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Travel summary:

Portugal, Scotland, Egypt (6 times), Turkey (7 times), France, Vietnam, Norway, Canada, Poland (3 times).

 

2019 has been a solid year for LOBB + PARTNERS with working on several new build projects in Europe and North Africa as well as consulting to numerous forward-thinking golf clubs in the Surrey/ Berkshire region who respect the value of good design advice.

Below are some of our monthly highlights:

 

January: Attended the annual BTME event at Harrogate in the latter part of the month. We also had ongoing construction projects at Burhill GC, with contractors Profusion Environmental and Worplesdon GC to attend to – sometimes in the snow.

 

Snowy January, finishing off works at Worplesdon GC.

Snowy January, finishing off works at Worplesdon GC.

 

February: Made a site visit to The Point at Polzeath in Cornwall to plan the construction of the new 7th hole. Works commenced to the 16th hole at Huntercombe GC with contractor FJ Lovell – and we started an Instagram account. Not sure if this is newsworthy or not but it is kind of fun detailing some of our travel adventures. Check it out @lobbpartners

 

March: We attended the Alps Tour Pro Am for the newly opened NEWGIZA course in Cairo. World class photographer Kevin Murray and golf travel writer Chris Bertram accompanied Tim Lobb on the trip. A trip to Portugal and Dundonald with Darwin Escapes continued the travel theme for the month. US golf architect, Drew Rogers spent a week with Tim playing some of the heathland classics and channelling the great Willie Park Jnr.

 

Proud to play recently opened NEWGIZA at Alps Tour Pro Am. Photo by Kevin Murray Photography

Proud to play recently opened NEWGIZA at Alps Tour Pro Am. Photo by Kevin Murray Photography

 

 

April: Our new 18 hole course in Ankara starts to re activate after the winter shutdown and went for site visit to inspect re mobilisation. We continued our analysis and design works to HS Colt’s – Tandridge GC.

 

May: At the annual general meeting for the European Institute of Golf Course Architects Tim Lobb was elected as Vice President of the organisation with Christophe Stadler becoming President. Paris was the venue and was host of over 130 attendees. Two site visits to our Ankara project where contractor Golf Tek were working hard to finish the course despite the terrible storms.

 

Left - Past President, Ross Mc Murray, Centre - President Elect, Christophe Stadler, Right- Vice President Elect, Tim Lobb at EIGCA AGM in Paris. Photo Mark Alexander.

Left – Past President, Ross Mc Murray, Centre – President Elect, Christophe Stadler, Right – Vice President Elect, Tim Lobb at EIGCA AGM in Paris. Photo by Mark Alexander.

 

 

June:  The Springs GC is fully grown in and enjoying happy golfers to the recently renovated L+P course in 2018. Site visits to Ankara and Soma Bay in the month capped off a fairly busy time. Managed to play games at Huntercombe, The Richmond, Hanbury Manor at The Marriott International Golf Day and a round at Tandridge in the Men’s Invitational.

 

The Springs GC in Oxfordshire was fully renovated in 2018 and constructed by Profusion Environmental. Photo by Kevin Murray Photography

The Springs GC in Oxfordshire was fully renovated in 2018 and constructed by Profusion Environmental. Photo by Kevin Murray Photography

 

 

July: On the hottest day of the year we held our annual golf day at Burhill GC. Forty players competed for the Thomson Cup with Mark Ganning winning out with 38 points. A wonderful venue and event – those that competed deserve a medal in that heat. Visited Da Nang in Vietnam for Gavin Reid 50th party event and got to visit some of the new courses in the region. The region will be a world power on the golf tourism scene.

 

Record temperatures and attendance at our annual golf day at Burhill GC. Winner of Thomson Cup was Mark Ganning.

Record temperatures and attendance at our annual golf day at Burhill GC. Winner of Thomson Cup was Mark Ganning.

 

 

August: August is traditionally holiday time at our office and I got to spend some time with family at the wonderful Point in Polzeath in Cornwall and a week’s cruising on the Norwegian Fjords. Played at Perranporth GC, which was one of the best golf experiences of my life. We also met Erik Anders Lang in Cairo to help shoot his Adventures in Golf show, featuring NEWGIZA.

