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PAUL O’BRIEN 1968-2020

In Memoriam

 

Paul O’Brien MEIGCA died on 20th December 2020 following a protracted illness.

 

RIP Paul O'Brien. A great friend, father, husband and golf designer left our world far too young.

RIP Paul O’Brien. A great friend, father, husband and golf designer left our world far too young.

 

 

After graduating in Geography and Economics, and subsequently qualifying as a Geodetic (Land) Surveyor, Paul began his career in golf design as an intern with Jeff Howes in 1997. Paul credited Jeff with igniting his passion for golf course architecture and he stayed at Jeff Howes Golf Design for 16 years before joining (re)GOLF as a partner in 2013.

Paul’s proudest design achievements, amongst many, were Gowran Park in County Kilkenny and Naas Golf Club in County Kildare. Gowran Park was Paul’s first foray into the golf course design business back in 2001, when he was an on-site design coordinator. Nass Golf was the first project he undertook as (re)GOLF.

His enquiring mind was evident in how he revelled in finding solutions to problems, preferring the challenge of renovation work on an existing course to the less satisfying blank canvas of a green field site.

Paul’s enjoyment in his profession came from travel, experiencing new cultures and meeting people as excited as he was about creating or maximising the potential of a golf course.

Paul was a very popular and active EIGCA Member who will be sorely missed by all his friends and colleagues, at EIGCA and the wider golf industry. We send our sincere condolences to Paul’s wife and young son.

“It was clear from the very first time I met Paul that he loved the game of golf and had a fantastic sense of humour. Those attributes never waned, in good times and bad. Dear Paul, I do hope for God’s sake, that when you play golf up there you get relief when you land in a divot. Paul made a lot of friends in the golf business and he will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace.”Jeff Howes MEIGCA of Jeff Howes Golf Design

“We have lost a friend and a true professional, but more importantly, as Paul was a true family-man his family has lost a caring father and husband. It is a massive loss to us as Paul always strived to make us better and more professional. He loved the game of golf and had a passion to help others. Our hearts are broken, and we will forever honour him and his passionate approach to work. We are honoured to have him as a founder of our company but more importantly that we have been fortunate enough to call him our friend. Our thoughts are with his family in these difficult times.” Jeff Lynch & Christian Lundin, EIGCA Members and colleagues from (re)GOLF

“Paul was such a nice guy with an engaging personality. I am deeply shocked. My thoughts are with his family, to whom I would like to express my most heartfelt condolences. Paul is a huge loss for our EIGCA family and we will treasure his memory.” Christoph Städler, EIGCA President

Written on December 22nd, 2020 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

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Written on December 11th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

Tim Lobb is celebrating twenty-five years in the golf design business, although he didn’t at first know he had reached the milestone!

“We are bidding for a job in Asia, and the client asked for a CV of my life and work,” he says. “In drawing up that resumé, I realised that it was exactly twenty-five years ago that I came into the industry, working for Ted Parslow in Malaysia. So I stopped to think about it, and on reflection, you cannot help but reflect on the way the business has changed since then.”

Environmental issues, Tim reckons, are the single biggest change since the 1990s. “We have improved our environmental sensitivity – and our understanding of sustainability generally – massively since I first came into the industry,” he says. “Additionally, I think architects are much more accountable for their designs these days. Back in the 1990s, some of the design work was really not very site-specific and was very cookie-cutter. Frankly, a lot of it was extremely over-the-top. I think there is much more understanding among architects now of the day-to-day issues of maintenance and management. Even designing greens has changed a lot. They have got bigger and faster, and there is more thought going into contours.”

But there is one thing, according to Tim, that is exactly the same now as it was in the middle-nineties. “I still hand-draw everything!” he laughs.

 

View video here: Reflecting on 25 years in the golf course design business (Tim Lobb – LOBB + PARTNERS) on Vimeo

Written on December 9th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Nov 10th, 2020 — Pender Harbour Golf Club, operated and managed by the Pender Harbour Golf Club Society, located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast is pleased to announce the appointment of the Canadian and British based golf course architectural firm, LOBB + PARTNERS.

