Golf Architecture

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Who will enjoy the McLay-Kidd-designed golf course in Terras da Comporta?

By: 2022. 09. 15.

I am still under the spell of Mike Keiser's book The Nature of the Game: Links Golf at Bandon Dunes and Far Beyond. I believe links courses are far more exciting and closer to the authentic form of…

Tom Wiskopf Garmany and Despain at Troon North

Tom Weiskopf R.I.P.

By: 2022. 08. 22.

I am unfortunate to start the week with this news. Tom Weiskopf passed away on August 20th at the age of 79. Winner of 16 PGA TOUR titles, Tom Weiskopf was a prolific golf course designer/co-designer, responsible for 70-plus…

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The Chart Hills Golf Club is expanding with a new par-3 golf course

By: 2022. 08. 09.

I like to think about a new investment idea in the way how it can improve the overall customer experience at the golf club. I thought I'd mention this because Chart Hills Golf Club is now building an…

EIGCA AM2022 - Jason Straka ASGCA, Tim Lobb, EIGCA

Where is the EIGCA action plan & recommendations to tackle climate change?

By: 2022. 07. 14.

In recent years, the efforts of Sentosa Golf Club have impressed me the most as they try to make their operations environmentally friendly and sustainable. The 2022 EIGCA Annual Meeting was held from Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th…

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What would make the golf experience at Gamble Sands more attractive?

By: 2022. 07. 13.

Last year Gamble Sands (located in Brewster, Wash.) launched the David McLay Kidd-designed QuickSands Course a 14-hole short course. The 18-hole Sands Course opened for play in 2014 to widespread acclaim, with the 100,000 square foot Cascades putting course following shortly thereafter. Now Gamble…

Lake Merced Golf Club 13th hole after renovation

What does “the MacKenzie vibe” look like at Lake Merced Golf Club’s golf course?

By: 2022. 07. 12.

The Hanse Golf Design and Heritage Links won the renovation project of the Lake Merced Golf Club golf course renovation. Starting in October 2021, Hanse Golf Design (HGD) has collaborated with course builder Heritage Links on a comprehensive,…

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What new expectations must be met in golf course development?

By: 2022. 07. 04.

Last October, Jason Straka was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) at the organization’s 75th Annual Meeting in Cleveland. Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design won this renovation project for the Belleair Golf Club’s 2…

Belleair Country Club Fry Straka golf architects

What will the Belleair Country Club West Course look like after the renovation?

By: 2022. 05. 25.

I am so happy that I can share with you this great news. Belleair Country Club - the oldest golf club in Florida - has got two Donald Ross-design golf courses. Now the club has decided to renovate…

Farleigh Golf Club Operation Pollinator program 2021 Syngenta

Farleigh Golf Club won England Golf’s ‘Sustainability Project of The Year’ award

By: 2022. 04. 25.

The Royal Horticultural Society says the main problem affecting most pollinators is thought to be the loss of suitable habitat. Including forage, nesting, breeding sites, climate change, and pesticides.  Those golf clubs who are already paying attention to the above-mentioned phenomenon…

Country Club of Colombus fairway

What justified the upgrade of the bunkers in the Country Club of Columbus?

By: 2022. 04. 14.

The Country Club of Columbus in Georgia was founded in 1909. The course was rebuilt in the early 1920s by Donald Ross. Architect Drew Rogers, at the time working for Arthur Hills, renovated it between 2000-2002, but until…

16th hole Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

The new David McLay Kidd-designed golf course of Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

By: 2022. 04. 12.

To be more precise, David McLay Kidd has just completed a 17-month renovation project (a $7 million dollar project) and redesigned Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club’s former Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss-designed course, which opened for play…

Black Desert Resort Construction

Black Desert Resort gets a very playable Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course

By: 2022. 03. 31.

I have just found a very interesting golf resort development project, the Black Desert Resort. The Black Desert Resort is a 600-plus acre resort, golf and entertainment district in Ivins, Utah, a suburb of St. George. D.A. Davidson…

Alcaidesa Links - La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort

La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort: golf and luxury by the sea. How?

By: 2022. 02. 22.

The Millenium Hospitality has acquired 90,000 square meters for 33.2 million Euros in the estate known as La Hacienda de San Roque in 2019. Today it is called La Hacienda Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort. With this acquisition Millenium…

Union League National Golf Club par 4 2nd hole on the Meade Nine-resized

The new incarnation of Union League National Golf Club

By: 2022. 02. 16.

With 23 holes down and 4 to go, the new incarnation of Union League National Golf Club, designed by Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design, would normally be looking at a grand reopening sometime in late 2022. Union League…

Sir Nick’s renovation of Golf de Val-Grand

Sir Nick Faldo’s 1st French project: Golf de Val-Grand

By: 2021. 11. 25.

I must admit I have not heard anything in the last 12 years about Golf de Val-Grand (25 km from the center of Paris). Maybe not by accident. Sir Nick Faldo was asked to rejuvenate and re-energize Golf…

Silk Path Dong Trieu Golf Course to begin the course's groundbreaking

Sir Nick Faldo’s latest Signature masterpiece: Silk Path Dong Trieu Golf Course

By: 2021. 11. 02.

The construction of Sir Nick Faldo's latest Signature masterpiece, the Silk Path Dong Trieu Golf Course is in progress. The centerpiece of the multi-million-dollar project in the northeast of Vietnam will be an 18-hole championship course, capable of…

Penha Long Resort The Atlantic Course

How would you upgrade Penha Longa Resort’s The Atlantic golf course?

By: 2021. 10. 27.

In 2019, I recommended Penha Longa Resort for five reasons: golf experience: The Atlantic & The Monastery golf courses were designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.; cycling; surfing;wine experience;gastronomy - 3 restaurants with Michelin Stars Penha Longa Resort has…

Verdura Resort golf course Kyle Phillips design

How did Kyle Phillips upgrade the golf courses at Verdura Resort?

By: 2021. 10. 20.

In 2009, Kyle Phillips has designed two 18-hole golf courses and a 9-hole course for the Verdura Resort. Verdura Resort was the host venue of the 2012 Sicilian Open. The resort is a member of the European Tour…

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What are the new elements in GEO’s Sustainable Golf Development Standard 2.0?

By: 2021. 09. 22.

The first version/edition of GEO's Sustainable Golf Development Standard was created in 2016. The main focus was three areas: PreparationDesignConstruction Even then, I really missed the fourth element/phase, the "follow-up." To remain relevant and stay in business golf…

Isle of Purbeck Golf Club Owners David Suruki and Kathy Tatar and Tim Lobb-resized

How will Lobb + Partners renovate Isle of Purbeck Golf Club?

By: 2021. 08. 03.

I think I found another golf course designed by Harry Colt. Some doubt that the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club has got a Harry Colt-designed golf course. Another source says the first nine holes were laid out by…