Westenborg Golf Services
New 18-hole golf courses
Pictured below is the earthworks designs for Rockliffe Hall Golf Club, constructed 10 years ago. It was laid out on a floodplain therefore the proposed contouring (in red) is not just the new shape of the land, but also the result of a highly complex process working with the environmental agency and engineers, to ensure the storage capacity of the floodplain is not compromised.
This is a good example of how the design of a new 18-hole golf course, if carried out properly to ensure optimum results, is never a straight-forward process.
There are always challenges and complications that must be dealt with and more often than not, the work is a team effort between the owner, architect (clubhouse and golf course), agronomists, irrigation consultants, planning consultants, environmental consultants, the constructor and many many more. The actual design of the golf course in terms of bunker positioning or shape of the greens, forms a surprising small part of the overall remit of a golf course architect.
To date, Westenborg Golf Design has designed five new full 18-hole golf courses all of which posed their own unique challenges and all of which have proven to be a resounding success.
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.