Golf Architecture

Kenwood Country Club golf course renovation

What would you renovate most at the Kenwood Country Club?

By: 2021. 03. 02.

Around 2018, the 36-hole Kenwood Country Club (since 1930; Cincinnati, Ohio) decided to renovate the golden-age layout of Kendale Course. Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design won the assignment. The renovation started in August 2019. Originally they planned to…

Jack Nicklaus Design Confirmed For Qiddiya

Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Qiddiya is a dream?

By: 2021. 02. 05.

Two years ago, I wrote Saudi Arabia is diversifying its economy by moving away from oil. To achieve this, the Saudi government launched the Quality of Life Program. They are planning to invest 130 billion riyals (1 riyal =…

Sterling Grove #10 - Photo Credit Patrick Koenig

Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club will be an exclusive private club

By: 2021. 02. 01.

The Nicklaus Design and Heritage Links began the development of an 18-hole course at Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club on 7 February 2019. This is the second Nicklaus Design golf course with Toll Brothers (a Troon brand).…

Golf Saudi's Abdullah Kamakhi

Abdullah Kamakhi became Saudi Arabia’s 1st golf architect

By: 2021. 01. 27.

These days we are witnessing the latest achievement of Saudi Arabia to become a real golf country. First, let me summarize some of the achievements of the Kingdom: Host a Eurpean Tour event in 2019 at the Royal Greens…

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The Festival of Turf is coming in the COVID-secure setting

By: 2020. 12. 22.

How quickly we will get used to online events instead of meeting face-to-face in offline environment? When we will master schmoozing and building relationships as we do during offline events over a drink or coffee? These thoughts are…

Dr Frank Rossi BIGGA Continue to Learn Educational Program online

BIGGA’s Continue to Learn education program goes online in 2021

By: 2020. 12. 16.

The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) has unveiled its program of education for January 2021, with members offered access to BIGGA’s world-renowned Continue to Learn via an entirely-online platform for the first time ever. BIGGA should…

Troon Country Club final version

The results of Troon Country Club’s $4.6 million golf course renovation

By: 2020. 12. 03.

We don't hear too much about Tom Weiskopf's golf course design works. He has got only cca. 26 golf course design works in the US. Troon Country Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) is one of his first venture into golf…

Ban Rakat Club Ballyshear Golf Links

Ballyshear Golf Links is Gil Hanse’s first-ever design in Asia

By: 2020. 11. 24.

I am very happy to hear news about golf course development despite the COVID-19. Architect Gil Hanse will open the full 18 at Ballyshear Golf Links, a remarkable hole-by-hole homage to The Lido Club, in August 2021.  Hanse harnessed…

Vattanac Golf Resort West golf course the terrace of hte elephants

What makes the Vattanac Golf Resort in Cambodia attractive?

By: 2020. 11. 20.

We do not necessarily think of Cambodia as a typical golf destination. However, it is one of the rising golf destinations in Asia, right after Vietnam. Cambodia has been named as the 2020 Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year in…

6 bed lodge - Dundonald Links

Is £25m enough to revamp Dundonald Links into a luxury golf resort?

By: 2020. 10. 19.

If we think about it more, we can easily realize how challenging it is to meet the needs of luxury golf tourists / travelers. Before I would detail the ambitious £25m investment of Dundonald Links to revamp their…

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This is how Chart Hills will look like next spring

By: 2020. 09. 29.

I have already shared with you the news about the renovation work at Chart Hills. The club is hoping that all of the work will be completed before the start of the 2021 golf season or sooner if…

Sir Nick Faldo Laguna Golf Lang Co 19th hole during the planning

What could make the Laguna Golf Lang Co more memorable?

By: 2020. 09. 15.

In my previous post last December I wrote about the importance of developing memorable moments for our golf club/resort's guests and members. Then I said: We must avoid flat/”mostly forgettable” experiences and create moments that matter to our customers. „Defining…

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Golf course agronomy spending optimization…beyond imagination

By: Simon Doyle - Director of Agronomy, Troon 2020. 09. 14.

Everyone’s needs and abilities are different so the first question really is; how good do you have to be in order to be successful in your market and/or to meet the demands of your ownership, members, and guests?…

Moorfleet Golf Club a Parkland Course

How will revive the German Moorfleet Golf Club?

By: Rainer Preissmann - Former president of EIGCA 2020. 09. 07.

What to do if a golf course was getting a bit long in the tooth and the new owner wants to realize its own ideas of a lucrative and sustainable golf operation? Those who entered the Moorfleet Golf Club for the first time last year…

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Will Oaks Prague be a true luxury residential community?

By: 2020. 08. 22.

Early this week I had been on a FAM trip to Oaks Prague (Czech Republic). Before I would share my impressions and thoughts about the golf resort it is interesting to understand the needs and expectations of affluent…

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How Chart Hills is preparing for the 2021 golf season?

By: 2020. 06. 24.

One of the last golf business news of 2019 was the acquisition of Chart Hills Golf Club by the Ramac Holdings Ltd. The new owner's probably the first major project is the extensive redevelopment and improvement of the entire 250-acre…

Buzzard on a Bench at St Enodoc Golf Club

How did sustainability cause win at St Enodoc Golf Club?

By: 2020. 06. 22.

The St Enodoc Golf Club in north Cornwall, England has just embarked on a 5-year ecological management plan to return both its championship Church Course and Holywell Course back to a biodiverse landscape. Their intention was to find the…

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How could the Prince’s Golf Club impress you?

By: 2020. 06. 15.

I thought to ask it because the Prince's Golf Club has just completed their 3-year renovation project with the opening of Smugglers’ Landing, a completely new par-3. The renowned golf course architects, Mackenzie & Ebert scooped this project 3…

getting out from coronavirus

How do golf clubs respond commercially to coronavirus? – Part 4.

By: 2020. 04. 15.

In the first three parts of my article series, you got insights on how leading golf clubs' leaders are managing and leading their golf club during the coronavirus crisis. This time, I will bring you further insights from…

LedgeRock Golf Club Rees Jones plan 17th hole

When will LedgeRock Golf Club reopen its 17th hole?

By: 2020. 03. 31.

I already told you last year that during 2019, Rees Jones and his team will concentrate on two holes at LedgeRock Golf Club — the downhill, par-3 10th (see photo below), and the uphill, par-4 17th — with plans to adjust other holes…