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Huntercombe Golf Club in Oxfordshire, England was designed by Willie Park Junior and opened in 1901.

Park who owned the property got to design the course exactly how he wanted without any external interface and is surely one of the most creative and unique golfing experiences on the planet.

Huntercombe Golf Club, General Manager, Marcus Lovelock and LOBB + PARTNERS, Tim Lobb give an in depth architectural insight into this fascinating golf course and it use of ground contours to form the golfing challenge.

 

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Click on YouTube link below.

https://youtu.be/t2OgFpf9BEg

 

Go and enjoy Huntercombe for yourself one day.

 

 

Written on July 30th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

On Sunday 19th July Tim Lobb completed his charity marathon run around the streets of Woking in Surrey. He was running in memory of family member David Buffin who suffered multiple strokes aged just 50 and died this year, eight years after the strokes and lived his last eight years in care.

 

Thank you to everybody who donated to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-lobb - we raised over £2400 for the Stroke Association, which is truly amazing.

 

With the support of family and friends Tim managed to complete the marathon distance in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds which was exactly what was the planned finished time and a dream come true to finish Tim’s first marathon in that time.

 

Tim completed the marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

Tim completed the marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

 

For the running geeks the splits and official Strava data is below. Thank you to the pacers that joined in for most of the race and kept the prescribed pace and always on hand to give encouragement when the going got tough – from mile 22 onwards.

 

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Very happy with those splits. Started to get tired from mile 22 onwards.

Very happy with those splits. Started to get tired from mile 22 onwards.

 

Keep running.

Tim L

Written on July 28th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

Ensuring that classic courses are both respectful of their origins and relevant to today’s golf.

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Working on a historic golf course is both a treat and a challenge for a golf architect. To follow in the footsteps of one of the giants of the profession cannot but be an honour, yet at the same time it brings its own difficulties. There may be conflict between the desire to preserve the original architect’s work and the wish (even requirement in some cases) to remain relevant to the demands of modern play. In short, working on these courses requires a mix of knowledge, diplomacy and humility from an architect.

Lobb + Partners has been lucky enough to work on a good number of historically important courses.  Based as we are in Surrey (with another office in British Columbia, Canada), we have a number of ongoing clients among the heathland courses south of London, the area where, in many ways, modern golf architecture was first conceived and executed. Lowland heath is a rare and precious ecosystem, and the southward development of the London suburbs and exurbs in the last 200 years has resulted in much of it being lost, and much of what remains being in the care of golf clubs. Until recently, heath has been in decline on most of the golf courses in the area: we are delighted and proud to be helping a number of clubs to reverse this trend. Authenticity of landscape is a vital part of our work. We seek, like the greats of yesteryear, to produce courses that sit lightly on their surrounding landscape. Golf has become too manicured in recent years, and we are happy that clubs now seem to appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural landscape. We aim to help them do so.

 

The majesty of St George's Hill Golf Club and the re built first hole by LOBB + PARTNERS. Photo by Jason Livy

The majesty of St George’s Hill Golf Club and the re built first hole by LOBB + PARTNERS. Photo by Jason Livy

 

 

Our approach to a historic course starts, almost always, with thorough research. Golf courses are living, growing things and change every day; consequently over a century and more, change is likely to be extensive, even if the holes have not been altered by the hand of man. Grass and trees grow; bunker edges and other earthworks erode. So comprehensive research to understand how the course was originally and how it has changed over time is vital. We make use of multiple sources: old aerial photographs are among the most useful, but club archives often contain hidden treasures such as reports and even plans from the original architects, as well as references to the course design in minute books and the like. We also like to interview long-standing members, who can often fill out our understanding of the course, and to review newspaper archives – which frequently provide us with remarkable material from the distant past. We work with specialist historians, notably Adam Lawrence of Oxford Golf Consulting, the editor of the respected industry magazine Golf Course Architecture, to document the development of client clubs.

Across the world of golf, there are architects who have made a career of being a ‘specialist’ on the works of one particular old-time great. We do not make such a claim; we have worked on courses by architects such as Colt, Abercrombie and Park, and we make a sustained effort not to impose a preset view of ‘what a course by architect X should look like’ but instead to identify and implement a solution that is appropriate to the situation and needs of the individual club. There are two key reasons for this: first, although there are commonalities across the works of the greats of the past, the central principle of all great architects is to be responsive to the individual site, and second, that it is impossible for the same response to be applicable to the present-day circumstances of all clubs.

 

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To give a few examples of our historical work. At Willie Park Jr’s Huntercombe GC in Oxfordshire, one of the most important sites in the evolution of golf architecture, we have been retained architects for a number of years, recently adding ‘Park-like’ pits to the sixteenth hole, and, through tree and scrub clearance, revealing original Park work on other holes. “Tim and his team have the great skill of taking a piece of ground and making it better – no matter who the original architect was,” says club secretary Marcus Lovelock.

 

The in depth historical aerial analysis at Huntercombe GC completed.

