MJ Abbott

Construction of new golf course and associated landscaping

The Grove, Hertfordshire

Project summary

New championship golf course at London's country retreat

MJ Abbott secured the golf course construction work following submission of a competitive tender. Additional hotel and landscaping work was negotiated during the course of the contract directly with the client.

The course was designed by Kyle Phillips.

The scope of work included:

  • Construction of 18 hole golf course, driving range and practice facility to full USGA specification from site clearance through to preparation and seeding
  • Design and installation of primary drainage and automatic irrigation system following final shaping of earthworks
  • Construction of cart path system around the golf course and estate
  • Construction of landscape within the walled garden including swimming pool earthworks, artificial tennis court, croquet lawn and later beach volley ball court
  • Construction of natural grass football pitch complete with drainage and irrigation
  • Formal lawns and landscape areas within hotel grounds.

In subsequent years MJ Abbott has carried out additional works at The Grove and extensive landscaping works at The Runnymede Hotel, which is in the same ownership.

The Grove hosted the WGC American Express Championship in 2006, and the British Masters in 2016.

Working with Kyle and the team from Abbotts was a real pleasure and I am very proud of what we have created together. Without Abbotts and their willingness to approach all aspects of the project with energy, enthusiasm and efficiency we would not have the fantastic venue that exists today.

Christopher Andrews

Director, Ralph Trustees Limited