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World renowned golf course photographer, Kevin Murray recent shot our completed major renovation works to The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire.

 

Kevin Murray capturing the moment on hole 3.

Kevin Murray capturing the moment on hole 3.

 

We worked closely with original design and Ryder Cup star Brian Huggett to keep his philosophy and spirit within the design. The newly bunkered course asked many strategic questions and provides an interesting challenge for golfers. The construction works were carried out by Profusion Environmental over the hot summer of 2018.

 

Blinder liner was placed in the bunker with a fescue top to provide texture and durability.

Blinder liner was placed in the bunker with a fescue top to provide texture and durability.

 

 

The stunning 8th hole.

The stunning 8th hole.

 

 

Our works included the re working of many lake edges, which was re constructed using high quality marine treated French Oak. The wood and craftsmanship is first class and adds to the quality of the golf offering.

 

Some of the French Oak sleeper details in lakes.

Some of the French Oak sleeper details in lakes.

 

 

The gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside bordering the newly bunkered 4th hole.

The gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside bordering the newly bunkered 4th hole.

 

Clients Darwin Escapes were passionate to create a stunning course for their members and guests to enjoy. We think we have achieved this and thank Kevin for capturing the beauty of The Springs Golf Club.

 

New bunkering on hole 12.

New bunkering on hole 12.

 

 

The Home hole at the beautiful Springs Golf Club

The Home hole at the beautiful Springs Golf Club

 

Good golfing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written on June 25th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects recently held its annual general meeting in Paris. The meeting was the best attended in the Institute’s history with over one hundred and thirty people present, and saw Tim elected as Vice-President, in support of the new President, German architect Christoph Städler.

“It’s a huge honour to be nominated as EIGCA Vice-President,” says Tim. “I see my role as supporting Christoph in his work as President, working to enhance the status of golf course architects across Europe and to give the best service we can to our members.”

 

(left) Past President - Ross McMurray (centre) President - Christophe Staedler (right) Vice President - Tim Lobb

(left) Past President – Ross McMurray (centre) President – Christophe Staedler (right) Vice President – Tim Lobb

 

 

EIGCA’s President’s Cup golf tournament was contested on Harry Colt’s Golf de St Germain, and the Albatros course at Golf National, host to the recent Ryder Cup, but time constraints prevented Tim from playing. But he wasn’t too disappointed to have missed out when he saw the scoring! “Golf National is one of the hardest courses in Europe, and our group was something like 750 over par in total,” he says. “Luckily we are making a living from designing golf courses and not playing them!”

Written on May 14th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb, Top Courses

Lobb + Partners is expanding into Canada, with the news that former European Golf Design staffed Alex Hay has come onboard as a Canadian partner and design associate. Canada, where more than one in seven of the population plays golf, is one of the most dynamic golf markets in the world. Here’s a brief interview with Alex.

What’s your background in golf?

Though I was born in Surrey in the south of England, my father is from Fortrose in Scotland, and he introduced me to golf at an early age. On family trips back to Scotland, we played courses like Nairn and Fortrose & Rosemarkie. I was a member of Epsom Golf Club in Surrey for twenty years, and I play to a seven handicap.

 

Young Alex Hay learning golf in Scotland.

Young Alex Hay learning golf in Scotland.

 

 

How did you come to be in Canada?

My wife Alaina is Canadian. We met in London and lived there for ten years – we have two sons aged five and seven – and we decided to up sticks and move to Whistler in Canada. I worked for European Golf Design for ten years as well, so I was keen to stay in the design business after my move.

 

Alex Hay and Tim Lobb during Canadian workshop in Whistler.

Alex Hay and Tim Lobb during Canadian workshop in Whistler.

 

 

Why Lobb + Partners?

I have known Tim for many years through the EIGCA and admired his new build courses, but I was impressed by his growing list of historically significant projects in the Surrey area where I grew up playing. Canada has the oldest courses in North America and participation in golf is among the highest in the world. I hope to bring some of our experience to courses in British Columbia and beyond.

Written on May 14th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

 

Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey has taken on the services of Lobb + Partners to carry out renovations to its historic Harry Colt-designed course.