 

Lobb + Partners will conduct a Golf Course Review and provide a hole-by-hole documentation of the nine hole facility as it exists today. This review process and the resulting submission will enable Lobb + Partners, in conjunction with course Superintendent Allan Dewald, and the volunteer member board, to prioritize a list of golf course improvement projects. The course review and priority list will then form the foundation for future planning, and course improvement decisions.

 

Pender Harbour Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. The dramatic downhill second hole pictured.

Pender Harbour Golf Club in British Columbia, Canada appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. The dramatic downhill second hole pictured.

 

 

At the forefront of this project is an understanding Pender Harbour Golf Club is a smaller, community focused golf club, who recognizes a need to innovate and to provide consistency in their course planning and improvements process. It is embraced future golf course improvement projects are to be driven by intelligent design solutions which lead to quantifiable returns on investment. At the forefront of this, is a desire to ease course maintenance in certain areas and to enhance the playability and golf experience for members and guests.

 

Looking back from the spectacular second green at Pender Harbour Golf Club

Looking back from the spectacular second green at Pender Harbour Golf Club

 

 

“PHGC’s strategic partnership with Lobb + Partners in envisioned as a massive opportunity to partner with a reputable global golf course architecture and consulting firm. Strategic planning and short term goal setting, utilizing the expertise of Lobb + Partners, will surely enable Pender Harbour Golf Club to continue to operate successfully as a Society under the BC Societies Act, while further growing the game of golf on the Sunshine Coast” said Brett Hallborg, Board Member, Pender Harbour Golf Club

 

 

Pender Harbour appoints add to the growing list of consultancy assignments for LOBB + PARTNERS

The Pender Harbour Golf Club appointment adds to the growing list of consultancy assignments for LOBB + PARTNERS in Canada

 

 

“Not only is PHGC a memorable golf experience and wonderful example of a successful community golf, it is also example of passionate, innovative, forward thinking people, who have come together over their love for golf. We are really excited for this opportunity, and look forward to working with Allan and his team, along with the society members, to help craft a sustainable vision and plan for course improvements” commented Oliver Tubb, Design Associate for LOBB + PARTNERS.


The review work with Pender Harbour Golf Club is scheduled to commence during the winter of 2020 / 2021.

 

The review of and recommendations for Pender Harbour shall commence over the coming months

The review of and recommendations for Pender Harbour Golf Club shall continue over the coming months

 

 

About Pender Harbour Golf Club:
The spectacular Pender Harbour Golf Club opened in 1986 and is operated and managed by the Pender Harbour Golf Club Society members and volunteers. It strong community focussed golf club with over 200 annual members, and is fully accessible for the public players.

Golfers can play on almost every day of the year thanks to the mild climate of the Sunshine Coast. The club is conveniently located just three hours from Vancouver and includes a full length nine hole golf course, covered driving range, short-game practice area, a pro shop, restaurant and maintenance facility.

All golfers are welcomed at this friendly, casual, public course, where multiple tees and a variety of

elevations provide an interesting challenge for all skill levels.
Golf course maintenance is practiced according to the best environmental-care policies.
www.pendergolf.ca

 

About LOBB + PARTNERS:
This international golf design firm was founded by Tim Lobb after the retirement of his previous partner, five times Open Champion Peter Thomson in 2016 from their firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb. Throughout the twenty-five-year golf design career of Tim Lobb, he has been involved with the creation of ten new golf courses and worked in more than twenty different countries.

Additionally, the design practice consults to many highly regarding existing golf courses throughout Britain, Europe and Canada.

In 2018, LOBB + PARTNERS expanded and opened their Canadian base in British Columbia with former European Golf Design member, Alex Hay. Further expansion saw PGA of Canada professional and BLA graduate Oliver Tubb join the team in 2019. Alex and Oliver are based in Whistler and North Vancouver respectively.

The practice places a high regard for sustainable and intelligent design solutions on all projects
undertaken.
www.lobbandpartners.com

 

Written on November 10th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Our projects, Top Courses, Uncategorized

The voice of our industry and esteemed magazine Golf Course Architecture recently interviewed LOBB + PARTNERS Principal, Tim Lobb on the opening of this landmark project and the first full 18 hole course in the Turkish Capital.

The project represents the 3rd completed with prolific Turkish golf developer Mr Fikret Ozturk.

