Members of the Brantford Golf & Country Club have voted to approve renovations to their historic golf course in partnership with Whitman, Axland and Cutten, starting fall, 2021.
The master plan, which was first mentioned in an interview with architect Keith Cutten and has been in the works since 2018 is set to re-imagine Brantford’s current golf course whilst keeping the history in tact.
“Our team is excited by this opportunity to restore a look and feel that celebrates Brantford’s distinctive history and architecture pedigree. We believe our plan will cement Brantford’s reputation as one of Canada’s preeminent clubs well into the future,” said Keith Cutten.
While partner Rod Whitman says the intent is to improve the layout, respect for the history and style of golf that already makes Brantford special will be very important.
When asked about partnering with WAC, Brantford superintendent Stephen Hicks said the whole team is excited to work closely with Rod Whitman and Keith Cutten to set up the club for long term success moving forward.
“Their vision and workmanship will inevitably create a one-of-a-kind experience for our members and their guests” said Hicks.
Specific enhancements include a new irrigation plan and an improved layout set to increase playability, strategy, and enjoyability. The master plan—attached below—highlights WAC’s philosophy of wider fairways, economical, yet meaningful bunkers, and short grass green-side surrounds. Work will begin on the irrigation system this August, with the project wrapping up in Fall of 2022 and fully open for golf season 2023.
Originally founded in 1876, Brantford is recognized as North America’s fourth oldest golf club. The current layout opened in 1919 at the hands of Nicol Thompson. Since then, numerous architects have had their hands on the golf course, including Nicol’s brother Stanley Thompson, Robbie Robinson, Graham Cooke, and more recently Ian Andrew, all helping curate one of Canada’s most respected clubs and golf courses. The club has the notable distinction of being home to both PGA Tour’s David Hearn and LPGA’s Alena Sharp.
Whitman, Axland & Cutten is the distinguished firm behind Canadian Top 100 courses such as Cabot Links, Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club, Blackhawk Golf Club, and Wolf Creek Golf Resort. Brantford Golf & Country Club will be the first Ontario project for the firm, and one of the firms’ only Canadian renovations, which includes The Algonquin Resort and Fredericton Golf Club. Currently, Brantford sits at 82nd on SCOREGolf’s recent Top 100 in Canada ranking.