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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Summer 2018


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Lobb + Partners Newsletter – Summer 2018
Opening day of a new course you have designed is a time of mixed emotions for a golf architect. There's obviously a great sense of pleasure and achievement: nothing beats seeing golfers out having fun on something that you helped create. But there is sadness too. Building a new course is a huge team effort, and opening day marks the end of that process. The best way to remove that sadness is to have another project you can move on to with some or all of the same people, and that's why we have been so lucky in recent years to have a series of projects in Turkey for the same developer, Fikret Ozturk, and built by largely the same team. The opening of our new course in Bodrum in the summer did not mark an end in this way, but just another staging post: the same team is now in the Turkish capital, Ankara, building another new course there.

I hope you enjoy this update of what we have been doing over the summer - please contact me if there's anything else you'd like to know.

Tim Lobb

Ceremonial opening for Bodrum course

The new Regnum Golf and Country Club Bodrum, the first full-length golf course in the well-established resort area, had its official opening during the busy summer season. The course represents a second collaboration between developer Fikret Ozturk (who also owns the nine hole Bodrum Golf and Tennis Club, the only other operational golf facility in the area) and architect Tim Lobb; the pairing's first project, the Carya club in Belek is widely regarded as Turkey's best course. It is also the fourth course built for Lobb by contractors Naki Evrandir and Cengizhan Bolukbasi of GolfTek. Up to 275 villas will be built on the property over several years.

The long par 4, 3rd hole sitting amongst the olive groves in Bodrum.

The par 71 course measures 6,016 metres from the back and 4,770 metres from the front of its four sets of tees. It occupies a former olive grove, and indeed the olive oil from the property is being marketed as a house product by Regnum. "The property is rather hilly, and also, at 1450 acres, rather spread out, with lots of long views of forests, valleys and hills," said architect Lobb. "Because of the rocky conditions, we did a bare minimum of drawing in advance, and worked the design out in the field in close partnership with Naki and Cengizhan. It was really the first time I have ever worked that way; it demands total trust between architect, client and contractor - as such I am grateful to have been working with such a strong project team that all knew each other very well."

You can visit the Bodrum project page here >>

Beautiful day for Thomson Cup

Neil White (AECOM) winner of Thomson Cup
at the mighty Berkshire Golf Club with Tim Lobb.
Our annual golf day and contest for the Thomson Cup returned to the Berkshire Golf Club, where it started eleven years ago, in early September. We were blessed with a quite beautiful late summer's day, and the Red course lived up to all expectations. The course is in recovery after the heatwave of this summer, but fairways were glorious and firm, and course manager Ian Morrison had the greens running absolutely perfectly. Truly, I think anyone who does not have fun playing at the Berkshire should give up golf.

There were some decent scores - with six par fives, only two of which are over 500 yards, the Red is a course where people feel they should make a good score, only often to be disappointed when Herbert Fowler's design shows its teeth. Winner of the Thomson Cup, with a really impressive score of 42 Stableford points, was Neil White of global masterplanners AECOM, who said: "I hadn't played a lot of golf before my first invite to the Thomson Cup a few years ago, and I enjoyed that experience so much that it prompted me to join a club and start playing much more regularly! Now i've won the Cup, and I'm both proud and happy!" Congratulations Neil, and we look forward to seeing you - and all our guests - again, next year.

Watch our restoration works video on The Berkshire Golf Club project page >>

A busy year at The Springs

Lobb + Partners, along with original architect Brian Huggett and contractor Profusion Environmental, is well on the way to finishing the full eighteen hole renovation of The Springs course in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

The Springs is part of Darwin Escapes, one of the fastest-growing leisure brands in the UK. Darwin now has twenty locations across the UK, offering a wide variety of self-catering holiday accommodation, from luxury lodges to quirky treehouses, along with an extensive range of leisure activities. When Darwin bought the course in 2017, they quickly made contact with original designer Brian Huggett, who suggested involving Lobb + Partners. "I have known Tim for a long time and I recognise him as one of this country's best golf architects," said Huggett.

A comprehensive renovation to The Springs Golf Club is almost complete.

The whole project has been something of a race against time, with the intention from the start being to complete the whole eighteen hole renovation in one year - incorporating rebuilding fifty bunkers with Blinder bunker liner, reconstructing lake edging, building new tees and an all-new second hole, a par three which has changed direction to accommodate future development. Tim said: "Darwin is a great client. They want to create a really good course that is fun and challenging for everyone, but they have no interest in making it a 7,500 yard monster. Our contractor Profusion has done a remarkable job, especially considering the challenging conditions brought about by the hot summer. Because of the rapidity of the project, we have had to lay turf in many places where otherwise we might have seeded. Working through summer was good for speed, but challenging in terms of keeping the grass alive - especially the newly turfed areas. I'm proud of the work we have done."

You can visit The Springs project page here >>

Ankara in full construction, first 9 holes shaped

Our project for Mr Ozturk will be the first full size golf course built in the Turkish capital, and occupies 200 hectares of sloping ground a few miles from the city. Nine holes are already shaped, and the installation of the drainage and Rain Bird irrigation systems is well under way.

The downhill par 5, 3rd hole with Ankara in the distance shaped and ready for drainage and irrigation.

"We have had a few challenges with the earthworks, as we have hit some rocky ground, but in general the build is going really well - and pretty rapidly," says Tim. "The plan is to complete the earthworks before the end of 2018, so that we can sand cap the site and plant the grass in one hit during the 2019 season."

You can visit the Regnum Ankara Golf Estate project page here >>

Footgolf in Malaysia

On a recent family trip to Malaysia I caught up with my old work colleagues Jason Winter and Ted Parslow of Parlow Winter Golf Design. I worked with Jason and Ted in Malaysia from 1996-1998, and enjoyed every minute of it. Despite it being more than 20 years since I left Malaysia, we have remained close friends and always catch up for a game of golf when one of us is on the other's stamping ground!

In August I played a game of Footgolf with Jason at a newly opened facility he has designed and operates on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The site for this, the first Footgolf facility in Malaysia, is an old par three course which Jason and the team have transformed. It is now a really enjoyable footgolf course. The bunkers have been removed and the greens mown a little longer.

Jason letting one rip at Malaysia's first footgolf course.

But what I loved about the course is that there is still a lot of strategy and risk/ reward options with the holes. I said to Jason that his Footgolf course is amazing because not only is it beautiful but it also requires thought on how to play the holes - it isnt just a question of kicking the ball far as you can.

It's so much fun for the family, as demonstrated by my daughter Emma - who doesn't particularly like golf or football, but who enjoyed her round immensely. I wish Jason and the team the very best with the first Malaysian Footgolf facility. It truly is great fun for all.

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