Plans to enhance the playing experience at Darley and Belleisle golf courses (South Ayrshire, Scotland) have begun with the appointment of Jeff Danner, ASGCA, (Pangaea Golf Architecture). Danner and Stuart Rennie and Jeff Danner are leading the project in collaboration with professional golfer Paul Lawrie.

Detailed site analysis, including topographical and ecological surveys, has already begun, essential for understanding each course’s unique characteristics. The initial design concepts are expected to be unveiled this summer.

“Having grown up playing these historic courses as Darley and Belleisle is an exciting opportunity to bring our passion and expertise in design to get it right,” said Rennie. “Our goal is to enhance the playability and natural beauty of these courses, ensuring they meet the highest standards for golfers of all levels.”

Danner added, “Working on two very different courses presents a unique dynamic to the design process. On the one hand, we are looking to leverage and elevate the firm and fast attributes of a sandy site with endless potential in the Darley. On the other hand, at Belleisle, we have an opportunity to immerse ourselves in James Braid’s legacy and figure out how to pay tribute while meeting the needs of modern golfers.”

Lawrie, a former winner of The Open and Ryder Cup player, will provide valuable input into the redesigns from a player’s perspective. His insights will ensure that the new designs align with the needs and expectations of the golfing community.

As part of a commitment to community engagement, once the initial design concepts are developed, they will be shared with the public. This will allow golfers and community members to offer their valuable feedback on the future of the courses, ensuring that the enhancements reflect the community’s needs and desires.

Councilor Brian Connolly, Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure, said, “I’m delighted that plans are moving forward at Darley and Belleisle courses with the appointment of Pangaea Golf Architecture. This project highlights our commitment to enriching our golfing legacy.

“It’s also really exciting to have Paul Lawrie involved. His worldwide reputation as a Major winner and Ryder Cup player makes Mr. Lawrie the ideal man to oversee this project.

“Add in his renowned reputation created by his Paul Lawrie Foundation and the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, and we have the ideal person to help us establish our Golf Development Academy. We’re all looking forward to working with Paul and Pangaea.”