Which type of structure for the golf facility

 

A membership club
A green fee facility
A corporate golf venue
An hotel-driven course
Find the correct balance between the above to create a dynamic and harmonious use of the golf course
Focus on creating within the buildings and in particular the clubhouse a golf-rich environment which would set new standards as a golfing “haven”

 

Design process

Prepare a note for the developer reviewing the draft routings of the golf course, appreciating the qualities and identifying any weaknesses such as green to tee walking distances, challenges beyond the possibilities of the average golfer which would give the layout a negative reputation of being “unplayable”

Relate with the retained architect to ensure that the course, its landscaping and shaping reflect the objectives of the developer such as not being too tough for the average golfer but being capable of being set up for a top level championship

Ensure that the designer understands that the local market enjoys a walking course rather than a buggy-only layout. An example would be The Grove where the cart paths were built from the outset to make the venue welcoming to all types of events

Communicate to the designer the importance of ease of maintenance of the facility in order to avoid overly expensive green-keeping budgets

Organise visits for the retained architect and his team to classic courses to ensure that the feel of the course is inspired by the greats of the past and not felt by the golfer as being out of context in the European golfing environment

 

Construction Period

Assist at regular site visits with the designer and oversee the progress of the construction on behalf of the developer
Ensure that the golf course corresponds both in quality and playability with the brief given to the designer
Take video film and photographs of the various phases in order to deliver to the developer a history of the construction for the club’s archives