Tim Lobb, whose past projects include work on Colt courses at St George’s Hill and Blackmoor, is determined that Colt’s legacy will be honoured in a sympathetic, long-term renovation that will retain his original design philosophy while bringing the course up to date for the modern age.

 

The skyline 12th green

The skyline 12th green

 

 

Colt’s original course dates from 1924, and Lobb has been engaged by the club to carry out a ‘course-evolution programme’, retaining its natural and historic character.

Lobb and his colleagues have gathered extensive historical data on the course, including aerial photography from English Heritage from the 1940s, ’60s and ’90s, as the team looks to assess potential changes in a systematic way.

 

Historic aerials used during the research period.

Historic aerials used during the research period.

 

 

Tandridge’s course director, Peter Allington, said: “Many improvements have been made to the course over the past ten years, but it is imperative we continue to move the club forward in a controlled and planned manner, so we are looking to produce and implement a course evolution plan for the next decade and potentially beyond that. Tim brings a professional and creative approach to the design process, while always respecting the Colt philosophy, and he maintains a ‘hands-on’ presence during the construction phase.”

 

L-R. Peter Allington, Tim Lobb and Iain Dyer onsite at Tandridge GC

L-R. Peter Allington, Tim Lobb and Iain Dyer onsite at Tandridge GC

Written on May 14th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

The final design of Thomson Perrett & Lobb (TPL) to open – NEWGIZA in Egypt’s capital Cairo – has been described as “instantly one of the elite courses in the Middle East and North Africa”.

 

The golf course architecture firm – comprising the late Peter Thomson, the five-time Open champion, and his fellow Australians Ross Perrett and Tim Lobb – began the project in 2005. NEWGIZA is located five miles from the Pyramids, which are visible from the tee of arguably the new course’s outstanding hole, the par-3 4th.

 

The dramatic 4th hole, par 3 with the Pyramids as a backdrop. WOW

The dramatic 4th hole, par 3 with the Pyramids as a backdrop. WOW

 

 

One of Europe’s leading golf travel writers Chris Bertram played NEWGIZA soon after it opened and believes it is already one of the finest courses in the region. “NEWGIZA overshadows any Spanish resort course I’ve played and compares favourably with almost every course in the Algarve – it’s up there with somewhere like Monte Rei,” said Bertram, who compiled Golf World’s Top 100s for 10 years and now edits National Club Golfer’s travel section and ranking lists.

 

The stunning 12th hole at NEWGIZA.

The stunning 12th hole at NEWGIZA.

 

 

“It surpasses anything in Belek except for possibly Carya, which also happens to be a TPL design, and is better than anything I’ve played elsewhere in Egypt and Morocco. It is instantly one of the elite courses in the Middle East and North Africa by virtue of the variety of holes and consistent entertainment. And even early in its life, it is immaculately conditioned.”

 

Perfectly conditioned playing conditions at NEWGIZA. Here is the 9th  hole.

Perfectly conditioned playing conditions at NEWGIZA. Here is the 9th hole.

 

 

While NEWGIZA’s quarry setting gives the course a striking atmosphere, it added to the difficulty during construction.

“Working on this NEWGIZA course has been an incredible journey from complex design work, challenging construction conditions to seeing the course mature into a grown-up golf experience,” said Tim Lobb, a Partner of design firm TPL.

 

“We have been blessed with a wonderful client who supported our ideas, passionate construction teams and incredible greenkeeping staff to produce the course we see today.”

 

The design incorporates the natural quarry features. This is the split level par 3, 6th hole.

The design incorporates the natural quarry features. This is the split level par 3, 6th hole.

 

 

Ross Perrett, Partner of TPL added: “Since first walking the site in 2005 we knew we had the potential to do a unique course in this quarry setting just out of Cairo. Working hard with the client and development team we planned a course that would explore a lot of the site, including views of the Pyramids and give a context to the local cultural landscape.”

 

The 13th hole with large great and stunning quarry setting.

The 13th hole with large great and stunning quarry setting.

 

 

NEWGIZA is a championship-length course characterised by often dramatic changes in elevation, water hazards and huge undulating greens. There is no rough, with landscaped sandy waste areas lining the fairways, and the only way to lose a ball is in lakes. On and around the huge greens, however, it is a constant challenge, with significant movement in every surface.

