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In the recent prestigious Golf World Top 100 courses in Continental Europe (2017/18) ranking publication the Thomson Perrett & Lobb designed Carya Golf Club in Belek Turkey rose 35 spots to #29 in Europe. This is the highest ranking ever for a Turkish course and Carya is now well and truly number 1 in Turkey.

 

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Over recent years we have been assisting with the fine tuning of the course in preparation for the European Tour event – The Turkish Airlines Open, which will again be hosted at Carya in November. This combined with the hard work of General Manager, Mr Hasan Ceylan and Course Manager, Gary Finnerty who have achieved incredible standards in course maintenance and customer experience have culminated with this recognition.

We salute our passionate owner of Carya GC and The National GC (ranked 95th) Mr Fikret Ozturk for his drive and desire to deliver the best possible golf courses he can to the public and tournament golf. Bravo.

 

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We look forward to attending the European Tour – Turkish Airlines Open in November.

 

Tim L

15 September 2017

 

 

 

 

Written on September 15th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Top Courses

Read about our work at The Berkshire and watch a video

Read about our work at The Berkshire and watch a video

 

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Tim Lobb with the design team at Soma Bay in Egypt to kick off new 18 hole design.

Tim Lobb with the design team at Soma Bay in Egypt to kick off new 18 hole design.

 

 

 

LOBB + PARTNERS just appointed at the historic Huntercombe GC

LOBB + PARTNERS just appointed at the historic Huntercombe GC

 

 

 

 

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Written on August 13th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

Although many things have changed since the birth of Lobb + Partners last year, some have not. One thing that definitely hasn’t changed – and hopefully won’t for many years to come – is the tradition of our golf day, at which a group of friends and business colleagues meet up for good fellowship and to compete for the Thomson Cup.

 

Friendship and industry interaction at golf day.

Friendship and industry interaction at golf day.

 

This year was the tenth year the Cup had been played for, and for the first time, the venue was the Buckinghamshire golf club north west of London, which reopened this spring after a major renovation led by architect Tim Lobb.

 

Hole 7
The newly bunkered Buckinghamshire GC

The newly bunkered Buckinghamshire GC

 

Guests came from all over the UK, as well as Sweden, Portugal and Australia (Don Lobb, Tim’s father, the guest of honour!) to compete on a beautiful summer’s day, and Steve Green, the secretary of Huntercombe GC ended up victorious, with an impressive score of 38 Stableford points off a four handicap. Congratulations go to him, and thanks are due to the golf club for hosting us, and to Profusion Environmental, contractor on the Buckinghamshire job, who co-sponsored the day.

 

 

Nigel Wyatt (Profusion Environmental) and Tim Lobb present Steve Green with Thomson Cup

Nigel Wyatt (Profusion Environmental) and Tim Lobb present Steve Green with Thomson Cup

 

The re worked lake edge and bunkering to 7th green complex.

The re worked lake edge and bunkering to 7th green complex.

 

 

The grow in to construction works has been perfect. Hole 17 pictured.

The grow in to construction works has been perfect. Hole 17 pictured.

 

 

 

 

Written on July 27th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects, Tim Lobb, Top Courses

 

The Willie Park Jnr designed, 1901, Huntercombe Golf Club has appoints LOBB + PARTNERS  to assist with the long term vision of this unique golf course. Parks design is characterised by grass pots or hollows which form part of the playing strategy. With only 13 bunkers on the lay out  the course is certainly reliant on the landform and often undulating green sites to pronounce the course identity.

 

Works to be considered for this historically significant course shall include the re integration of some of Parks lost design features including pots and hollows, restoring scale back to the limited bunkers and reviewing the landscape philosophy for this Oxfordshire golf course.

 

‘Our traditional golf club has carefully considered the selection for our consulting golf course architect and determined that LOBB + PARTNERS were best suited. We look forward to working with Tim Lobb for years to come’ said Greens Chairman – Muir Parker, Huntercombe Golf Club.

Written on June 5th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects

Tim Lobb recently visited the stunning new 18 hole golf course being developed within sight of the famous Giza Pyramids just west of Cairo. The NEWGIZA development is over 500 hectares in size and is a complex development including residential, retail, sports, education and medical components with an 18 hole championship golf course laid out by Thomson Perrett & Lobb.

The recent site visit was focused on finishing works to holes 6, 7, 8 and preparing them for grassing.

Below are a series of photos of the stunning short par 3, 6th hole that was approved for grassing while onsite.

 

A view from a villa lot behind the tee sees the green complex in part of the sunken quarry excavations.

A view from a villa lot behind the tee sees the green complex in part of the sunken quarry excavations.

 

An incredible amount of work has gone into making this hole. The tees were on very steep ground and had to be carefully shaped in. The hole measure approximately 140 yards and plays downhill into an old quarry excavation. We made sure that the excavation remained part of the golf hole as it tells an important story to the history of this site.

 

A closer view of the green from just short of the approach.

A closer view of the green from just short of the approach.

