Lobb & Partners
golf course architects

 

 

At Woking Golf Club, only a couple of miles from his home, Tim is working with Course Manager Andy Ewence and General Manager Richard Pennell to create a new set of forward tees, with the aim of making the course more playable for short-hitting golfers, including juniors, seniors and women.

 

The first phase of the project, which began in early March, covers holes 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12 and 15. These works were completed by the end of March, and are being handled by contractor MJ Abbott, Rainbird Irrigation as well as Ewence’s team.

 

Tim said: “Our heather restoration work at Woking has been a great success, and is set to improve the course’s environmental impact significantly. Heather is beautiful and it is the appropriate choice for a heathland course, but it is a tough and unyielding hazard for players with slow swing speeds. Therefore adding more forward tees is a sensible choice to make the course less penal for such players.”

 

Richard Pennell said: “Tim, has been our consulting architect for several years now and he really knows and understands the course well. These new tees will play an important part in enhancing Woking’s appeal to players of all standards.”

 

 

Andy Ewence, Richard Pennell and Tim Lobb on new forward tee, first hole at Woking Golf Club

Andy Ewence, Richard Pennell and Tim Lobb on new forward tee, first hole at Woking Golf Club

Written on May 27th, 2021 by Tim and stored in Uncategorized

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — Lakeland Golf Management announced that Golf Course Architecture firm Lobb + Partners has been retained as part of their team set to revitalize Waterton Lakes Golf Course — a historic 18-hole course, in southwest Alberta, owned by Parks Canada.

 

Lobb + Partners appointed to the spectacular Waterton Lakes GC

Lobb + Partners appointed to the spectacular Waterton Lakes GC

 

 

Waterton Lakes GC is a place where wildlife—deer, elk, moose, and the occasional cougar and bear roam. More than 1,400 forms of flora, many species not found anywhere else in Alberta, also call this place “where the mountains meet the prairies” home. The course dates back to 1922 when the original 9 holes were opened. To accommodate demand, a second nine was added, and on Canada Day, 1935, Waterton Lakes expanded to 18 holes. Following input from Canada’s most famous Golf Course Architect, Stanley Thompson, further course improvements were made through the 1950s.

 

Lakeland Golf Management operates 9 golf courses in Western Canada (five in Manitoba, four in Saskatchewan). Parks Canada has awarded them the Lease to manage, operate, maintain and make capital improvements to Waterton Lakes Golf Course for the next 25 years.

 

Glorious vistas playing up the 9th/ 18th holes in this Southern Alberta location

Glorious vistas playing up the 9th/ 18th holes in this Southern Alberta location

 

 

“Lakeland Golf Management is excited to work with Lobb + Partners to help revitalize this historic course for visitors and locals to enjoy for generations,” said Harry Brotchie, President, Lakeland Golf Management Inc.

 

“Our team’s approach to intelligent design and sustainability strives to maximize the positive impacts Waterton Lakes Golf Course can have on its social and environmental surroundings,” said Alex Hay, Lobb + Partners’ Canadian Partner and Design Associate. “We believe when managed properly golf courses provide many positive benefits to local environments and wider communities. A sustainable approach was part of golf in the beginning and it must be part of golf in the future. We look forward to working with Lakeland Golf Management on this exciting project.”

 

Sustainability will be at the core of all design considerations

Sustainability will be at the core of all design considerations

 

 

As part of its contribution to this long-term project, Lobb + Partners recommends: increasing the connection with the surrounding natural landscape and to helping educate golfers on the importance of protecting–and respecting–the rare flora and fauna which call the golf course home.

 

Today, the golf course remains an important attraction within Waterton Lakes National Park, and is a strong community asset. Both Lakeland Golf Management and Lobb + Partners look forward to ensuring the course is not just preserved, but enhanced, for future generations to enjoy.

 

We look forward to a long future working with Lakeland Golf Management team

We look forward to a long future working with the Lakeland Golf Management team

 

 

In addition to this project, Lakeland Golf Management has entered into an agreement with Lobb + Partners to assist, as needed, with future review, planning and design solutions for other properties in their portfolio.

 

For more information:

About Lakeland Golf Management

Lakeland Golf Management is an established golf course management company which, through the Lakeland Golf Management Group of Companies, provides design, consulting, operational and management services for a wide range of courses. Led by Harry Brotchie, a Past President of the PGA of Canada, and current President of the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada, Lakeland Golf Management team of professionals has a successful track record in creating positive golf course experiences for players and operational achievements for clients. https://www.lakelandgolfmanagement.com/

Written on April 29th, 2021 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Top Courses

 

Lobb + Partners has signed an agreement that will see it expand into another new international market, in this case South Korea. The firm was selected to be part of JM Golf Advisors, a group of golf course architects and other golf development professionals chosen to help with the design and development of sustainable, strategically interesting and player responsive golf courses. The group has been founded by experienced Korean golf development professional Mr James Park.