Read full article here:

https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/new-ankara-layout-opens-for-preview-play

 

Expansive views across this vast Ankara site dominates the golfing experience

Expansive views across this vast Ankara site dominates the golfing experience

 

 

Oregon based agronomist Rick Elyea helps select the 'Oregon' feeling seed mix for project

Oregon based agronomist Rick Elyea helps select the ‘Oregon’ feeling seed mix for project

 

 

Working with course superintendent Ufuk Dincer to fine tune mowing lines and bunker edges

Working with course superintendent Ufuk Dincer to fine tune mowing lines and bunker edges

 

 

The 18 hole course is situated on a vast 200 hectare plot with a 70m height change

The 18 hole course is situated on a vast 200 hectare plot with a 70m height change

 

 

 

 

 

Written on October 22nd, 2020 by Tim and stored in Press Releases, Tim Lobb, Top Courses, Travels

Huntercombe Golf Club in Oxfordshire, England was designed by Willie Park Junior and opened in 1901.

Park who owned the property got to design the course exactly how he wanted without any external interface and is surely one of the most creative and unique golfing experiences on the planet.

Huntercombe Golf Club, General Manager, Marcus Lovelock and LOBB + PARTNERS, Tim Lobb give an in depth architectural insight into this fascinating golf course and it use of ground contours to form the golfing challenge.

 

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Click on YouTube link below.

https://youtu.be/t2OgFpf9BEg

 

Go and enjoy Huntercombe for yourself one day.

 

 

Written on July 30th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

On Sunday 19th July Tim Lobb completed his charity marathon run around the streets of Woking in Surrey. He was running in memory of family member David Buffin who suffered multiple strokes aged just 50 and died this year, eight years after the strokes and lived his last eight years in care.

 

Thank you to everybody who donated to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-lobb - we raised over £2400 for the Stroke Association, which is truly amazing.

 

With the support of family and friends Tim managed to complete the marathon distance in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds which was exactly what was the planned finished time and a dream come true to finish Tim’s first marathon in that time.

 

Tim completed the marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

Tim completed the marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

 

For the running geeks the splits and official Strava data is below. Thank you to the pacers that joined in for most of the race and kept the prescribed pace and always on hand to give encouragement when the going got tough – from mile 22 onwards.

 

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Very happy with those splits. Started to get tired from mile 22 onwards.

Very happy with those splits. Started to get tired from mile 22 onwards.

 

Keep running.

Tim L

Written on July 28th, 2020 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

Ensuring that classic courses are both respectful of their origins and relevant to today’s golf.

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Working on a historic golf course is both a treat and a challenge for a golf architect. To follow in the footsteps of one of the giants of the profession cannot but be an honour, yet at the same time it brings its own difficulties. There may be conflict between the desire to preserve the original architect’s work and the wish (even requirement in some cases) to remain relevant to the demands of modern play. In short, working on these courses requires a mix of knowledge, diplomacy and humility from an architect.

Lobb + Partners has been lucky enough to work on a good number of historically important courses.  Based as we are in Surrey (with another office in British Columbia, Canada), we have a number of ongoing clients among the heathland courses south of London, the area where, in many ways, modern golf architecture was first conceived and executed. Lowland heath is a rare and precious ecosystem, and the southward development of the London suburbs and exurbs in the last 200 years has resulted in much of it being lost, and much of what remains being in the care of golf clubs. Until recently, heath has been in decline on most of the golf courses in the area: we are delighted and proud to be helping a number of clubs to reverse this trend. Authenticity of landscape is a vital part of our work. We seek, like the greats of yesteryear, to produce courses that sit lightly on their surrounding landscape. Golf has become too manicured in recent years, and we are happy that clubs now seem to appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural landscape. We aim to help them do so.

 

The majesty of St George's Hill Golf Club and the re built first hole by LOBB + PARTNERS. Photo by Jason Livy

The majesty of St George’s Hill Golf Club and the re built first hole by LOBB + PARTNERS. Photo by Jason Livy

 

 

Our approach to a historic course starts, almost always, with thorough research. Golf courses are living, growing things and change every day; consequently over a century and more, change is likely to be extensive, even if the holes have not been altered by the hand of man. Grass and trees grow; bunker edges and other earthworks erode. So comprehensive research to understand how the course was originally and how it has changed over time is vital. We make use of multiple sources: old aerial photographs are among the most useful, but club archives often contain hidden treasures such as reports and even plans from the original architects, as well as references to the course design in minute books and the like. We also like to interview long-standing members, who can often fill out our understanding of the course, and to review newspaper archives – which frequently provide us with remarkable material from the distant past. We work with specialist historians, notably Adam Lawrence of Oxford Golf Consulting, the editor of the respected industry magazine Golf Course Architecture, to document the development of client clubs.