 

Thrilled to work with Erik Anders Lang for the Adventures in Golf episode in Cairo

Thrilled to work with Erik Anders Lang on the Adventures in Golf episode from Cairo

 

Watch the Cairo episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRwJDRO0Rp0

 

September: We signed a new commission in Northern Europe to design and develop a player friendly 18 hole course – more on that in 2020. Works commenced on the re construction of the new 18th tee complex at West Hill GC with contractors FJ Lovell. Enjoyed a wonderful day at The PGA Championships at Wentworth GC with many colleagues in the golf design world. Further site visits to Soma Bay in Hurgada to review progress.

 

Works continue to our new 18 hole course on the Red Sea at Soma Bay - Hurgada

Works continue to our new 18 hole course on the Red Sea at Soma Bay – Hurgada

 

 

October: Tim and Alex spent the week together in Whistler and Vancouver working on various global projects as well as planning for a well-considered Canadian entry. Further site visits to Soma Bay and Poland capped off a few air miles in the month.

 

Alex and Tim planning working on global project while together in Whistler and Vancouver.

Alex and Tim working on L+P global projects while together in Whistler and Vancouver.

 

 

November: We started our annual enhancement works at St Georges Hill, focusing in on holes 10, 11 and 12. Additionally, Phase 2 works commenced at Worplesdon GC with contractor FJ Lovell. Alex and Tim spent a week in Egypt together visiting NEWGIZA and working on other projects in the country. We completed grassing of our Ankara project and look forward to it opening next year.

 

Grassing completed on our new 18 hole course - Regnum Ankara Golf + CC in Turkey.

Grassing completed on our new 18 hole course – Regnum Ankara Golf + CC in Turkey.

 

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 the HS Colt classic, St George’s Hill Golf Club.

 

 

 

December: We were very pleased to welcome PGA of Canada professional golfer and Landscape Architecture graduate Oliver Tubb to our team as Design Associate and to join Alex Hay. He is based in North Vancouver, with a passion for accessible and playable golfing experiences.  Tim was thrilled to attend the PGA lunch in London as a guest of James Edwards, EDI Golf – Thank you. Final visits of the year to Worplesdon GC and Woking GC just prior to Christmas.

 

Oliver Tubb joins the LOBB + PARTNERS team in Canada

Oliver Tubb joins the LOBB + PARTNERS team in Canada

 

 

We capped off the year with new commissions in the UK, Middle East and Africa. Details to follow in early 2020.

 

Excited to be working in these locations in 2020.

We are excited to be working in these locations in 2020.

 

 

Thank you to all our wonderful clients who entrust their golf courses and developments to our team, the world class network of professional consultants, contractors and greenkeepers we work with on these projects together and our other supporters and colleagues in the golf design business – we are always stronger together.

 

Good golfing and see you in 2020

Tim L

Written on December 28th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

 

In the words of Oliver Tubb (11th Decemeber, 2019)

Since I was very young, I have always had a fascination with the game of golf. There is no other pursuit quite like it. Golf takes great athleticism, a strong mind, sound strategy, perseverance and dedication. Not only do you go to battle with the course and some times your fellow golfers but really you strive to overcome the space between your ears, pitted against the course and elements, with a whole lot of luck mixed in. For me, it is the endless optimism of the next shot, which keeps me coming back, this and golf really is a great excuse to spend a few hours outdoors.

 

Most of my golf career has been spent playing / competing and helping others learn how to play the game. While I love the personal challenge golf provides me, and I genuinely enjoy coaching others, I have always had a fascination with the courses and landscapes golf is played upon. This was my motivation behind a Landscape Architecture degree many years ago, and it continues to be my main interest within the game today. Those who know me might say my competitive ambitions have gotten in the way of my career off the course, and they might be right, but they also know I have used tournament golf as a vehicle to experience lots and lots of different courses throughout the world.  

