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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.

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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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Get in the hole ball.

Footgolf in Malaysia – Get in the hole ball.

 

 

Naki Evrandir putting on hole 18. Always great to play the first round together with the team.

Naki Evrandir putting on hole 18 at Bodrum opening. Always great to play the first round together with the team.

 

 

 

Written on October 1st, 2018 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Tim Lobb

On a recent trip to Malaysia I caught up with my old work colleagues Jason Winter and Ted Parslow of Parlow Winter Golf Design. I had worked with Jason and Ted in Malaysia from 1996 to 1998 for then called E & G Parslow and enjoyed every minute of it. Despite leaving Malaysia more than 20 years ago we have still remained close friends and always catch up for a game of golf in Malaysia or in the UK.

 

Jason letting one rip around the lake. Great strategy of how much of the lake to cut off.

Jason letting one rip around the lake. Great strategy of how much of the lake to cut off.

 

In August I played a game of Footgolf with Jason at his newly opened Footgolf facility in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The site for this first Footgolf facility in Malaysia is an old par 3 course which Jason and the team have transformed it into a really enjoyable footgolf course. The bunkers have been removed and the green mown a little longer. What I loved about the Footgolf course is that there is still a lot of strategy and risk/ reward options with the holes. I said to Jason that his Footgolf course is amazing because not only is it beautiful but it also requires thought on how to play the holes – not just to kick the ball as far as you can.

 

Another cracking hole with a lake on the left. The kids played off the forward yellow tees which was super.

Another cracking hole with a lake on the left. The kids played off the forward yellow tees which was super.

 

Also it is just so much fun for the family as demonstrated by my daughter – who doesn’t particularly like golf or football and enjoyed her round immensely.

 

Get in the hole ball.

Get in the hole ball.

 

I wish Jason and the team the very best with the first Malaysian Footgolf Facility. It truly is great fun for all.

 

Give it a try.

www.footgolfmalaysia.com.my

 

Written by Tim Lobb 11.09.18

Written on September 11th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

 

New course is first full-length golf in popular Turkish resort region

BODRUM, TURKEY 5 September 2018 –  The new Regnum Golf and Country Club Bodrum, the first full-length golf course in the well-established resort area, had its official opening during the busy summer season.  A large number of Turkish dignitaries were present at the opening, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Ersoy, and Mayor of Bodrum Mehmet Kocadon.

The course represents a second collaboration between developer Fikret Ozturk (who also owns the nine hole Bodrum Golf and Tennis Club, the only other operational golf facility in the area) and golf course architect Tim Lobb; the pairing’s first project, the Carya club in Belek is widely regarded as Turkey’s best course. It is also the fourth course built for Lobb by contractors Naki Evandr and Cengizhan Bӧlükbaşi of GolfTek. Up to 275 villas will be built on the property over several years.

 

Naki Evrandir putting on hole 18. Always great to play the first round together with the team.

Naki Evrandir putting on hole 18. Always great to play the first round together with the team.

 

The par 71 course measures 6,016 metres from the back and 4,770 metres from the front of its four sets of tees. It occupies a former olive grove, and indeed the olive oil from the property is being marketed as a house product by Regnum. “The property is rather hilly, and also, at 1450 acres, rather spread out, with lots of long views of forests, valleys and hills,” said architect Lobb. “Because of the rocky conditions, we did a bare minimum of drawing in advance, and worked the design out in the field in close partnership with Naki and Cengizhan. It was really the first time I have ever worked that way; it demands total trust between architect, client and contractor – as such I am grateful to have been working with such a strong project team that all knew each other very well.”

 

The olive trees within the golf course are still producing wonderful oil, sold onsite in Bodrum

The olive trees within the golf course are still producing wonderful oil, sold onsite in Bodrum

 

Developer Fikret Ozturk said: “Bodrum is a wonderful destination, with hills and mountains as well as the sea and the beaches, but the degree of development in recent years means that it can be a little frantic. Our goal for this estate is to give a feel for what the peninsula used to be like – calm, quiet and deeply natural. As such, it was important that we built a golf course that sits lightly on its environment, and I am pleased that Tim and the construction team have done such a great job.”

 

 

 

Hole 11 is a dogleg right par 4 through the olive groves. Super hole.

Hole 11 is a dogleg right par 4 through the olive groves. Super hole.

 

ENDS

Written on September 5th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

Peter William Thomson

(23/08/1929 – 20/06/2018)

 

This morning we lost a great man in Peter William Thomson. He was a special business partner, a mentor and a very dear friend.

 

PETER THOMPSON

 

I first met Peter in 2002 in Melbourne, Australia. I remember the meeting very well. I was very nervous to be in the same room as my boyhood hero. He was my role model and my inspiration for taking up the game. However, he immediately relaxed my nerves and we spoke about golf over a long lunch.

 

Two years later we started our design business and the collective of Peter Thomson, Ross Perrett and Tim Lobb became formally known as Thomson, Perrett & Lobb (TPL) which we ran together till 2016.

 

Peter, Ross and I always tried to meet at The Open Championship. These occasions gave me a unique insight into Peter’s legacy, his legendary status as a five-time Open Champion and his love of links golf.

 

One my favourite times with Peter was when The Open returned to St Andrews.

 

Ross and I would visit Peter and his wife, Mary, in their home in Hope Street for morning tea and a chat. It was always such a relaxed atmosphere and a special way to start the day. Sometimes we would walk the Old Course together, but often we would simply be at his home, watching the action unfold on TV.

 

I will always treasure these very special times with Peter and his family at the Home of Golf, somewhere he loved so much.

 

Peter was a huge supporter of TPL and we enjoyed many trips together. Peter always travelled light, and always knew the fastest way through any airport!

 

When onsite at one of our many projects, Peter’s golfing brain would always take over, and his experience of playing golf around the world is wrapped into every one of our designs, and I’m proud this legacy will live on.

 

Peter, Ross and Tim onsite in the Middle East. One of my favourite pictures. Peter cool as a cucumber. Ross and I baking.

Peter, Ross and Tim onsite in the Middle East. One of my favourite pictures. Peter cool as a cucumber. Ross and I baking.

 

Peter was a lover of natural looking golf courses, he always wanted to sit a course into the land and the environment with minimal change, and the core of his design philosophy was always to make the golfing experience enjoyable.

 

I will dearly miss Peter’s insights, intelligence and company. He was a great man, a friend and an inspiration. Peter William Thomson, rest in peace – a round well played.

 

TIM LOBB

Written on June 20th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

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