 

The challenging uphill par 4, 18th hole at NEWGIZA

The challenging uphill par 4, 18th hole at NEWGIZA

 

 

Renowned golf course photographer Kevin Murray was commissioned to shoot the course during the Alps Tour event that it staged at the beginning of April.

 

“To set a course against one of the true wonders of the world is a brave and daring proposition,” says Sussex-based Murray. “The vision to craft a layout that sits naturally in the imposing terrain of NEWGIZA is a skill not many are blessed with. From a playable and visual perspective, the design delivers at the very pinnacle of great golf course architecture”. “I was very proud to be chosen as the first golf photographer to capture the brilliance and majesty of NEWGIZA,” Murray added.

 

Approach to the par 5, 14th hole. What a stunner.

Approach to the par 5, 14th hole. What a stunner.

 

View Kevin Murrays photos via video preview: https://vimeo.com/328522373

 

The course is part of a huge 680 hectare development at NEWGIZA in the south-west of the city that includes upscale housing, sports arena, hotels, schools, universities and a vibrant community hub.

 

Notes to editors:

 

Since the retirement of Peter Thomson from Thomson Perrett & Lobb in 2016 and his subsequent passing in 2018 NEWGIZA will be recognised as the last Thomson Perrett & Lobb golf course design to open.

 

Since 2016 Tim Lobb has been operating as UK Based LOBB + PARTNERS and Ross Perrett as Australian based Perrett + Webb.

Written on April 11th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

After a bit of thought we have joined the Instagram community.

We plan to give a bit of an insight into our golf design practice from our Surrey (UK) and Whistler (Canada) offices.

Life on the road as a golf course architect is great fun and a true passion of ours. We will share some of our experiences on this platform.

Join us on Instagram:

 

@LobbPartners

 

https://www.instagram.com/lobbpartners/

 

 

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Written on February 26th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

 

 

Lobb & Partners has exciting new possibilities from a union agreed to tackle the Canadian golf market. Alex Hay, a former team member at European Golf Design, recently moved to Canada, and the two have formed a partnership to pursue Canadian prospects.

 

Alex Hay and Tim Lobb during Canadian workshop in Whistler.

Alex Hay (L)  and Tim Lobb (R)  have formed a partnership to service the Canadian market.

 

 

Alex said: “Canada is a major golf market, in fact, as a proportion of total population, more Canadians play golf than residents of any other country except Scotland. It’s also true that Canada has a rich history of quality golf course designs and facilities, but we believe that we can bring something new to the market. We have a number of exciting prospects that we are reviewing now and look forward to producing some stimulating and thought provoking designs.”

 

Written on February 2nd, 2019 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

As 2018 is drawing to an end it is nice to reflect on our past goals, achievements and near misses. Will keep this write up in short form and highlight some special moments from each month.

A quiet year on the social media but a busy year on the drawing boards and onsite. Go figure…

 

2018 Highlights

 

January: Following the December 27th, 2017 signing of our new 18 hole design contract in Ankara, Turkey with Carya owner, Mr Fikret Ozturk we commenced with the site analysis (with Naki Evrandir, GolfTek) and initial masterplanning (with Adam Crozier, Hatch) of the new Regnum Ankara Golf and Country Club. The rolling 200Ha is 30 minutes outside of Ankara and represented a wonderful prospect.

 

Onsite analysis of our new Ankara site with owners.

Onsite analysis of our new Ankara site with owners.

 

February: Undertook several meetings with original designer Brian Huggett regarding the redesign of the newly acquired Darwin Escapes – The Springs Golf Club in Oxfordshire. Construction was to commence shortly after so a busy design period kept a pace. We completed construction of the re(ducing) bunkering works to the New Course at Burhill Golf Club.

 

March: More Ankara workshops with masterplanning team and client in both London and Turkey. Working hard to finalise golf/ residential boundary so we can start with earthworks design and commence construction. Further trips to Cannes for the MIPIM conference and Cairo to visit NEWGIZA and Soma Bay. Advised to commence earthworks design for Soma Bay in Hurgada.

