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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Winter 2019 Newsletter


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Lobb + Partners Winter Newsletter
Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020. It promises to be an exciting year for Lobb + Partners, with our course in the Turkish capital Ankara due for completion, our Soma Bay design in Egypt progressing and hopefully a number of other interesting jobs around the world. In particular, our new Canadian and North American operation, headed up by Alex Hay and now assisted by Oliver Tubb, should be announcing its first projects in the not-too-distant future.

Tim, our Principal, is fifty this spring. But there’s no prospect of our company getting old – we’re raring to see what the new decade has in store for us. Best of luck to all, and enjoy the newsletter.

Our 2019 in review

2019 was quite a year for Lobb + Partners. It incorporated twenty-one overseas trips to eight countries, saw the grand opening of our longest-standing project, NEWGIZA in Egypt and also saw Tim elected as Vice President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. With seven visits, and our course in Ankara, the first full-scale golf in the Turkish capital, Turkey was our most frequent destination, though Egypt, where our new Soma Bay course is in construction, was a close second.

A major highlight of 2019 was the opening of NEWGIZA in Cairo. Photo by Kevin Murray Photography.

Additionally, we said hello to a new Design Associate, Oliver Tubb, who with Alex Hay have together given us a strong presence in Canada. We capped off the year with new commissions in UK, Middle East and Africa during the last two weeks of December. More of them in 2020.

Thank you to all our wonderful clients who entrust their golf courses and developments to our team, our great network of professional consultants, superintendents and contractors we work with on these projects together and our other supporters and colleagues in this business – we are always stronger together!


LOBB + PARTNERS at PGA Merchandise Show (US) and BTME Harrogate (UK) this week

As we kick off the conference and exhibition season, we are pleased to announce that LOBB + PARTNERS will be present at both the major UK and US shows this week. If in attendance and fancy meeting up to chat golf course design, please get in touch.

US Show - Alex Hay: ahay@lobbandpartners.com

UK Show - Tim Lobb: tlobb@lobbandpartners.com

Adventures in Golf visits NEWGIZA

Tim enjoyed hosting Erik Anders Lang, presenter of the popular online golf show Adventures in Golf at NEWGIZA in Egypt recently. Erik and his crew, who travel all over the world seeking out interesting golf experiences, were in the middle of a swing through Africa when they came to Egypt, and naturally, given its spectacular location near the pyramids, gravitated to NEWGIZA.

"Erik particularly enjoyed the par three fourth hole," says Tim. "Hard not to; as well as being a spectacular par three down into the old limestone quarry, when you stand on the tee, you get a perfect view of the pyramids, just a few kilometres away. It was a lot of fun hosting Erik - he gets to see the most interesting golf in the world as his job, so we're very flattered that he and the team came to NEWGIZA."

Click the video above to watch Tim with Erik in Egypt for the Adventures in Golf programme, as NEWGIZA is featured (from 5.50 minutes in).

Landscape restoration work continues at Worplesdon, Woking and St George's Hill

We're continuing to work with our established UK golf club clients, and taking on new ones, such as Harry Colt's lovely Tandridge course in Surrey. What is interesting about this work is that it becomes as much about improving the landscape of the golf course as it does working on the golf holes themselves.

On many of the Surrey courses we are working on, this obviously means addressing the issue of heather. Most heathland courses have lost quite a bit of heather in recent decades, and most are now looking at ways to get it back. This is an approach we support entirely; lowland heath is a scarce and remarkable ecosystem, and the development of the suburbs south and west of London in the last 200 years means that quite a lot of what remains is in the care of golf clubs. Phase II of our project at Worplesdon is just coming to an end, with the eighteenth hole in particular dramatically improved as a result of the work. At Woking we continue our work with Course Manager, Andy Ewence and the team to complete heathland enhancements to holes thirteen and fifteen.

The recently enhanced bunker complex with heather top to hole eighteen at Worplesdon Golf Club.
Bunker sand to be placed shortly over black rubber crumb liner.

Meanwhile at St George's Hill, we have been gently improving the brilliant tenth hole, one of Colt's greatest two shotters. The work is very delicate and low intensity: raising the sand line on the first fairway bunker for visibility, adding heather to the big horizon bunker and also to the bank behind the green. On the par three eleventh, we've removed rhododendrons - pretty, but non-native and invasive - from the carry area and replaced them with heather. And on the twelfth, we've reheathered the big bunker in the carry.

St George's Hill continues upward trend

US publication Golf magazine published its biennial Top 100 Courses of the World ranking recently, after a significant change in the makeup of its panel. Among a number of courses making new entries in the ranking was St George's Hill, where we have been working for seven or eight years. Without wishing to blow our own trumpet too much, we conclude from this that consistency is a great thing. Many clubs go through two or three consulting architects in this sort of time, with inevitable changes of emphasis and style.

Our focus at SGH has been to reemphasise Harry Colt's original hole strategies, and, as discussed above, to work on improving the beautiful landscape of the course. Club Secretary Gary Peddie says: "At St Georges Hill we always strive to respect and enhance our Harry Colt legacy to the golf course and landscape. With Tim and Lobb + Partners, over the past eight years of consultancy we have found the perfect partner to help guide us respectfully to our goals."

The majestic tenth hole at St George's Hill following heathland restoration works this winter.

Oliver Tubb joins as Canada operation grows

PGA Pro and Landscape Architecture graduate Oliver Tubb joins our Canadian office.

We are excited to welcome Oliver Tubb to Lobb + Partners as our newest Design Associate. Based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Oliver will add his weight to Alex Hay in our newly-founded Canadian business. Born in Scotland and raised in Eastern Ontario, Oliver was first introduced to the game of golf at nine years old. This was on a short course, which doubled as a sheep pasture in the small village of Dunecht, Scotland. He soon fell in love with the game and has been chasing golf balls around the world ever since.

After moving to Canada in 1993, he became an accomplished junior and then amateur player. He grew up in Stirling, Ontario before attending the University of Guelph, attaining a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree in 2004. At the time, the varsity golf team was lucky enough to play Cutten Fields, an historic Stanley Thompson course. This cemented Oliver's passion for golf course architecture.

Oliver has been a PGA professional for many years, just missing out on earning playing privileges on the European Tour at last autumn's Q-School. He is excited to bring his skill and passion to Lobb + Partners and to contribute towards their ongoing portfolio of world class golf course design, development and restoration projects. We welcome him to the team!

Read Oliver full blog entry on website >>

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