David Williams celebrates 30 years of design with an artistic commission

David Williams marked 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 designed by the company.

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

“We were originally tasked with producing the master plan for the historic course, designed by the great Harry Colt and built in 1928, over ten years ago,” said Williams. “Since that time we have worked virtually every year – usually in the fall – to redesign and rebuild the holes, greens, tees, bunker, drainage and irrigation, leading to the transformation of all features, continuing with holes two and four this fall. “

“The hole renovations at Pedreña generally keep the greens and tees in the same locations as previously designed, although many bunkers have been redesigned and relocated,” said Williams. “The tenth hole was an exception, however, with a brand new green location.”

When Colt’s original course was built, the ninth and eleventh were running side-by-side like par-fours, but in opposite directions, with the tenth par-three playing behind the ninth green and the eleventh tee. In the 1970s the ninth and eleventh were extended to a par five with a new ninth green and an eleventh tee seeing Colt’s tenth green abandoned. It was then replaced by a long par three uphill to a tough little green.

On new ground about 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 am delighted that Arwyn Davies, an old friend and colleague, has fully captured the character and the test of the hole,” said Williams. “I am also very happy that the club appreciates the painting as a fitting reminder of our long association together.”


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