Across the world of golf, there are architects who have made a career of being a ‘specialist’ on the works of one particular old-time great. We do not make such a claim; we have worked on courses by architects such as Colt, Abercrombie and Park, and we make a sustained effort not to impose a preset view of ‘what a course by architect X should look like’ but instead to identify and implement a solution that is appropriate to the situation and needs of the individual club. There are two key reasons for this: first, although there are commonalities across the works of the greats of the past, the central principle of all great architects is to be responsive to the individual site, and second, that it is impossible for the same response to be applicable to the present-day circumstances of all clubs.

 

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To give a few examples of our historical work. At Willie Park Jr’s Huntercombe GC in Oxfordshire, one of the most important sites in the evolution of golf architecture, we have been retained architects for a number of years, recently adding ‘Park-like’ pits to the sixteenth hole, and, through tree and scrub clearance, revealing original Park work on other holes. “Tim and his team have the great skill of taking a piece of ground and making it better – no matter who the original architect was,” says club secretary Marcus Lovelock.

 

The in depth historical aerial analysis at Huntercombe GC completed.

The in depth historical aerial analysis dating to 1937 at Huntercombe GC completed.

 

 

The unique and brilliant Park Junior contours on Huntercombe's 4th green. Photo by Jason Livy

The unique and brilliant Park Junior contours on Huntercombe’s 4th green. Photo by Jason Livy

 

 

At Woking Golf Club, one of the most important sites in the development of golf course architecture, we have been working since 2014, initially on a  report that traced the development of the course since its creation in 1893, and also on a replacement for the par three sixteenth hole, whose green was too close to the property boundary for safety. More recently, working closely with course manager Andy Ewence and secretary Richard Pennell, we have helped the club undertake a large and very exciting piece of heath regeneration: the area between the second green and the eleventh fairway, about two acres, was cleared of trees, and now, a year on, heather is starting to regrow. More such landscape regeneration work is planned around the course and as part of the golfing features.

 

The new sixteenth hole created at the historic Woking Golf Club. Photo by Kevin Murray

The new sixteenth hole created at the historic Woking Golf Club. Photo by Kevin Murray

 

 

Across Surrey at St. George’s Hill GC, we have again been working with the club for a number of years. Renovation plans for the club’s Green nine, including a new green on the short par four sixth, and a course history report started the programme of work, but over time this has expanded. On the main course, we rebuilt the first green and fairway bunkering – which had been altered from Harry Colt’s original in the 1930s, and just recently we have enhanced the bunkers on Colt’s great par four tenth to add heather, and removed intrusive (and pretty, but non-native) rhododendrons from the par three eleventh.

 

Recent heathland and bunker restoration works to the famous tenth hole at Colt's St Georges Hill Golf Club

Recent heathland and bunker restoration works completed  to the famous tenth hole at Colt’s St Georges Hill Golf Club

 

 

In short, our approach when working on a classic course is always to be sensitive to its past, but conscious that it must serve the needs of those who use it today. Even classic courses can benefit from modern design and construction techniques (such as state of the art bunker liners) that makes them more sustainable and easier to maintain. Whether a project is run from our headquarters in the UK, or our Canadian office, our team is working together on a daily basis to achieve our most important goal: being respectful of history but always keeping an eye on the future.

 

Written on July 1st, 2020 by Tim and stored in Our projects

When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. Life changes instantly and recovery is tough. But the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.

We hope that friends and family can support this cause as we have experienced the effects of a Stroke to family and friends that we know.

During the marathon run Tim will be thinking of his cousin in law, David Buffin, who had a stroke 8 years ago (just aged 50) and recently died from pneumonia. He never recovered from his initial Stroke and spent the remainder of his life in care with his wife Karen and family at his side. Also will be thinking of former business partner Ross Perrett who suffered a stroke a few years ago and thankfully recovered with sheer guts and determination to flourish again. A true inspiration to us all. Also Tim’s Uncle Ian in Adelaide, Australia suffered a Stroke a few years ago and with the help of the dedicated health professionals he is making his recovery. Keep it going.

