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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Autumn 2021 Newsletter


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Lobb + Partners Autumn Newsletter
We are well into the autumn now, and the winter renovation season is under way in the UK and Canada - with L+P busy at, among others, Blackmoor GC (see below) St George's Hill and Tandridge, all fine Harry Colt courses in the south of England.

It has been quite a year, with the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the golf industry in its busiest state for many years as a result. Can we call it a golf boom? That seems presumptuous, but there is no doubt that golf courses around the world are way busier than they were pre-pandemic, and the same goes for golf architects, including us.

Which leaves me with little time to spare for catching up with friends in the industry - though we shall have chance to do so in the new year, at both BTME in Harrogate and the Golf Industry Show in San Diego (where we will be exhibiting at booth #1815). So, as I pause briefly to draw breath, may I wish all our friends and acquaintances compliments of the season, and we hope to see, or at least speak to you, as soon as we can in 2022.


New EIGCA President

Tim was elected President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) at the recent Annual Meeting in Cardiff, Wales. He is the Institute's twelfth President.

Tim said: "We, as golf course architects, have the power to shape the future. We need to design courses that are relevant in our modern day society. It is our chance, now, in a post-COVID world, to bring families and young people into golf. We must create the facilities that make golf interesting and fun. I will use my term as EIGCA President, and the platform it provides, to drive ahead with the message that the design of a course is fundamental to safeguarding the future of golf. We need to stress how the design of courses helps promote the game of golf, for all."

EIGCA President, Tim Lobb (middle) with newly appointed Vice President Caspar Grauballe (left) and retiring President Christoph Städler (right).

Tim's pledge to focus on the importance of design in the future of golf, follows three themes:
  1. Collaboration - greater collaboration with other international associations to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences to achieve a broad understanding of our industry from a global perspective
  2. Awareness - seek an enhanced appreciation in the wider (non-golfing) community of the positive environmental effect of well-considered golf course design
  3. Impact - encourage stakeholders in the wider golf industry to understand and appreciate the importance of our expertise and the fundamental impact they have on the future of golf for all.
"I wish to thank Christoph Städler for what he has achieved during his term as President and for his support by nominating me for this role. I look forward to the next two years and working with Caspar Grauballe who begins his term as Vice President," Tim said.

Alex Hay joins ASGCA Associate Program

Canadian Partner, Alex Hay commences his journey with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Associate programme.
L+P Canadian partner Alex Hay has become one of the first participants in the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA)'s new Associate Program. The programme is designed to help up-and-coming golf course architects to become familiar with the ASGCA, and the ASGCA to serve as a way for those entering the profession to make professional contacts, participate in professional education, and work toward full membership in the Society. As part of the programme, Alex attended the recent ASGCA annual meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.

"I'm very grateful to be able to particpate in the new Associate Program," he said. "Earlier in my career, I was able to complete the EIGCA vocational qualification in golf course design, and working with the ASGCA in this fashion is an important part of furthering my experience as a golf architect. I hope before too long to progress to ASGCA membership. I'm grateful to ASGCA, and in particular to Chris Wilcynski, who chairs the Associate Program subcommitte, for making it happen."

Blackmoor's Cave wins Thomson Cup

The fourteenth L+P Golf Day took place at longtime client Worplesdon GC in Surrey in October, and featured 46 players, the largest field yet assembled to contest the Thomson Cup.

Course Manager Paul Robinson and Club Secretary Chris Lomas, deserve all our thanks for the tremendous welcome they gave us and the fabulous condition in which the famous old course was presented. The restoration of the horseshoe bunker on the par three thirteenth hole, which we completed earlier in 2021, was particularly well received.

Thomson Cup winner Michael Cave (left) with Tim Lobb at annual golf day at Worplesdon Golf Club.

The standard of play was patchy, but Michael Cave of Blackmoor GC, a new L+P client (see below), came out victorious and took home the Thomson Cup, after a countback. Michael said: "As a Thomson Cup participant, it is a big thrill to take home the trophy; thanks to everyone who had a hand in making it happen."

Tim said: "I always love coming to Worplesdon to play, as it is such a beautiful course, and one I'm lucky to have it so close to me. Chris and Paul did us proud, and I feel very confident in saying that everyone - even those who didn't play so well - had a great day. The Cup is very important to me, as it honours the great Peter Thomson, who was such an important mentor in my career, so congratulations to Michael, and take good care of it!"

Construction begins on Quail Course at The Okanagan Golf Club

L+P's Canadian office has started another project, at the Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, British Columbia. The project, being led by Canadian Partner Alex Hay, is focused on redeveloping the eighteenth hole of the club's Quail course, originally designed by architect Les Furber.

Construction of new eighteenth hole is being completed by Goodwin Golf.

"The old eighteenth was a difficult hole after a testing 17th green, and when developer Burrard International began construction on a new housing development that requires use of a portion of the eighteenth fairway, it was an opportunity for GolfBC Group to hire us to work on building a new 18th hole," said Alex. "Construction work has just started - we have progressed well so far with very good conditions for the time of year, almost too dry at times!"

Alberta-based contractor Goodwin Golf is handling the construction work at The Okanagan Golf Club. "The location is spectacular, and I'm confident we can build a finishing hole that will live up to the surrounding environment," said Alex.

Renovation under way at Colt's Blackmoor

L+P has begun a three year programme of renovation works at the Harry Colt-designed Blackmoor GC in Hampshire, England.

Colt built Blackmoor in two stages. Nine holes were opened in 1913, and the other nine were completed after the First World War, opening in 1923. Much of his design remains, though four holes have been completely lost to housing development.

Bunker renovation works commencing at Colt's, Blackmoor Golf Club.

"Although the club lost four holes to housing, Blackmoor is fortunate in that it is mostly surrounded by open heath, owned by the military - in fact, the course was largely built for the use of officers from nearby Borden and Longmoor Camp and residents of the neighbourhood," said Tim. "We have been advising the club for several years - we spent a lot of time going through the club's archive and understanding the landscape nature of the course - and now we have jointly decided it is time to put spades in the ground, so to speak."

The club initially hired L+P because of their experience working on heathland courses, and particularly their experience of working at Colt's St George's Hill. "The works are going to extend over three years - this year we are working on holes six, seven, thirteen, fourteen and fifteen, focusing on restoring the heathland environment and improving the bunkers, which have become in need of some TLC," said Tim. Contractor Profusion Environmental is handling the construction work.

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