Ambitious plans to redesign a city’s golf course would improve drainage issues that “affect membership” and “restrict play.”

An application to make phased changes to the 18-hole golf course in Whitehaven over the next 15 years has been submitted to Copeland Council.

Improvements would include changes to ground levels, creating additional planting areas to replace existing ones, and improving drainage.

The plans were proposed by Western Lakes Ltd, owners of the 77 hectare site at Red Lonning.

Over £5million has already been invested in the Whitehaven golf course, with a new clubhouse, 12-bay golf driving range with pro shop and teaching bay, and course improvements with planting, drainage, a new second hole and improved bunkers.

However, there are issues with the physical condition of the site, which has a “critical influence on gameplay”, according to plans.

A planning statement submitted with the application states: “The impeded drainage on most of the fairways means that in times of heavy rainfall and during the period from October to March, the course is unplayable.

“To add to this, much of the wooded areas on the site which have been planted following surface operations have been inserted via a ‘ridge and furrow’ method, meaning they are impenetrable by players trying to find balls and are not accessible to machinery for maintenance.These areas also suffer from impeded drainage.

“Play restrictions caused by drainage issues and impenetrable planted areas have affected membership and limit serious play to the summer months. Even this can be interrupted by periods of heavy rain.”

The proposed changes would improve the quality of lane design and address existing drainage issues.

Each phase will incorporate new and re-established woodland areas to increase the course setting and eliminate current issues.

It would be planned to maintain an 18-hole offer throughout the duration of the works and the driving range, the pro-shop and the club house will remain permanently open.