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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Winter 2018


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Lobb + Partners eNewsletter – Winter 2018
A new year and several interesting new projects for us to get our teeth into. Sometimes, in the golf business, the seasons can merge into each other; when you're travelling a lot around the world, it's not unusual to go from winter to summer and back again in the space of a few days. Still, the dawn of the new year offers a good opportunity - especially for those of us in the northern hemisphere for whom the days are short - to reflect on what has passed, and to think about what is to come. We are thankful for our clients, friends and colleagues who have helped Lobb + Partners establish itself quickly as a leading golf design firm, and we look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible in the months to come.

Tim Lobb

Greens expansion planned at Woking

Tim Lobb consulted at the historic Woking Golf Club in Surrey, England - only a few miles from his home - for several years, producing a design policy report for the club, and building the new par three sixteenth, the biggest change to the course for many decades.

Now, as Woking moves forward under new secretary Richard Pennell and course manager Andy Ewence - a close friend of ours from the Buckinghamshire - the club has reappointed Tim, this time with a brief to research, and then hopefully correct, the shrinkage of the club's greens, which has taken place over many decades.

Historic aerials of Woking GC help form the basis for restoration.

"We are using drone images and historic photography to do a comprehensive study on where the greens have shrunk over the years. We can clearly see at least nine greens that have shrunk considerably - the twelfth is obvious on the left side, and on the third we can recapture an excellent pin just by mowing out the right side of the top tier," says Tim.

"Woking has a wonderful set of putting greens, so we felt it was essential to make the most of the contours and options available," says Richard Pennell. "With guidance from Tim, in collaboration with Andy Ewence, we are revising and restoring mowing lines and this work, together with an ongoing objective of faster and firmer surfaces, will ensure that the strategy and challenge that has held Woking in such high regard for the last 125 years will be maintained and enhanced for all our golfers."

You can visit the Woking Golf Club project page here>>

New course for LOBB + PARTNERS in Turkish capital

Hard on the heels from the completion of the Country Life Golf Club in the resort area of Bodrum, Tim has signed up to design his fourth course in Turkey. It will be his third project for developer Fikret Ozturk, after Country Life Golf Club and the Carya course in Belek, now a regular host of the European Tour's Turkish Airlines Open, and will be the first full-sized golf course in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Ankara site offers views of city with lovely sloping terrain.

"Unlike Carya and Bodrum, this project is not a resort but a members' course, with some housing round it," says Tim. "The development will be aimed at first time buyers, and the 200ha site is being masterplanned with Adam Crozier of Hatch, is about thirty minutes south west of Ankara city. It's wonderful to be doing another project with Fikret and his team - they are great people to work with."

"Building the first golf course in a particular area is a challenge, and so I'm happy that we have assembled a really strong team for this project," says developer Fikret Ozturk. "We have come to know and trust Tim over several years with two excellent projects, and the rest of our team, including Naki Evandir of contractor Golf Tek is just as experienced."

You can view more pictures from the Regnum Ankara Golf Estate project page here >>

St George's Hill ranked in world top 40 by US Golf Digest magazine

Harry Colt's great St George's Hill in Surrey was ranked as the 32nd best course in the world outside the US by Golf Digest magazine in a recent publication, the first time it has made this particular list.

Bravo to St George's Hill GC for debuting so high in Golf Digest listing.

We have been consulting at St George's Hill for several years now, initially advising on works to the club's Green nine, including the construction of a new green on the excellent short par four sixth. More recently, we have moved on to the 'big course', reworking bunkers on a number of holes including the par three third and rebuilding the first green, which was moved from Colt's original location in the 1920s.

"Towering fir trees and patches of heather add additional challenge and charm to what many consider to be Colt's finest heathland design," Golf Digest wrote in its citation for St George's Hill.

Design seminar at BTME

Tim, along with fellow golf architect and close friend James Edwards, just returned from the BIGGA, BTME conference and exhibition in Harrogate, Yorkshire, where the two of them delivered a seminar on 'Renovating Your Golf Course' to an enthusiastic audience of greenkeepers, on behalf of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, of which both are members.

Taking place over a full day, the seminar covered all aspects of course renovation - from selecting the right golf architect, communicating with members to actually managing the job and the various different ways of handling construction.

(left to right) Tim, with Jim Croxton (CEO BIGGA), Sami Strutt (Head of Member Development, BIGGA) and James Edwards.

"James is a good guy and it was a pleasure to do this together with him," Tim says. "It's gratifying to know that what you do has been well received, and the people who attended the event all told us that they had found it both stimulating and interesting. I don't know whether there were any budding golf architects in the room, but maybe we'll help a few clubs do a better job of managing renovation projects in the future."

Named among 'Architects of the Year' by US Magazine - Golf Inc.

Tim Lobb was named as one of the top ten golf architects of 2017 by US Magazine - Golf Inc in its January/February 2018 issue, alongside big names such as Gil Hanse and Tom Doak.

LOBB + PARTNERS features in Architect of the Year awards.

"In 2017, Lobb's firm took major steps toward establishing its own international brand," the magazine wrote, citing his appointment by major clubs such as The Berkshire and St George's Hill, and his new course work in markets such as Egypt as a reason for his inclusion.

"I don't take this kind of thing too seriously, but it is always nice to be recognised," Tim says. " If people think we are doing decent work, then I'm pleased because it shows we are doing a good job for the developers and golf clubs who hire us. Without them we do not achieve anything, so we are grateful to all our clients for giving us opportunities." Read the full article >>

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