Golf Architecture

Ross Perrett, Managing Director of Thomson Perrett Golf Course Architects, shares his extensive knowledge of Golf Course architecture and design.

Peter Thomson retires from architecture

Peter Thomson retires from architecture

After over 50 years in golf course design, Thomson Perrett founder Peter Thomson has announced his formal retirement from golf course architecture.  Peter established the company in 1965 after winning his fifth British Open and has since worked on over 250 projects in 30 countries including building over 100 new courses. Peter’s contribution and impact […]

Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern unveils a trio of new holes

Northern Golf Club has unveiled its three brand-new holes and announced a vision for a drastically improved water supply and long-term master plan of its course and clubhouse. Members teed off Northern’s new Thomson Perrett-designed eighth, ninth and 10th holes on April 16. “Nine and 10 are brand-new holes, which will probably be rated one […]

Strathfield’s Golf by Design renovation underway

Strathfield’s Golf by Design renovation underway

One of Sydney’s busiest golf course makeover companies, James Wilcher’s Golf by Design, has won the contract to rebuild Strathfield’s new-look layout, with work recently beginning on the project. The GBD Master Plan for the project was released late last year and the new design will feature both the 18th and eighth holes finishing near […]

Ocean Dunes sprints towards opening

Ocean Dunes sprints towards opening

The gates at Ocean Dunes on King Island will swing open before the end of the year, according to the man responsible for building the stunning 18-hole golf course. Graeme Grant – former long-time superintendent at Kingston Heath in Melbourne and one of several directors at Ocean Dunes – said the front nine and the […]

New Eastern course nearing completion

New Eastern course nearing completion

MEMBERS of The Eastern Golf club in Melbourne were recently treated to a sneak-peek of their new Greg Norman-designed golf course, currently under construction in the Yarra Valley. As part of the club’s ongoing going commitment to communication and development transparency to members, the club hosted an Open Day on site in Yering in December. […]

Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

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 […]

Ocean Dunes aims for 2014/15 opening

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 […]

Thomson Perrett a finalist for Olympic Golf Course in Rio

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 […]

China: The new golf frontier

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 […]

The importance of site selection in golf course design

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 […]

World Heritage Golf

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 […]

Golf 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 […]

Remodelling existing golf courses: 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. […]

Augusta National Golf Course

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 […]

The Basics of Bunkers

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 […]

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