 

Oliver Tubb joins the LOBB + PARTNERS team in Canada

Oliver Tubb joins the LOBB + PARTNERS team in Canada

 

Earlier this year, I was introduced to Alex Hay of Lobb + Partners, a golf course architecture firm providing golf course design, master planning, architecture and landscape architecture services. While they are based in the UK, Alex lives with his wife and two kids in Whistler, BC. We are of similar ages, both married and are raising two little boys on Canada’s West Coast. We share like-minded views towards golf, golf course architecture, and the benefits golf provides a person and the community. He even volunteered to caddy in a few tournaments this summer. While I don’t remember playing particularly well, I do remember great discussions on design, craft beer, travel and all things golf and the west coast.

 

This past fall, I entered the annual European Tour Qualifying Tournament with the hopes of gaining status onto the Tour. While I fell a little short on this quest, I was able to spend some time in the UK and get to know, Tim Lobb, the founder of Lobb and Partners. Tim has been practicing golf course architecture for over twenty years, with an impressive resume and portfolio of clients. He has worked all across the golfing world for some of the worlds top clubs. While we weren’t able to get a game, he was kind enough to set up a few rounds for me in and around the Surrey region of the UK.

 

L+P work at the famed St Georges Hill in the UK, recently ranked in top 100 in the world.

L+P work at the famed St Georges Hill in the UK, recently ranked in top 100 in the world.

 

Having an opportunity to play or visit some of the best “healthland” courses, and then to be able to chat with Tim about their work was an eye opening experience. Being able to visit Worplesdon, West Hill, Woking (L + P clients) along with Epsom, RAC and Walton Heath (not clients), I noticed a general maturity and design quality with each of the golf courses where the layouts and strategy of the holes always made sense. There was also a bias towards walking with tees and greens close together. One of the things which stood was the bunkering. Generally speaking, they were of a modest scale yet the character, shapes, and styles were bold, unique and quite memorable. The mowing lines brought the bunkering right into the fairways but also the fairways right back into the bunkers, all with swaths of heather and native grasses mixed in to create a timeless natural look. The palette of the landscape features (grasses, the sand, the heather, gorse, broom and the pine trees) complimented one another, and strategically and visually it all make sense. Simply put, it was great golf.

 

Coming home from the disappointment of missing at Second Stage was tough but also something I was genuinely okay with. Over the last few months Alex, Tim and I have spent some time chatting about the potential to get involved and to the opportunities for golf course design services in Canada and North America. While I will continue to compete and probably coach a few lessons, it is time for a change. Thus, I am excited to announce I will be joining Lobb + Partners as a Design Associate, based here in Vancouver.

 

Oliver will continue to play in selected tournaments around the globe and regionally in Canada.

Oliver will continue to play in selected tournaments around the globe and regionally in Canada.

 

Over the coming years, I look forward to working with Tim, Alex and Adam, as we strive to assist golf clubs, golf course owners and golf course developers to provide enjoyable, memorable and lasting golf experiences we can all be proud of.

Oliver Tubb, North Vancouver, 11th December 2019

 

Written on December 11th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

In the summer Tim Lobb met with Producer and golf story teller Erik Anders Lang in Cairo to talk about golf in Egypt and visit the recently opened NEWGIZA Golf Course (designed by Thomson Perrett & Lobb).

Click on the link below to watch the Skratch TV episode featuring the historic Gezira Sporting Club and NEWGIZA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRwJDRO0Rp0

With over 32, 000 views in the first day it will surely help to spread the word of Egyptian golf around the world.

