Paul Jansen: Golf Architect and Global Traveler

"The world is yours to explore"

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 Pebble Beach is a memorable golf course and great test of golf. It has some […]

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 they had been there for an eternity. They certainly don’t look out of place. Think […]

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 two…even places like Papua New Guinea has golf courses. I cant think of another sport, […]

The Travelling Golf Architect

My work has taken me across the globe. I have visited every continent barring South America, have lived permanently in 5 countries and worked in many more. Yes, I am very lucky to have been too so many wonderful places and have learnt a copious amount from each of these experiences but it is not […]

My first Blog

I have always wanted to express my thoughts on golf course architecture or macro landscape design (as I sometimes refer to it) and this blog affords me this opportunity. My hope is that I can comprehensively detail my thoughts on golf course architecture based on the places I have worked and the people I have […]