Introducing Westenborg Golf course architecture
Marc Westenborg was originally a quantity surveyor, before returning to college to study golf course management. During this time, he worked as a greenkeeper at Gleneagles and The Oxfordshire before spending a year in America working in golf course construction.
This combination of experience and qualifications landed him a job with Hawtree Ltd for whom he worked for 14 years before setting up Westenborg Golf Design.
Highlights of Marc’s career include the 27-hole Dun Laoghaire GC in Ireland, which was voted number 1 Parkland golf course in Ireland by various golfing bodies in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Additionally, Rockliffe Hall GC in the UK hosted the English Senior Open in 2013 and 2014 as well as the Trilby Tour and was also featured on the TV show, “How do they do that” during its construction.
High profile renovation projects include Dooks, Blainroe and Cork GC in Ireland, Southport & Ainsdale (venue of two Ryder Cups) Ipswich (Purdis Heath), Moor Park, West Herts in the UK and overseas, Zagaleta Golf Resort in Spain and the Hong Kong Golf Club
Marc Westenborg, is a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and is on the golf course sustainability register (Raising the Standard of Sustainable golf Course Design). It is a qualification that proves an in-depth knowledge of environmentally sensitive golf course design, construction and maintenance.
Finally, as an additional “string to his bow”, Marc is a qualified Project Manager with certificates in the Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner project management qualifications.
Marc is married with two teenage sons, has a handicap of 12, is a keen squash player and a supporter of Watford and Stoke Football Clubs.
Westenborg Golf course architecture
New 18 Hole Golf Courses
From the very first meeting to the opening tee shot, Westenborg Golf project manages the entire golf course design and construction process.
We work independently but have formed close relationships with all the necessary consultants world-wide that make up the team required to ensure a top quality and therefore successful golf facility.
Course audit & development plans
A golf courses never stop evolving, growing and improving, whether they are well established facilities or relatively new. Westenborg Golf prepares development masterplans/audit reports that describe and illustrate in detail measures that will improve upon the visual and strategic elements of the golf course.
We have carried out over 50 such plans and more often than not, we find that if the recommendations are carried out, existing members are retained, new members generated, maintenance regimes are eased and the overall long-term sustainability of the golf course ensured.
Renovation / restoration / remodelling
The implementation of recommendations outlined in our development masterplans can be an equally complex and evolved process to that of designing new golf courses. Depending upon the size or complexity of renovation, not only are the various golf consultants and constructors required with new-builds still needed, but we must also work closely with the golf clubs committee/board as well as the maintenance crew.
It does not matter whether it is the construction of a single bunker or the renovation of all 18-greens, it is always a team effort.
Practice facilities/Par 3 courses/Pitch & Putt
A top-quality practice facility adds great value to golf courses and the future of the game. These can take the form of a driving range, putting, chipping and bunker greens, a pitching range and a Par 3 or pitch & putt golf course. Ideally a golf club should have all these features but more often than not, space is not available. However, although on occasion it may require some adjustments to the existing layout, it can be surprising how many of these features can be accommodated.
Westenborg Golf Design can help the golf club achieve these aims.
Golf Club relocations
Dun Laoghaire GC in Ireland, designed by Marc Westenborg, was a relocation project. The existing golf course relocated to a more spacious site close by, and the existing site developed into real estate. Westenborg Golf is also involved with a similar project in the UK and this “relocation of inner city golf club's" concept, is becoming more common as the need for housing grows and external boundary pressures around golf courses increase.
We guide the client through this process, including feasibility studies of the new land and introductions to developers.
Inert soil importation
Recently, Westenborg Golf have been involved with soil importation projects. If carried out correctly, soil importation provides unique opportunities for golf club's to improve their course and practice facilities, while at the same time generating significant income. The whole process is complicated and is a team effort between the golf course architect, client, planning and environmental consultants, as well a soil importation contractor.
Westenborg Golf will project manage the whole process.