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The LOBB + PARTNERS eNewsletter – Spring 2019


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Lobb + Partners Newsletter – Spring 2019
Welcome to our spring newsletter. It has been a hectic few months for Lobb + Partners, as you'll soon see from reading the items below. But it has been a tremendous spell too - the opening of NEWGIZA in Egypt is something we've been waiting to announce for the longest time, and the truly fantastic way that the course has been received is incredibly flattering and comes as a huge boost.

The variety of projects we're working on is especially satisfying - from large-scale construction projects like NEWGIZA to long-term historically-focused renovations at places like Tandridge, Burhill and Huntercombe, courses originally designed by some of the greatest architects that ever lived.

And finally, I was personally very gratified to be elected vice-president of the EIGCA at our recent annual meeting. To have your peers put their trust in you in this way is perhaps the greatest accolade any professional could ask for!

Tim Lobb

NEWGIZA hailed an instant classic

Fourteen years after Tim Lobb first walked the site, along with his then partner Ross Perrett, the NEWGIZA course in Egypt has opened - and, with its exciting holes set in a former quarry, along with unique views of the ancient Pyramids, it has already been hailed as a classic by one of Europe's leading golf travel writers.

The final design of Thomson Perrett & Lobb (TPL) to open, NEWGIZA is located five miles from the Pyramids, which are visible from the tee of one of the course's outstanding holes, the par three fourth.

The eye catching par three, fourth hole at NEWGIZA.

Golf journalist Chris Bertram played NEWGIZA soon after it opened and believes it is already one of the finest courses in the region. "NEWGIZA overshadows any Spanish resort course I've played and compares favourably with almost every course in the Algarve - it's up there with somewhere like Monte Rei," said Bertram, who compiled Golf World's Top 100s for ten years and now edits National Club Golfer's travel section and ranking lists. "It is instantly one of the elite courses in the Middle East and North Africa by virtue of the variety of holes and consistent entertainment. And even early in its life, it is immaculately conditioned."

The course is part of a huge 680 hectare development at NEWGIZA in the south-west of the city that includes upscale housing, sports arena, hotels, schools, universities and a vibrant community hub.

View more stunning course pictures by Kevin Murray photography on the NEW GIZA project page >>

Design works commence at Colt's Tandridge Golf Club

Tandridge Golf Club in Surrey has taken on the services of Lobb + Partners to carry out renovations to its historic Harry Colt-designed course.

Tim Lobb, whose past projects include work on Colt courses at St George's Hill and Blackmoor, is determined that Colt's legacy will be honoured in a sympathetic, long-term renovation that will retain his original design philosophy while bringing the course up to date for the modern age.

Colt's original course dates from 1924, and Lobb has been engaged by the club to carry out a 'course-evolution programme', retaining its natural and historic character.

L-R Peter Allington, Tim Lobb and Course Manager Iain Dyer discuss future works to Tandridge Golf Club.

Lobb and his colleagues have gathered extensive historical data on the course, including aerial photography from English Heritage from the 1940s, '60s and '90s, as the team looks to assess potential changes in a systematic way.

Tandridge's course director, Peter Allington, said: "Many improvements have been made to the course over the past ten years, but it is imperative we continue to move the club forward in a controlled and planned manner, so we are looking to produce and implement a course evolution plan for the next decade and potentially beyond that. Tim brings a professional and creative approach to the design process, while always respecting the Colt philosophy, and he maintains a 'hands-on' presence during the construction phase."

Visit the Tandridge Golf Club project page >>

Get to know Alex Hay

Lobb + Partners is expanding into Canada, with the news that former European Golf Design staffed Alex Hay has come onboard as a Canadian partner and design associate. Canada, where more than one in seven of the population plays golf, is one of the most dynamic golf markets in the world. Here's a brief interview with Alex.

Alex Hay - from golfing in Scotland to being design partner in Canada.

What's your background in golf?
Though I was born in Surrey in the south of England, my father is from Fortrose in Scotland, and he introduced me to golf at an early age. On family trips back to Scotland, we played courses like Nairn and Fortrose & Rosemarkie. I was a member of Epsom Golf Club in Surrey for twenty years, and I play to a seven handicap.

How did you come to be in Canada?
My wife Alaina is Canadian. We met in London and lived there for ten years - we have two sons aged five and seven - and we decided to up sticks and move to Whistler in Canada. I worked for European Golf Design for ten years as well, so I was keen to stay in the design business after my move.

Why Lobb + Partners?
I have known Tim for many years through the EIGCA and admired his new build courses, but I was impressed by his growing list of historically significant projects in the Surrey area where I grew up playing. Canada has the oldest courses in North America and participation in golf is among the highest in the world. I hope to bring some of our experience to courses in British Columbia and beyond.

Construction completed at Park's Huntercombe and Burhill

We have just finished construction on renovation projects at Willie Park Jr's famous courses at Huntercombe in Oxfordshire and Burhill Old in Surrey and it was interesting to see the similarities between the two courses, despite the ten years between their creation. "Both Huntercombe and Burhill Old share a definite lineage in terms of their greens - which are dramatic - and the use of some fairly primitive looking earthworks as hazards," says Tim. "It's easy, when looking at these earthworks, to conclude that they are old bunkers, but studying the history of both courses shows that isn't true, they have always been grass. They are a real feature of Park's designs, and they work brilliantly as hazards in our modern game."

Carefully considered shaping works completed on the 16th hole at Huntercombe Golf Club.

"The addition of the 'Willie Park Pots' to protect the right side of the par five sixteenth at Huntercombe is the most significant earth movement carried out since Park himself designed and opened the course in 1901, and we look forward to working with Lobb + Partners on future studies." says Marcus Lovelock, General Manager, Huntercombe Golf Club.

Visit the Burhill Golf Club project page >>

Visit the Huntercombe Golf Club project page >>

Tim becomes EIGCA Vice-President at Paris AGM

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects recently held its annual general meeting in Paris. The meeting was the best attended in the Institute's history with over one hundred and thirty people present, and saw Tim elected as Vice-President, in support of the new President, German architect Christoph Städler.

New EIGCA President Christoph Städler (Centre) with retiring President Ross McMurray (Left) and
new Vice President Tim Lobb (Right) at recent Paris AGM. Photo by Mark Alexander.

"It's a huge honour to be nominated as EIGCA Vice-President," says Tim. "I see my role as supporting Christoph in his work as President, working to enhance the status of golf course architects across Europe and to give the best service we can to our members." EIGCA's President's Cup golf tournament was contested on Harry Colt's Golf de St Germain, and the Albatros course at Golf National, host to the recent Ryder Cup, but time constraints prevented Tim from playing. But he wasn't too disappointed to have missed out when he saw the scoring! "Golf National is one of the hardest courses in Europe, and our group was something like 750 over par in total," he says. "Luckily we are making a living from designing golf courses and not playing them!"

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