 

Dag, Mohammed and the finishing guys have worked super hard to blend this green complex into the surrounds. We are just thrilled with the way this has come out.

 

Mohammed on the sand pro giving it a final spin.

Mohammed on the sand pro giving it a final spin.

 

We are truly blessed with some stunning par 3′s at NEWGIZA. The property is just an incredible canvas to create a very special golf course.

 

View from behind the green. We also put some fairway on top of the quarry cut. Could be an interesting chip.

View from behind the green. We also put some fairway on top of the quarry cut. Could be an interesting chip.

 

We have been working on NEWGIZA for some time now but it is definitely worth the wait. A planned soft opening is scheduled for later this year and we cant wait to unveil it to the world. It really will be a very special golf course.

Thanks to Dag Brown, all the guys on the construction crew, our wonderful clients and the superb support team in the NEWGIZA technical and design offices. A once in a lifetime project.

See you on the first tee….soon.

Tim Lobb

 

 

 

Written on May 7th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb, Top Courses, Travels

The major renovation of the Buckinghamshire golf club to the north-west of London is finished. Course manager Andy Ewence, who has managed the construction project, said: “This has been something of an epic, as we have virtually rebuilt large parts of the golf course, while still keeping it open for play. There were four separate contractors involved, with over 40 contracting staff on site on a daily basis. To manage such a large project has been extremely hard work, but working alongside our golf architect, Tim Lobb, has help enormously and I feel we have achieved stunning results.”

Our completed works to hole 8. We enlarged the landing area on left side of lake to make a more strategic and enticing tee shot.

Our completed works to hole 8. We enlarged the landing area on left side of lake to make a more strategic and enticing tee shot.

The major renovation of the Buckinghamshire golf club to the north-west of London is finished. Course manager Andy Ewence, who has managed the construction project, said: “This has been something of an epic, as we have virtually rebuilt large parts of the golf course, while still keeping it open for play. There were four separate contractors involved, with over 40 contracting staff on site on a daily basis. To manage such a large project has been extremely hard work, but working alongside our golf architect, Tim Lobb, has help enormously and I feel we have achieved stunning results.”

The new look 7th hole with lake extension, timber walling and strategic greenside bunkering.

The new look 7th hole with lake extension, timber walling and strategic greenside bunkering.

 

The project has seen the overall area of bunkers on the course – originally designed by the late John Jacobs – shrink from over 14,000 sq m to 6,400 sq m, with obvious consequences for the amount of maintenance required. Tim Lobb said: “It was always obvious that we needed to reduce the area of sand at the Buckinghamshire, but what particularly pleases me is that we have done so while at the same time making the bunkers more thought provoking hazards – and also more visible. Generally, the bunkers are tighter to the greens than they were before, and we have introduced central hazards on the fifth and eighteenth holes – while clearing trees on the right of 18 to create an alternative line to the green. The par fives were generally very wide and not very interesting before the project; now bunkers threaten the playing lines and create real strategic choices.”

 

 

 

The completed master plan for the works at The Buckinghamshire GC

The completed master plan for the works at The Buckinghamshire GC

 

Lobb added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Andy Ewence, and all the contractors – it is testimony to Andy’s skills as a project manager than the work has been done so effectively.” The newly renovated course opened for play in early April

 

Thanks to all contractors who worked so hard to make the project a success including Profusion Environmental, AT Bone and Sons and Lakes and Greens.

Happy golfing to the members and guests of The Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

 

Written on May 5th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

Click on our new media page on our web site for videos on Our Company, St Georges Hill and The Berkshire restoration work and some of the things we think about when masterplanning large integrated golf developments.

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Written on April 21st, 2017 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

17 March 2017

Source: England Golf Website

Top national award for Cornwall golf club

 

The Point at Polzeath in Cornwall has won a top national award for its success as a golf club and a leisure hub for the local community and holidaymakers.

 

LOBB + PARTNERS have been assisting the club over the past 5 years.

Tim Lobb has been assisting the club over the past 5 years.

 

It was named as the GolfMark Club of the Year, sponsored by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, at last night’s 2017 England Golf Awards at Lord’s. The runner-up was Essendon Country Club, Hertfordshire

The Awards shone the spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf and The Point was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull, as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game.

“Winning this award means a huge amount to us and to the members,” said Jeremy Davies, who owns the club with his wife, Eva.

GolfMark is an England Golf initiative which supports clubs to achieve high standards. The Point at Polzeath was the first Cornwall club to achieve GolfMark in its current form and it went on to become the county’s GolfMark Club of the Year for 2015, before capturing the national prize.

The club’s owners have used GolfMark to create a thriving business which bucks industry trends and they hope to double it in size over the next three years.

 

The Point at Polzeath and the fine views across the course.

The Point at Polzeath and the fine views across the course.

 

Their success and the club’s appeal is highlighted in a specially filmed video by Senior Captain Rick Ferrant who says: “They have improved the club, the course and the facilities and at the same time they have cultivated a fantastic spirit among the members. I drive 160 miles to come and play golf and it’s honestly worth it.”

