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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

Comprehensive refresh for Oxfordshire course

Newly-acquired by award-winning leisure brand Darwin Escapes, The Springs golf course is being upgraded by original designer and former Ryder Cup captain Brian Huggett, with architect Tim Lobb.

 
WALLINGFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, 21 May 2018 – A major upgrade of The Springs golf course is underway by Brian Huggett, the courseʼs original designer, in association with golf architect Tim Lobb of Lobb + Partners.

The Springs is part of Darwin Escapes, one of the fastest-growing leisure brands in the UK. Darwin now has twenty locations across the UK, offering a wide variety of self-catering holiday accommodation, from luxury lodges to quirky treehouses, along with an extensive range of leisure activities. The Springs, acquired in July 2017, is the group’s second golf course, joining the Kilnwick Percy Resort in East Yorkshire, bought in April of the same year.

Lindsey Esse, managing director of Darwin Escapes, said: “We look to buy sites in stunning locations, where there are opportunities to improve and enhance the existing offering, and The Springs fits this criteria perfectly. We recognised the considerable potential of The Springs, and with significant investment in the facilities, we aim to create the best golf club in Oxfordshire.”

After acquiring the course, Darwin quickly made contact with original designer Brian Huggett, who suggested involving Lobb + Partners. “I have known Tim for a long time and I recognise him as one of this countryʼs best golf architects,” said Huggett. “Fundamentally, the routing of the course is very sound, but as with many courses of that vintage, the bunkering is now in many cases out of play. The new owners want to lift the overall standard of the course and the golf offering – they are investing heavily in the clubhouse as well as the course. We are going to bring the course right up to date, using Blinder bunker liner and other modern construction techniques, along with contractor Profusion Environmental.”

 

 

Tim Lobb (left) with Brian Huggett and owners Lindsey and Anthony Esse

Tim Lobb (left) with Brian Huggett and owners Lindsey and Anthony Esse

 

 

Lobb said: “The Springs is right next to the Thames and is a beautiful layout by Brian. With a little bit of careful work to bring the course up to the level of its surroundings, it will be a very successful golf resort. In addition to bunker work, we are adding a number of ladiesʼ tees, and doing improvements to the lakes to reinstate some of the walling. For example, on the seventeenth hole, a short par four, we plan to build a retaining wall in the lake and bring the water a little closer to the green. Essentially, we are pushing the lake away from the centre line, and attempting to make the hole more enticing.”

Ashley Pheasant, Head of Golf at Darwin Escapes, commented: “We are excited about the plans proposed by Brian and Tim, and with the changes that are already being made to the Clubhouse, the overall experience at The Springs will significantly improve for our members and visitors thanks to the investment being made by Darwin.”

ENDS

Written on June 4th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

Tim Lobb visited Ankara in April with master planner, Adam Crozier of Hatch to inspect the staking of the golf course and review the commencement of earthworks to holes 12 and 13. The project is being completed for serial Turkish golf developer Mr Fikret Ozturk of Regnum. This project is now the 3rd project that Tim Lobb has been commissioned for by Mr Ozturk with other projects being Carya GC in Belek and Country Golf in Bodrum.

 

Inspecting green position for hole 13

Inspecting green position for hole 13

 

Construction of the golf course is being undertaken by Golf Tek lead by Naki Evrandir and Cengiz Bolukbasi. This project represents the 5th golf course that Tim Lobb has constructed with Golf Tek over a 19 year period.

 

Naki Evrandir and Golf Tek observe the cut/ fill plan for the earthworks.

Naki Evrandir and Golf Tek observe the cut/ fill plan for the earthworks.

 

Works are continuing on the back nine with a view to start grassing later in the summer. The site has strong contouring and provides long views of Ankara in the distance.

 

Naki Evrandir observing the splendid view from the downhill 3rd hole. Ankara in the distance.

Naki Evrandir observing the splendid view from the downhill 3rd hole. Ankara in the distance.

 

LOBB + PARTNERS will be visiting the project regularly throughout the view to massage all of the design details into the construction with the rest of the team.

 

Time to build

Time to build

 

We will keep you updated of this fast moving project.

 

 

 

Written on May 1st, 2018 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Tim Lobb, Top Courses

Tim Lobb of LOBB + PARTNERS will be in attendance at the MIPIM expo in Cannes next week.

Looking forward to catching up with clients, architects and masterplanners that we work with.

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If you would like to meet up, please email Tim at tlobb@lobbandpartners.com

Written on March 8th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb, Travels

Happy to publish the winter edition of our quarterly eNewsletter.

Some interesting articles on the green expansion programmer we are undertaking at the historic Woking Golf Club, our new 18 hole project in the Turkish capital city of Ankara, various US awards for St Georges Hill and Tim Lobb as well as the recent lecturing completed at BTME in Harrogate on renovating your golf course with close friend and fellow EIGCA member James Edwards.

 

Read about our new 18 hole project in Ankara, Turkey. Our third with developer Mr Fikret Ozturk.

Read about our new 18 hole project in Ankara, Turkey. Our third with developer Mr Fikret Ozturk.

 

Click on link below for full content.

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Thanks to our editor – Adam Lawrence of Oxford Golf Consulting.

 

Please email Tim Lobb at tlobb@lobbandpartners.com if you would like to subscribe.

Written on February 17th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

In the January/ February 2018 edition of the US golf magazine Tim Lobb, Founding Partner of LOBB + PARTNERS was voted as one of the top 10 architects in the world for 2017.

 

Golf Inc

 

The magazine listed Tiger Woods as the architect of the year and included Tim Lobb as one of the top nine other architects in the world who were ‘on top of their game’.

Read full article here:

https://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=465006&p=&pn=#{“issue_id”:465006,”page”:42}

 

 

 

Written on January 18th, 2018 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

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