Monthly Archives: February 2013

How important is a Golf Course Routing?

A Golf Architect is a bit of a jack of all trades – you need to know a lot about golf, master planning, drainage and civil’s, landscape architecture, Irrigation, agronomy, construction, project management and have good people skills. Whilst a jack of … Continue reading

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Grass Selection

When working on a new design the question of which grass to use is always a pertinent one and discussed early in the process. On any redesign / renovation / restoration project it is discussed to a lesser extent albeit not uncommon … Continue reading

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Kikuyu Grass @ Riviera CC

To follow on from my previous post….I like the Riviera CC a lot, I really do, but I wonder how effective these run off areas around a few of the greens are? Most times the idea of having tightly mown areas (cut … Continue reading

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Riviera Country Club and the man who designed it

My last few blogs / tweets have been focused primarily on the European tour stops – those in the Middle East and South Africa. Yes I know you can hardly call it the European tour these days given how little golf is … Continue reading

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Colonel S.V. Hotchkin – Golf Architect

It is fitting given that the European Tour is heading down to East London, a sleepy coastal city with an impressive golf course – East London GC, that I should write about one of my favourite golf architects and one … Continue reading

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The Joburg Open

Most people will be watching golf out of Pebble Beach this weekend (and who can blame them). I wont be, rather I am more interested in the co-sanctioned European Tour / Sunshine Tour event down in South Africa. Don’t get me wrong I think … Continue reading

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A Sense of Place

When I play golf in the desert I want to feel like I am in the desert…….. It seems the best and most loved golf courses have a ‘real sense of place’. They sit harmoniously in their surroundings as if … Continue reading

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Working in a Foreign Environment

Surely if you love what you do where you work does not matter? Golf as we know it has become a universal game. Heck, there are over 55 golf courses in Iceland!! Most African countries have a golf course or … Continue reading

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