The in depth historical aerial analysis dating to 1937 at Huntercombe GC completed.

 

 

The unique and brilliant Park Junior contours on Huntercombe's 4th green. Photo by Jason Livy

The unique and brilliant Park Junior contours on Huntercombe’s 4th green. Photo by Jason Livy

 

 

At Woking Golf Club, one of the most important sites in the development of golf course architecture, we have been working since 2014, initially on a  report that traced the development of the course since its creation in 1893, and also on a replacement for the par three sixteenth hole, whose green was too close to the property boundary for safety. More recently, working closely with course manager Andy Ewence and secretary Richard Pennell, we have helped the club undertake a large and very exciting piece of heath regeneration: the area between the second green and the eleventh fairway, about two acres, was cleared of trees, and now, a year on, heather is starting to regrow. More such landscape regeneration work is planned around the course and as part of the golfing features.

 

The new sixteenth hole created at the historic Woking Golf Club. Photo by Kevin Murray

The new sixteenth hole created at the historic Woking Golf Club. Photo by Kevin Murray

 

 

Across Surrey at St. George’s Hill GC, we have again been working with the club for a number of years. Renovation plans for the club’s Green nine, including a new green on the short par four sixth, and a course history report started the programme of work, but over time this has expanded. On the main course, we rebuilt the first green and fairway bunkering – which had been altered from Harry Colt’s original in the 1930s, and just recently we have enhanced the bunkers on Colt’s great par four tenth to add heather, and removed intrusive (and pretty, but non-native) rhododendrons from the par three eleventh.

 

Recent heathland and bunker restoration works to the famous tenth hole at Colt's St Georges Hill Golf Club

Recent heathland and bunker restoration works completed  to the famous tenth hole at Colt’s St Georges Hill Golf Club

 

 

In short, our approach when working on a classic course is always to be sensitive to its past, but conscious that it must serve the needs of those who use it today. Even classic courses can benefit from modern design and construction techniques (such as state of the art bunker liners) that makes them more sustainable and easier to maintain. Whether a project is run from our headquarters in the UK, or our Canadian office, our team is working together on a daily basis to achieve our most important goal: being respectful of history but always keeping an eye on the future.

 

Written on July 1st, 2020 by Tim and stored in Our projects

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. Life changes instantly and recovery is tough. But the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.

We hope that friends and family can support this cause as we have experienced the effects of a Stroke to family and friends that we know.

During the marathon run Tim will be thinking of his cousin in law, David Buffin, who had a stroke 8 years ago (just aged 50) and recently died from pneumonia. He never recovered from his initial Stroke and spent the remainder of his life in care with his wife Karen and family at his side. Also will be thinking of former business partner Ross Perrett who suffered a stroke a few years ago and thankfully recovered with sheer guts and determination to flourish again. A true inspiration to us all. Also Tim’s Uncle Ian in Adelaide, Australia suffered a Stroke a few years ago and with the help of the dedicated health professionals he is making his recovery. Keep it going.

Since January 4th, 2020, Tim Lobb has started a fitness campaign to lose weight and get fit for his 50th birthday which was in May 2020. A love for running and counting calories has seen a successful weight loss of 20kg/ 3 stone or 45lbs in the past six months.

This run will be the culmination of a major fitness regime, a lifelong dream to run a full marathon and hopefully inspire others to get up, put their sneakers on and do some exercise. It just may save your life.

Tim hopes to complete the marathon in under four hours and thank you all for visiting this page and donating if you can.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-lobb

If you would like to come and run a few miles with Tim or support on the day please email directly to tlobb@lobbandpartners.com for directions. We would love to see you.

 

Written on July 1st, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

 

Vancouver, British Columbia, 3rd June 2020 — GolfBC Group, Western Canada’s largest golf course owner and operator and one of Canada’s foremost golf, resort and residential management company is pleased to announce the appointment of the Canadian and British based golf course architectural firm, Lobb + Partners.

 

In the first instance Lobb + Partners will review the architectural nature of GolfBC Group’s seven golf courses in British Columbia.  The company will review each of these properties and identify opportunities that will allow for improved on-course playability and strategy, enhanced sustainability initiatives and to maximize the aesthetic value for players while respecting the original integrity of the course architects.

 

‘Our Director of Grounds Maintenance, Brett Finlayson and I undertook a comprehensive interview process to carefully appoint the correct design partner for our group. It was imperative the selected design firm had a thorough understanding of multi course ownership dynamics while delivering design solutions that enhance the playing experiences for our customers. We greatly look forward to working with Tim Lobb, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb from their British Columbia base’ said Andy Hedley, VP of Golf Operations, GolfBC Group.

 

Tim Lobb, Founder and Principal of Lobb + Partners added, ‘It is always a thrill to work with clients who seek to make their golf facilities player friendly, sustainable, adaptable to an evolving market and maintenance friendly. We greatly look forward to collaborating with GolfBC Group to implement intelligent design solutions to their exceptional venues.’