 

Final review of staking for new 18 holer in Soma Bay prior to starting earthworks design.

Final review of staking for new 18 holer in Soma Bay prior to starting earthworks design.

 

April: Nice family holiday to Melbourne and Sydney to see family and friends. Finished off earthworks design for holes 11-14 whilst away and construction started in Ankara. Came back from Australia with immediate site visit for the kick off to Ankara construction and our EIGCA AGM in Bruges, Belgium – what a city. The Springs starts full construction of their 18 hole renovation project.

 

May: Ankara is in full construction for holes 11-14. Busy completing the remainder of the earthworks design to keep construction on schedule. Further site visits to NEWGIZA and Soma Bay in Egypt to inspect construction and attend meetings. Attended Neil Wyatt’s funeral service which was one of the saddest days of my life but affirmed my love for this caring industry we are in. A lot of support for the Wyatt family there.

 

Into the final stages of construction for our new 18 holer at NEWGIZA in Cairo.

Into the final stages of construction for our new 18 holer at NEWGIZA in Cairo. It opened later in the year.

 

June: Site visit to one of my favourite golf courses on the planet – Royal Jersey Golf Club. Managed to pick up my new set of golf clubs which was a true treat as I bought my old set with my first pay cheque in the UK in 1998. Boy has technology changed since then. Meetings at St Georges Hill to finalise the winter works programme. The Springs is in full construction and we sadly see the passing of business partner, friend and mentor – Peter Thomson, surrounded by his family at home in Melbourne.

 

July: Attended the opening of our new 18 hole course in Bodrum, Turkey. This was a true collaboration with contractor Naki Evrandir of GolfTek as the ground conditions were so tough and we had to adapt to best suit. Managed a game on Sunningdale New with BIGGA as the temperatures started to rise and the fairways brown off across Britain. Another site visit to Ankara to inspect progress.

 

Regnum Bodrum opens for play. Another 18 holer for Mr Fikret Ozturk.

Regnum Bodrum opens for play. Another 18 holer for Mr Fikret Ozturk.

 

August: Summer is in full force in the UK with a heatwave on us. The Springs is continuing at a rate of knots with contractor Profusion Environmental. Another trip to Cairo to inspect progress of NEWGIZA for the end of year opening. Later part of the month spent holidaying and networking in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

 

September: Always a golfing highlight of the year is to host our annual golf day. This year we played for the Thomson Cup on the glorious Red Course at The Berkshire Golf Club, with the winner being Neil White from AECOM. Further trips to Ankara and The Ryder Cup in Paris capped off a fairly busy month.

 

Neil White of AECOM wins the Thomson Cup on the mighty Red Course at The Berkshire Golf Club.

Neil White of AECOM wins the Thomson Cup on the mighty Red Course at The Berkshire Golf Club.

 

October: Site visit to Ankara, with shaping of all 18 holes nearing completion on this rapid fire construction. Further meetings at Woking Golf Club and The Berkshire Golf Club to finalise winter works. The Springs Golf Club – 18 hole full renovation nears completion.

 

The Springs Golf Club renovation nearing completion.

The Springs Golf Club renovation nearing completion.

 

November: Submitted our plans for our recent work with Worplesdon Golf Club. Attended the Turkish Airlines Open at Carya GC with three valued clients of ours. Went to Scotland to look at a potential site with a US investor and did our last site visit to Ankara to finalise shaping works prior to winter shut down. Attended meetings at Huntercombe Golf Club to finalise our winter works. Our new 18 hole course NEWGIZA in Cairo opens for play and St Georges Hill starts construction of their winter works.

 

Naki Evrandir and Golf Tek did an amazing job to finalise shaping at Ankara within the year.

Naki Evrandir and Golf Tek did an amazing job to finalise shaping at Ankara within the year.

 

Winter works to holes 2, 5 and 18 commence at the historic St George's Hill Golf Club. Hole 5 pictured.

Winter works to holes 2, 5 and 18 commence at the historic St George’s Hill Golf Club. Hole 5 pictured.

