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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Spring 2021 Newsletter


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Lobb + Partners Spring Newsletter
Spring is here, and with it comes encouraging news for a positive year ahead. We have been busy supporting our existing projects but also happy to say we have found new developments that we will be exploring with likeminded clients.

I hope that all our readers are healthy and that we all have a great year ahead.


L+P expand into South Korea

Lobb + Partners has signed an agreement that will see it expand into another new international market, in this case South Korea. The firm was selected to be part of JM Golf Advisors, a group of golf course architects and other golf development professionals chosen to help with the design and development of sustainable, strategically interesting and player responsive golf courses. The group has been founded by experienced Korean golf development professional Mr James Park.

Park says: "Lobb + Partners were a natural fit for our group as they have a long history of designing and opening very successful golf courses that golfers have enjoyed around the world. We have a number of projects being considered at present and we welcome the addition of their valuable design knowledge and skill."

Lobb + Partners expand into South Korea.

Tim Lobb added: "Covid-19 has made us explore new options, and so we have taken the chance to review our business and set long term goals. This move fits perfectly in that context, plus it has long been a goal for me to return to work in Asia – where I started my career in the mid 1990s with Ted Parslow in Malaysia."

JM's website can be found at www.jmgolfadvisor.com.

New forward tee programme at Woking

At Woking Golf Club, only a couple of miles from his home, Tim is working with Course Manager Andy Ewence and General Manager Richard Pennell to create a new set of forward tees, with the aim of making the course more playable for short-hitting golfers, including juniors, seniors and women.

The first phase of the project, which began in early March, covers holes 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 15. These works were completed by the end of March, and are being handled by contractor MJ Abbott, Rainbird Irrigation as well as Ewence's team.

Andy Ewence, Richard Pennell and Tim Lobb on new forward tee, first hole at Woking Golf Club.

Tim said: "Our heather restoration work at Woking has been a great success, and is set to improve the course's environmental impact significantly. Heather is beautiful and it is the appropriate choice for a heathland course, but it is a tough and unyielding hazard for players with slow swing speeds. Therefore adding more forward tees is a sensible choice to make the course less penal for such players."

Richard Pennell said: "Tim has been our consulting architect for several years now and he really knows and understands the course well. These new tees will play an important part in enhancing Woking's appeal to players of all standards."

Worplesdon project completed after three years

Only a short distance away from Woking, Lobb + Partners has completed a three-year project of landscape and heather restoration at the historic Worplesdon golf club. The project, completed in association with contractor Frank Lovell, and overseen by Course Manager Paul Robinson and Secretary Chris Lomas, concluded this winter with works to the 11th (named the world's best par five hole by Golden Age architect Tom Simpson), 12th, and the well-known par three 13th as well as the 14th and 15th holes.

At the 13th, the team has restored the original 'horseshoe' bunker that wraps right round the green, which had been broken up into smaller bunkers over the years. We mentioned this work in our last newsletter, but since then the bunker restoration has been finished, and the hole returned to the original form created by architects J. F. Abercromby and Willie Park Jr.

The completed bunker and heathland restoration works to holes 13 and 14 at Worplesdon Golf Club

Chris Lomas said: "This project has been a major investment for the club, and we are fortunate to have had an advisor of Tim Lobb and Lobb + Partners calibre so close at hand. The course is now a far more authentic heathland experience than it has been in many years, and I know that our members and guests will be truly inspired by the works."

Lobb + Partners hired to revitalise Waterton Lakes Golf Course in Canada

Lakeland Golf Management announced that Lobb + Partners has been retained as part of their team set to revitalize Waterton Lakes Golf Course – a historic 18-hole course, in southwest Alberta, owned by Parks Canada.

Waterton Lakes GC is a place where wildlife-deer, elk, moose, and the occasional cougar and bear roam. More than 1,400 forms of flora, many species not found anywhere else in Alberta, also call this place "where the mountains meet the prairies" home. The course dates back to 1922 when the original 9 holes were opened. To accommodate demand, a second nine was added, and on Canada Day, 1935, Waterton Lakes expanded to 18 holes. Following input from Canada's most famous Golf Course Architect, Stanley Thompson, further course improvements were made through the 1950s.

Waterton Lakes in Canada offers a spectacular setting and opportunity.

Lakeland Golf Management operates 9 golf courses in Western Canada (five in Manitoba, four in Saskatchewan). Parks Canada has awarded them the Lease to manage, operate, maintain and make capital improvements to Waterton Lakes Golf Course for the next 25 years.

"Lakeland Golf Management is excited to work with Lobb + Partners to help revitalize this historic course for visitors and locals to enjoy for generations," said Harry Brotchie, President, Lakeland Golf Management Inc.

"Our team's approach to intelligent design and sustainability strives to maximize the positive impacts Waterton Lakes Golf Course can have on its social and environmental surroundings," said Alex Hay, Lobb + Partners' Canadian Partner and Design Associate. "We believe when managed properly golf courses provide many positive benefits to local environments and wider communities. A sustainable approach was part of golf in the beginning and it must be part of golf in the future. We look forward to working with Lakeland Golf Management on this exciting project."

As part of its contribution to this long-term project, Lobb + Partners recommends: increasing the connection with the surrounding natural landscape and to helping educate golfers on the importance of protecting – and respecting – the rare flora and fauna which call the golf course home.

Today, the golf course remains an important attraction within Waterton Lakes National Park, and is a strong community asset. Both Lakeland Golf Management and Lobb + Partners look forward to ensuring the course is not just preserved, but enhanced, for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to this project, Lakeland Golf Management has entered into an agreement with Lobb + Partners to assist, as needed, with future review, planning and design solutions for other properties in their portfolio.

The Second L+P webinar focuses on continuous improvement

The second in Lobb + Partners series of webinars took place in mid-February, with a session on the need for continuous improvement of golf courses, with guests Wayne Sheffield, President and General Manager of the Isleworth club in Orlando, Florida, Gary Peddie, Secretary of St George's Hill GC in Surrey, England, and Padraic O'Rourke, Assistant Director of Golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler resort in British Columbia, Canada.

Webinar #2 was very well attended and educational with advice from the worlds best.

The group discussed a number of topics, including the importance of planning course improvements in a strategic fashion, and not rushing into them, as well as the need to have clear justification for course changes, rather than acting on whims. Wayne Sheffield highlighted the importance of assessing potential future threats and challenges, and planning carefully to mitigate their impact.

Oliver Tubb, Design Associate for Lobb + Partners said: "This was a great session, with input from attendees from all over the world. We touched on the best ways to handle course improvements, including how to get buy-in from the various stakeholders, and the relative advantages and disadvantages of small-scale, bit by bit projects as against 'big bangs'.

We're planning now for our third webinar on the subject of: The art and science of green (re) design and construction, which will take place on May 20th. Anyone wishing to attend should email myself on otubb@lobbandpartners.com.

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