 

Premier Canadian multi golf operator and owner Golf BC Group appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. L-R Brett Finlayson, Andy Hedley, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb at BC Golf Group HQ in Vancouver.

Premier Canadian multi golf operator and owner Golf BC Group appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. L-R Brett Finlayson, Andy Hedley, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb at GolfBC Group HQ in Vancouver.

 

 

‘Part of our vision for establishing a presence in Canada is to work with likeminded clients who value the importance of their golf courses and the positive impact of well-considered design solutions. We are excited to join the Canadian golf community and look forward to assisting owners and operators for many years to come’.

 

The work with GolfBC Group is scheduled to commence later in 2020 with further review in 2021.

 

About GolfBC Group:

Since 1990, Burrard International Inc. (parent company of Golf BC) has been creating or acquiring premium championship golf destinations in British Columbia, Canada, and since October 2003, also in Hawaii.

 

The objective was to establish a series of world class facilities throughout the province and beyond where players could experience total golfing excellence. The courses are consistently ranked among the highest throughout Canada and North America.

 

GolfBC Group currently own and operate ten golf courses in Western Canada and Hawaii

www.golfbc.com

 

About LOBB + PARTNERS:

This British and Canadian based golf design firm was founded by Tim Lobb after the retirement of his previous partner, five times Open Champion Peter Thomson in 2016 from their firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb. Throughout the twenty-five-year golf design career of Tim Lobb, he has been involved with the creation of ten new golf courses and worked in more than twenty different countries. Additionally, the design practice consults to many highly regarding existing golf courses throughout Britain, Europe and Canada.

 

In 2018, LOBB + PARTNERS expanded and opened their Canadian base studio in Whistler with ex European Golf Design member, Alex Hay. Further expansion saw PGA pro and Landscape Architecture graduate Oliver Tubb join the team in 2019 from his Vancouver base.

 

The practice places a high regard for sustainable and intelligent design solutions on all projects undertaken.

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Written on June 3rd, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

On April 29th, 2020 Golf Australia published a feature interview with LOBB + PARTNERS Founder, Tim Lobb.

 

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‘Tim Lobb is one of this country’s proudest exports when it comes to golf course design. We caught up with the Surrey-based architect to talk everything golf.’ 

Read full article here:

https://www.golfaustralia.com.au/feature/aussies-abroad-tim-lobb-course-architect-547372

 

 

Written on May 7th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

In an ever changing world we felt it vital to re assess what we stand for and take a broader look at our philosophies.

The video below communicates our renewed #designprinciples for our profession, passion and craft of golf course architecture.

 

https://youtu.be/EzvgEf84U0g

 

We look forward to seeing you on a golf course soon.

 

Tim L, Alex and Oliver

Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom Office

Whistler, BC, Canada Office

North Vancouver, BC, Canada Office

 

Written on April 27th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

Founder and Principal, Tim Lobb was interviewed in the latest issue of Golf Course Architecture concerning LOBB + PARTNERS recent work on some of the important UK heathland courses in Surrey and historic research completed at the unique and precious Huntercombe Golf Club.

We have always felt the greatest asset to any golf course is its natural environment it sits in and that should be the landscape philosophy followed and enhanced.

 

Feature interview in issue 60 of Golf Course Architecture with Tim Lobb

Feature interview in issue 60 of Golf Course Architecture with Tim Lobb

 

To read online: http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/golf-course-architecture/issue60/30/

 

 

Written on April 15th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects, Tim Lobb

We recently completed the landscape and bunker restoration works for phase 2 at the acclaimed Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey. This phase consisted of works to holes 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18 which were meticulously carried out by contractor FJ Lovell Landscapes and the green keeping team.

 

We raised the sand in the approach bunker to fit them seamlessly into the heather bank.

We raised the sand in the approach bunkers to fit them seamlessly into the heather bank on hole 16.

 

The newly re constructed 16th approach bunkers

The newly re constructed 16th approach bunkers.

 

Hole 17 saw the large tree to right of green removed and planted with indigenous heathland landscape. The fairway bunkers were re shaped and topped with heather.

Hole 17 saw the large tree to right of green removed and planted with indigenous heathland landscape. The fairway bunkers were re shaped and topped with heather.

 

We worked hard to re edge the approach bunkers on 18 and heather topped fronting bunker to give grand finale to the round.

We worked hard to re edge the approach bunkers on 18 and heather topped fronting bunker to give grand finale to the round.

 

Bravo to the Club for this long term vision and strategy to respect and enhance their heathland traditions. We are very proud to assist with this wonderful project.

The final phase will be completed next winter which will see the completion of a superb project.

Tim L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written on March 11th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

 

Read our latest eNewsletter via link below:

https://www.lobbandpartners.com/media-news11.php

 

Heathland restoration works completed to holes 10, 11 and 12 at famed St George's Hill Golf Club.

Heathland restoration works completed to holes 10, 11 and 12 at famed St George’s Hill Golf Club.

 

 

Written on March 2nd, 2020 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects

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