CHAMPION golfer Alison Nicholas has taken a tour around a local course that she helped to redesign.
The Birmingham-based player has become the latest professional to get involved in this side of the sport, lending her expertise to Shirley Golf Club.
She played a couple of games on the green and offered suggestions on ways to improve the Stratford Road site.
“I was approached to come and give some suggestions, so I came out here and played a few games,” she told the Solihull News.
“If you look at people like Nick Faldo, more and more players are getting involved in design work.
“This is the first time I’ve made recommendations for a design, but I’d like to do more in future if the opportunity arises.”
The five-year development is the biggest change to the course since the club was set up 55-years-ago.
Sixty-four trees have been moved, bunkers have been reshaped and new water features have been introduced.
As part of a drive to make the course more environmentally-friendly, the pools will now fill with drainage water.
While the club said that it would take another two-years to finish the work, members say they have now completed the major changes.
“If anything it should be slightly more challenging after the re-design,” said Alison.