Category: Golf Architecture

RACV Royal Pines is undergoing a major facelift to become a stronger and more exciting tournament layout

Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

When the tournament marshals surrounding the 18th green on the final day of the recent Volvik RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast raised their “Quiet Please” signs for silence as Cheyenne Woods completed her significant victory in the event, it might well be the last time in the immediate future that [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Ocean Dunes’ designer Graeme Grant with the planned signature 125 metre par-3 4th behind him

Ocean Dunes aims for 2014/15 opening

The golf course designer behind one of King Island’s two spectacular golf course developments says his course is still at least 12 months away from opening for play. King Island Ocean Dunes’ designer Graeme Grant says progress at the coastal links course has been hampered by the harsh conditions of the 2013 winter. “November, December [...]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
An illustration of the proposed Olympic course (Credit: Rio2016)

Gil Hanse selected to design Olympic Golf Course in Rio

In what may be a stunning surprise to many, US-based Hanse Golf Course Design won the bid to design the golf course in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games in 2016, beating out industry favourites including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player and Peter Thomson.

March 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Rio de Janeiro

Thomson Perrett a finalist for Olympic Golf Course in Rio

Thomson Perrett Golf Course Architects has been selected as one of 8 short-listed architectural companies to design the golf course which will host the golf event in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games. The announcement follows a worldwide competition launched by the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee. The “Request For Proposal” sought the leading golf [...]

December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Tianjin Fortune Lakes links course in Tianjin, N China

China: The new golf frontier

Given the global downturn in the development of new golf courses, China is now the focus of golf course architects and golf designers from Europe, The United States and Australia. Whilst the China market is very buoyant relative to other countries, the number of golf courses being built each year is small compared to the [...]

February 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Residential Golf Courses

Residential Golf Courses

Living on a golf course is a dream for many golfers. Social researchers refer to this phenomenon as ‘lifestyle living’ where residents seek to live in a location that enhances their desired lifestyle, whether it be access to the beach, to their boat, to the golf course or a vibrant city life. Golf residential developments [...]

January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments More
The National Open Course

Golf Architecture: Plan for the future

Golf Courses are living organisms and therefore are constantly changing. Managing this change is a challenge that every golf club or golfing facility must face, and golf course architects can play an important role in this process. It is surprising, however, that very few golf clubs have a clear plan for their long-term future. In traditional [...]

January 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Summertime: It’s time to play

Summertime: It’s time to play

Summertime is a great time to play golf in Australia, and the Golf Course Architects encourage you to dust off your clubs and get back on the golf course. Golf needs you, your family and friends to make the most of the opportunities this summer and help rekindle the spirit of Australian golf. The Global Financial [...]

December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
The beautiful Jockey Club (Kau Sai Chau)

The importance of site selection in golf course design

Selecting the right site is fundamental to the success of a golf project. Unfortunately, the site for the golf course is often selected long before the golf course architect is selected. This can lead to many problems, including delays in getting planning approvals, costly construction, scarcity of available water, ongoing maintenance problems and dubious financial [...]

November 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
An Aerial View of Dent Island

World Heritage Golf

Australia can now lay claim to have a golf course in a World Heritage Marine Park –possibly a world first. The recently opened Hamilton Island Golf Course on the adjacent Dent Island proves that, with responsible planning and design, golf has an exciting future in Australia — despite the existence of an arguably overly-bureaucratic planning [...]

September 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Drainage is critical for green design

Golf Green Design

Designing putting greens is one of the most enjoyable and challenging tasks that a Golf Course Architect undertakes. Putting greens vary enormously from course to course and region to region depending on the natural terrain, climate and type of course. Many factors need to be considered when designing greens including the selection of the green [...]

August 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Yarra Bend GC

Remodelling existing golf courses: Yarra Bend GC

Remodelling established golf courses is an important part of the work that Golf Course Architects undertake. Golf courses are dynamic, are constantly changing and are affected by incremental tree growth, changing weather patterns and poor maintenance practices. Not all these changes are positive and at times it is necessary to intervene to rectify the situation. [...]

June 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Augusta National Golf Course

April is a special time in the golfing calendar as it heralds the arrival of The US Masters – the first Major golfing tournament of the year, played at the picturesque Augusta National Golf Club. The tournament will be watched by millions of golf fans around the world and thousands of Australians who will religiously [...]

April 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
The Sandhurst Champions Course

The Basics of Bunkers

Bunkers are an integral part of most golf courses and have their origins in the wastelands of the early links courses that were built on the wind-blown sand dunes of the Scottish coast . From these humble beginnings, golf is now played in all corners of the globe and golf courses have adapted to all [...]

March 1, 2010 | 0 Comments More
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