 

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Written on November 21st, 2019 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Top Courses, Travels, Uncategorized

Lobb + Partners Newsletter – Summer 2019
Welcome to our October newsletter. It has been quite a summer for Lobb + Partners; the opening of our NEWGIZA course in Egypt after a very long and complicated build was a huge milestone for us – and the course has already received some great response.
But Egypt and NEWGIZA is far from the whole story. Our newbuild activities have continued moving forward in both Egypt and Turkey – and we have a bunch of new opportunities in different countries that we hope to be able to report in future newsletters – and our course renovation business is doing great, with all three of the famous ‘Three Ws’ near Woking in Surrey now working with us.
As such, we expect to bump into more golfers than ever before just in the course of our day to day work. So if we see you around, we offer you best wishes, and if we don’t, we still hope things go well for you. Good golfing.
Tim Lobb
Phase one a success at Worplesdon GC. Phase two to commence in Nov 19. Photo by Kevin Murray

Phase one a success at Worplesdon GC. Phase two to commence in Nov 19. Photo by Kevin Murray

Written on October 17th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

 

Tim was fortunate enough to be asked to contribute to the September issue of Golf Digest Middle East, to discuss life as a golf course architect, working with partners Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett and what is golf need to do in the future.

 

Tim Lobb featured in Golf Digest Middle East (September Issue)

Tim Lobb featured in Golf Digest Middle East (September Issue)

 

 

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What great memories talking about times together with Ross Perrett and Peter Thomson in St Andrews

What great memories talking about times together with Ross Perrett and Peter Thomson in St Andrews

 

Thank you for the interest in our design firm Kent Gray and Golf Digest Middle East.

www.golfdigestme.com

 

 

 

 

Written on September 20th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

We are truly blessed to work with some amazing clients on stunning projects across the world.

 

Please take a minute to view this video on what it is like to work with LOBB + PARTNERS, a clients perspective.

 

https://vimeo.com/359997795

 

Thanks to https://alloneworldmedia.com/wp/

and Colin Hancock for producing the video.

Written on September 18th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

Whilst most of August was enjoyed as holiday for the LOBB + PARTNERS office we did get a chance to enjoy some rounds of golf. This included a few rounds at the wonderful and quirky Huntercombe Golf Club, just outside of Henley.

The course was designed by Willie Park Jnr and is one of his most creative designs, perhaps because he was the owner of the property and without influence of committees or other voices.

LOBB + PARTNERS have been consulting at the Club for a number of years now and in the winter completed works to the 16th hole to address a safety problem that was apparent to the right boundary. Our solution was to create Park style ‘pots’ alone the side of the hole to deter play from the right. Construction works were completed by FJ Lovell and carefully grown in by Course Manager – Grant Stewart.

 

Park style 'pots' created on hole 16

Park style ‘pots’ created on hole 16

 

To play the hole now in its current form not only solved the safety problem but it enhanced the Park philosophy off the drive.

 

 

The works were constructed by FJ Lovell.

The works were constructed by FJ Lovell.

 

The new pots are quite a deterant.

The new pots are quite a hazard

 

 

 

We look forward to further work with the Club.

Tim L

Written on September 12th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Tim Lobb, Top Courses, Uncategorized

Watch video of the day produced by All One World Media.

https://vimeo.com/360638742

 

This year we held our 13th annual golf day at the glorious Burhill Golf Club on the Old Course in late July. We had a record number of players competing for the Thomson Cup with 40 participants, ranging from existing clients, industry partners and the guest of honour Tim’s father from Australia.

 

LOBB + PARTNERS have been working with the Burhill Golf Club for a number of years now and this year we got to play to the new par 3, 6th hole which was completed in the previous winter.

 

Don Lobb playing to the new LOBB + PARTNERS 6th hole.

Don Lobb playing to the new LOBB + PARTNERS 6th hole.

 

In the 39 deg c heat the golfing challenge had never been so fierce but we are happy to say that all golfers got around and the champion golfer of the year was Mark Ganning of Hunter Industries, making him a two time winner of the Thomson Cup.

 

Mark Ganning, winner of the Thomson Cup with Tim Lobb.

Mark Ganning, winner of the Thomson Cup with Tim Lobb.

 

Thanks must go to Burhill Golf Club for keeping us hydrated and putting on such a wonderful event for us. Also to our dedicated participants who played with a smile despite the extreme conditions.

 

40 players enjoyed the annual LOBB + PARTNERS Golf Day

40 players enjoyed the annual LOBB + PARTNERS Golf Day

 

Till next year.

Happy golfing.

Tim L.

Written on September 12th, 2019 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb, Uncategorized

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

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