 

December: Starting to come up for air now. Went to British Columbia in Canada to attend meetings with Alex Hay, who is our design partner in Canada. The scenery is truly spectacular, and we hope to make an impact in the region. Gained a new heathland commission but lost in the selection process for another. You can’t win them all and the day I realised that, many years ago, was the day that my stress and anxiety levels dropped. Christmas parties and time for family and friends now.

 

Alex Hay and Tim Lobb during Canadian workshop in Whistler.

Alex Hay and Tim Lobb during Canadian workshop in Whistler.

 

Thank you to our valued clients who continue to put their faith in us. We have had a very solid year and will work hard to retain and grow our portfolio around the world.

 

2018 Travel summary

Turkey (x11), Egypt (x3), France (x2), Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Canada, Jersey, Belgium, Spain.

 

Merry Christmas to all our friends and colleagues in this wonderful golf course design and development industry. Wishing you all a superb 2019.

Tim Lobb

Written on December 18th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

 

Over the first weekend in November two TPL (now LOBB + PARTNERS) projects reached for the stars and gave us much satisfaction.

Our new 18 hole design at the 600Ha + golf community of NEWGIZA in Cairo opened for play after a challenging yet rewarding construction period. The par 72, championship golf course has been a labour of love for the team for more than a decade (design and construction) and it was incredibly satisfying to hear the positive feedback of golfers playing the course for the first time.

 

Director of Golf, Ali Mohamed had the first birdie - on the first hole at NEWGIZA

Director of Golf, Ali Mohamed had the first birdie – on the first hole at NEWGIZA

 

Congratulations to all the design, engineering, planning, construction and maintenance teams. Without these professionals and wonderful clients this cannot be achieved.

 

Some drone images of the finished NEWGIZA course.

Some drone images of the finished NEWGIZA course.

 

Holes 10 and 18 at NEWGIZA

Holes 10 and 18 at NEWGIZA

 

During the same weekend in November Tim Lobb with three valued clients attended the third hosting of the European Tour, Rolex Series – Turkish Airlines Open at the TPL designed Carya Golf Club. The tournament was superbly won by Justin Rose for the second year running. The course and the Regnum hotel were impeccable as always and very much enjoyed by the players and guests. A true honour to see these elite players playing our course.

 

Watching Justin Rose playing into the 9th at Carya GC in Turkey.

Watching Justin Rose playing into the 9th at Carya GC in Turkey.

 

Again without the full dedication of the maintenance and operations team this tournament would not be possible. Congratulations to them on these magnificent achievements and to our golf loving client Mr Fikret Ozturk we wish you continued success.

 

Carya Golf Club hosts the European Tour, Rolex Series - Turkish Airlines Open for the third time.

Carya Golf Club hosts the European Tour, Rolex Series – Turkish Airlines Open for the third time.

 

What a weekend that was in November.

Good golfing.

Tim L

 

 

 

 

 

Written on December 17th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

On many of our projects we have walls around lake edges to enhance the edge treatment and to bring greens or tees closer to the water.

So how do we decide whether we will use timber or rock?

Quite often if the site is rocky and during the earthworks a lot of rock is excavated then we will always use that as the walling. Firstly it is saving the project money because we are using a recycled product and the wall will look a natural colour because it has come from onsite.

For our new 18 holer in Ankara our walling and open ditches are being constructed from onsite rock and looking great. The walls are a dry stone wall with tightly fitting smallish rock. I am really happy with the outcome and think it suits this open and expansive site. I have always found that sites with limited vegetation/ trees look better with rock.

 

The rock in Ankara took 6 days to build. Incredible.

The rock in Ankara took 6 days to build. Incredible.

 

In a different direction we are doing a full renovation of a parkland course in Oxfordshire called The Springs Golf Club. The site is quite compact, flattish and tree lined. Because of the parkland feel we decided to use a wooden wall treatment. We had done a similar construction method at The Buckinghamshire and knew that it has a huge wow factor. The French Oak timber provides a stunning line and appearance on this site.

 

The Frenck Oak sleeper walls at The Springs GC.

The French Oak sleeper walls at The Springs GC.

 

I love both styles of walling and when in the hands of expert craftsmen then look stunning.

Tim L

23rd October 2018

 

Written on October 23rd, 2018 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Philosophy, Tim Lobb, Travels

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