David Williams marks 30 years of design with an artistic commission

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David Williams celebrated the 30th anniversary of his design company by commissioning Welsh artist Arwyn Davis, a former colleague of David Williams Golf Design, to paint a series of watercolors of holes the company designed.

The first completed board is the par-three tenth hole at Real Golf de Pedreña, which was redesigned by Williams in 2014, four years after he began work at the club. Williams presented the artwork to club general manager Pedro Navedo during a site visit in the fall of 2021.

“We were originally commissioned to produce the master plan for the historic course, designed by the great Harry Colt and built in 1928, over a decade ago,” Williams said. “Since then we have worked virtually every year – usually in the fall – to redesign and rebuild the holes, greens, tees, bunker, drainage and irrigation, which has resulted in the transformation of all features , to continue with holes two and four this fall.”

“The renovation of holes at Pedreña generally retains greens and tees in the same locations as previously designed, although many bunkers have been redesigned and relocated,” Williams said. “However, the tenth hole was an exception, with an all-new green location.”

When the original Colt course was built, the ninth and eleventh holes ran side by side like par fours but in opposite directions, with the tenth hole par three playing behind the ninth green and the eleventh tee. In the 1970s, the ninth and eleventh were extended to par fives with a new ninth green and eleventh tee seeing Colt’s tenth green abandoned. It was then replaced by a long par three uphill to a small and difficult green.

On new ground approximately 100 yards from the original tenth green, Williams recreated Colt’s design for this hole, with some minor adjustments to the contours of the green’s surface.

“It was the obvious hole to illustrate, and I’m delighted that Arwyn Davies, an old friend and colleague, fully grasped the character and the test of the hole,” Williams said. “I am also very pleased that the club appreciates the painting as a fitting reminder of our long association together.”


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