 

Park says: “Lobb + Partners were a natural fit for our group as they have a long history of designing and opening very successful golf courses that golfers have enjoyed around the world. We have a number of projects being considered at present and we welcome the addition of their valuable design knowledge and skill.”

 

LOBB + PARTNERS expand into South Korea

LOBB + PARTNERS expand into South Korea

 

Tim Lobb added: “Covid-19 has made us explore new options, and so we have taken the chance to review our business and set long term goals. This move fits perfectly in that context, plus it has long been a goal for me to return to work in Asia – where I started my career in the mid 1990s with Ted Parslow in Malaysia.”

 

We look forward to working with existing clubs and creating new courses in South Korea

We look forward to working with existing clubs and creating new courses in South Korea

 

JM Golf Advisor’s website can be found at www.jmgolfadvisor.com

 

To view Korean videos of LOBB + PARTNERS click below:

(1) LOBB + PARTNERS – 기업 비디오 – YouTube

(1) 골프 코스 마스터기획에 대한 통찰력 — LOBB + PARTNERS: 골프 코스 아키텍트 – YouTube

(1) 팀 롭 골프 디자인 사업의 25년을 비추다 – YouTube

(1) 작업 LOBB + PARTNERS – 고객의 관점 – YouTube

 

 

Written on April 20th, 2021 by Tim and stored in Our projects, Tim Lobb

In the words of The Preferred Lie:

 

Pender Harbour “feels home made at times, and then expertly crafted at others… and it has a sense of place that is hard to put into words.” At least 6 of the 9 green sites are stellar. It boasts one of the most polarizing holes we’ve ever seen (the 4th). Its backdrop is truly world class (for those in the UK … think Portsalon).

 

Often times we found ourselves asking “Why doesn’t Canada know about this place?” As we get older, golf is less about chasing lists and more about sharing unique experiences. For those chasing golf therapy, zen and quiet.

 

Pender Harbour stands out. On this chilly January day, we had the opportunity to play PH with Alex Hay (Lobb + Partners) and Allan Dewald (Course Superintendent). We also had a great chat with Darlene Selander (Pro Shop Manager) about her golf pro journey and how she ended up at Pender.

 

 

Watch the sensational video by clicking link below

Watch the sensational video by clicking link below

 

Way Out West: Pender Harbour – YouTube

 

To learn more about The Preferred Lie see: Top 100 Golf Courses | The Preferred Lie

 

We look forward to keeping you updated of our work to Pender Harbour Golf Club over the coming months/ years.

 

Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb – LOBB + PARTNERS: British Columbia, Canada.

Written on February 26th, 2021 by Tim and stored in Top Courses, Travels

On Thursday 18th February we held our second in an ongoing series of Webinars concerning various design and sustainability topics.

 

For this webinar we were curious to dig deeper and learn why and how the best golf clubs and courses continue to seek improvements to their facilities.

 

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Our expert panellists included:

Wayne Sheffield, President + General Manager (Isleworth Golf & Country Club – USA)

Gary Peddie, Secretary + General Manager, (St George’s Hill Golf Club – UK)

Padraic O’ Rourke, Assistant Director of Golf, (Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club – Canada)

 

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We thank the fantastic panellists for their time and expert opinions on this and other matters. For the audience from Canada, USA, UK and Europe the 70 minutes of discussion were most enlightening.

 

What became obvious is that these clubs always prepare well in advance before any design or renovation works were undertaken. Also that they always called in the professionals to assist with all projects including golf course architects, agronomists and specialised golf contractors.

 

Also what was interesting was the long term planning and vision undertaken by these clubs – sometimes looking twenty years into the future.

 

Continual improvement for their members and guests is definitely a key driver for these golf management professionals.

 

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If you would like to view the recording of this or our first webinar please get in touch. Also if you would like to be informed of our next quarterly webinar in May come and say hi.

Tim L, Alex and Oliver

Written on February 21st, 2021 by Tim and stored in Tim Lobb

We are proud to be completing the third and final phase of our bunker and heathland landscape restoration project at Worplesdon Golf Club.

Since first starting on the project a few years back we have always been excited to restore the famous horse shoe bunker that surrounds the famous par three green on hole thirteen.

 

The original horse shoe bunker

The original horse shoe bunker

 

Working with specialised golf contractor Frank Lovell and Course Manager, Paul Robinson and the greenkeeping team we have managed to restore the horse shoe effect around this green and added supplementary heather along the way.

 

Works to the 13th hole was completed in early January 21. Bunker sand to go in soon.

Works to the 13th hole were completed in early January 21. Bunker sand to go in soon.

 

Bravo to the Club for respecting their history and restoring this important feature.

We are proud and very pleased to have completed the entire bunker and heathland restoration project with this esteemed golf course.

Tim L.

 

Written on February 19th, 2021 by Tim and stored in Golf News, Tim Lobb

Tribute from EIGCA website
 

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

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