Over five years the owners have developed the club and grown the membership from around 40 to over 300, while the greenstaff has expanded from one employee to a team of six. As well as golf, The Point offers a health club, restaurant, new bar and holiday accommodation.

It’s focussed on what the customer wants and there’s a warm welcome for all, whether golfers or non-golfers. There’s flexible memberships to suit both locals and holidaymakers – and families are particularly welcome. A range of coaching packages suit both new golfers and existing players.

The club is also involved with the local community and runs the annual Polzeath beer festival alongside Get into golf activities which introduce about 100 people to golf each year.

“We are happy to be different and break with tradition,” said Jeremy Davies. “But at the same time we retain the true spirit of the game.”

GolfMark supports clubs to achieve high standards in four areas: recruitment and retention; management and sustainability; coaching and competitions; and safeguarding. To find out more visit www.golfmark.org

 

Jeremy Davis said:

‘Before we bought what was Roserrow Golf and Country Club in 2012, we asked Tim Lobb to come and survey the asset.

Over a 5 year period Tim has not only help us redesign the course but has been a constant source of inspiration and ideas on what at times has seemed like a long journey.

We count ourselves lucky to not only have had the services of such a wonderful architect but also a great friend of

The Point at Polzeath. Thank you.’

 

Owner Jeremy Davies and course manager Tom Collins celebrate this prestigious award.

Owner Jeremy Davies and course manager Tom Collings celebrate this prestigious award.

Written on March 22nd, 2017 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

Tim Lobb visited LOBB + PARTNERS new 18 hole project that is being built in the popular coastal town of Bodrum in Turkey. The project is being developed by Carya Golf Owner, Mr Fikret Ozturk of Regnum Hotels.

Set just inland and in the mountains the terrain for this par 71, 6800 yard course is strongly contoured with rocky outcrops.

 

The lone pine is the driving line on the 10th hole.

The lone pine is the driving line on the 10th hole.

 

The course has been in construction for over a year and has presented some interesting challenges. Because of the rocky nature of the ground we are designing the bunkering strategy in the field via sketch ideas and philosophies. Careful attention is paid to ground conditions whilst at the same time ensuring maximum player enjoyment. We are not solely relying on bunkering as the only hazard of the golf course and in the end the course will be very lightly bunkered, say 20-30 in total. Contoured run offs, small undulations and trees will form the back bone of the playing strategy.

 

Tim Lobb reviewing on site design notes for the short par 4, 9th.

Tim Lobb reviewing on site design notes for the short par 4, 9th.

 

An olive grove previously occupied the land and part  of the design philosophy was to retain as much of the olive grove as possible. In fact many holes will have a working olive grove right next to them. The olives and their oil will continue to be manufactured and soon enough served in the clubhouse and throughout the local community.

 

View from some of the villas under construction of the 14th hole.

View from some of the villas under construction of the 14th hole.

 

The working olive grove between holes 13/14

The working olive grove between holes 13/14

 

Holes 13-18 were sprigged last year and the remaining holes will be finalised and grassed by the summer with a planned opening event of October 2017.

 

The grassed hole 13 offers a risk and reward option for golfers with the central stream.

The grassed hole 13 offers a risk and reward option for golfers with the central stream.

 

LOBB + PARTNERS look forward to keeping our readers updated on this exciting project that we are building with Golf Teck (Tim Lobbs’ fourth course construction with the company).

 

 

 

 

Written on March 16th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Travels

Following on with our enhancement works to the practice facility and re building of the 6th green complex on the Green nine we have been commissioned to analyse and supervise a bunker restoration/ renovation on the Red and Blue nines.

Our initial work started on the 13th hole with the restoration of the heathery fairway bunkers at the expansive landing zone.

 

Heather topped bunkers encroach both left and right from the tee.

Heather topped bunkers encroach both left and right from the tee.

 

 

The right fairway bunker was restored and extended to the right and heather topped.

The right fairway bunker was restored and extended to the right and heather topped.

 

Up at the green complex the left green side bunker was heather cladded with the three diagonal bunker to the right converted to a larger more visible central bunker and a closer greenside bunker in the bank. All bunkers were re developed with original high and very visible sand lines and a heather topping in keeping with the Harry S Colt philosophy for this amazing property and landscape.

 

The larger greenside bunkers re instates the grand scale of this treasured landscape.

The larger greenside bunkers re instates the grand scale of this treasured landscape.

 

 

Looking back from the green to this magnificent hole.

Looking back from the green to this magnificent hole.

 

The construction works for the 13th hole was carefully carried out by Course Manager Chris Gosden and the green keeping staff at the club to an exceptionally high level.

 

LOBB + PARTNERS are the appointed architects for this esteemed Harry S Colt heathland classic (ranked 24th in Top 100, UK and Ireland – Golf Monthly). Further works to holes 1, 3 and 9 will occur in the coming months.

 

Tim Lobb (Feb 2017)

 

Written on January 29th, 2017 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb, Top Courses

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