Since January 4th, 2020, Tim Lobb has started a fitness campaign to lose weight and get fit for his 50th birthday which was in May 2020. A love for running and counting calories has seen a successful weight loss of 20kg/ 3 stone or 45lbs in the past six months.

This run will be the culmination of a major fitness regime, a lifelong dream to run a full marathon and hopefully inspire others to get up, put their sneakers on and do some exercise. It just may save your life.

Tim hopes to complete the marathon in under four hours and thank you all for visiting this page and donating if you can.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tim-lobb

If you would like to come and run a few miles with Tim or support on the day please email directly to tlobb@lobbandpartners.com for directions. We would love to see you.

 

Written on July 1st, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

 

Vancouver, British Columbia, 3rd June 2020 — GolfBC Group, Western Canada’s largest golf course owner and operator and one of Canada’s foremost golf, resort and residential management company is pleased to announce the appointment of the Canadian and British based golf course architectural firm, Lobb + Partners.

 

In the first instance Lobb + Partners will review the architectural nature of GolfBC Group’s seven golf courses in British Columbia.  The company will review each of these properties and identify opportunities that will allow for improved on-course playability and strategy, enhanced sustainability initiatives and to maximize the aesthetic value for players while respecting the original integrity of the course architects.

 

‘Our Director of Grounds Maintenance, Brett Finlayson and I undertook a comprehensive interview process to carefully appoint the correct design partner for our group. It was imperative the selected design firm had a thorough understanding of multi course ownership dynamics while delivering design solutions that enhance the playing experiences for our customers. We greatly look forward to working with Tim Lobb, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb from their British Columbia base’ said Andy Hedley, VP of Golf Operations, GolfBC Group.

 

Tim Lobb, Founder and Principal of Lobb + Partners added, ‘It is always a thrill to work with clients who seek to make their golf facilities player friendly, sustainable, adaptable to an evolving market and maintenance friendly. We greatly look forward to collaborating with GolfBC Group to implement intelligent design solutions to their exceptional venues.’

 

Premier Canadian multi golf operator and owner Golf BC Group appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. L-R Brett Finlayson, Andy Hedley, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb at BC Golf Group HQ in Vancouver.

Premier Canadian multi golf operator and owner Golf BC Group appoint LOBB + PARTNERS. L-R Brett Finlayson, Andy Hedley, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb at GolfBC Group HQ in Vancouver.

 

 

‘Part of our vision for establishing a presence in Canada is to work with likeminded clients who value the importance of their golf courses and the positive impact of well-considered design solutions. We are excited to join the Canadian golf community and look forward to assisting owners and operators for many years to come’.

 

The work with GolfBC Group is scheduled to commence later in 2020 with further review in 2021.

 

About GolfBC Group:

Since 1990, Burrard International Inc. (parent company of Golf BC) has been creating or acquiring premium championship golf destinations in British Columbia, Canada, and since October 2003, also in Hawaii.

 

The objective was to establish a series of world class facilities throughout the province and beyond where players could experience total golfing excellence. The courses are consistently ranked among the highest throughout Canada and North America.

 

GolfBC Group currently own and operate ten golf courses in Western Canada and Hawaii

www.golfbc.com

 

About LOBB + PARTNERS:

This British and Canadian based golf design firm was founded by Tim Lobb after the retirement of his previous partner, five times Open Champion Peter Thomson in 2016 from their firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb. Throughout the twenty-five-year golf design career of Tim Lobb, he has been involved with the creation of ten new golf courses and worked in more than twenty different countries. Additionally, the design practice consults to many highly regarding existing golf courses throughout Britain, Europe and Canada.

 

In 2018, LOBB + PARTNERS expanded and opened their Canadian base studio in Whistler with ex European Golf Design member, Alex Hay. Further expansion saw PGA pro and Landscape Architecture graduate Oliver Tubb join the team in 2019 from his Vancouver base.

 

The practice places a high regard for sustainable and intelligent design solutions on all projects undertaken.

www.lobbandpartners.com

Written on June 3rd, 2020 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

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