Our range of Services
The nowadays’s needs of the game of golf are at the heart of everything we undertake. We audit all projects against global standards, while developing bespoke strategies that drive our environmental agenda.
We offer golf architecture consultancy within a wide range of services from new course design, major renovation or targeted restoration of existing ones, plus our unique acupuncture approach always in sustainable contest.
Expertise built working internationally (UK,France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland and Italy) on ew projects and the renovation of some of the finest English golf courses and Open championship courses.
What we do.
GOLF COURSE REPORTS AND AUDITS
Course reports are tailored to the individual needs of golf clubs. At the first meeting with the client, we go through the existing issues, the course’s potential and the club’s expectation of growth.
We visit the course for a number of days to get to know the course and the client: we take pictures, draw sketches and analyse the different items and aspects of the course.
We then write a report document in which we determine the range of problems, analyse the areas of concern and highlight improvements to be made. We explain with images, plans and sketches how to solve problems and how to make the most of the existing golf course.
GOLF COURSE ASSESSMENT
'Golf Course Report' for health and safety purpose, or our consultancy service of assessment to evaluate the suitability of any golf course for women with the ‘Ladies Report’: a document from the female point of view complete with sketches and suggestions for the Club to improve women’s playability.
DESIGN NEW GOLF COURSES
We follow a structured approach to designing and realising high-quality golf courses, starting with a SWOT analysis and a feasibility study to investigate the proposed site. The feasibility study discusses the suitability of the land for golf, the analysis of existing landforms, slopes, soil, drainage, the constraints on design and construction, building methods, a full estimate of cost, and a programme of work.
The next stage is to draw up the initial golf course layout plan. This gives a good indication of the overall length and standard of the course and an estimate of costs.
Following this, a full set of working drawings is produced for site clearance, earth movement, drainage, preparation, seeding and tree planting. Detailed contoured drawings are produced of each green, tee, and bunker, all prepared from an accurate topographical survey. Detailed scaled drawing are designed for contractors to build the earthworks with accuracy.
We also prepare written documents to accompany the drawings, such as specifications, a bill of quantities and a tender contract. These documents explain in detail the materials to be used, the method of construction, the input of the project agronomist, and all the other information that is essential for both the construction of the course and the accurate tendering of the contract price.
We then carry out a detailed examination of tenders, and recommend the appointment of the contractor. To ensure that the construction is carried out in accordance with the proposal, we make regular visits to the site. The number of visits is agreed with the club beforehand.
MAJOR RENOVATION AND RESTORATION PROJECTS OF EXISTING GOLF COURSES
We conduct bespoke restoration projects on existing golf courses. Our approach is respectful, especially on historic sites. Our restoration projects begin with a briefing by the club, followed by a site visit and an analysis.
Our restorations are informed by a deep understanding of the history and geomorphology of the site, the original design philosophy and style, and by the issues that arise from our visits or that are highlighted by the club.
Often, courses become old, neglected or obsolete for today’s standards; after all, the game has seen considerable changes in recent years. The most obvious change is the increased distances that elite or low handicap players hit the ball. Bunkers and hazards must, therefore, be reviewed and altered to ensure that the course is suitable for better players whilst allowing less able players more room to enjoy and improve themselves. We see green design and construction as part of this approach.
In other cases, the problems lie in Health and Safety issues, or our projects involve tree/shrub
management, a bunker renovation, practice area creation/improvement, or the creative design of green’s putting surface and green surrounds.
‘Depending on the situation, we create a detailed course plan of improvements that can be phased in to allow a smarter use of the club’s resources.’
Once the concept plan has been finalised, the detailed design will be carried out and scaled drawings will be prepared from a topographical survey to assist construction.
Whether the club opts for its own greenkeeping team and/or a selected specialised contractor, we closely follow the construction phase.