For golf courses architects…travel to work

I received in today’s mail a summary from Tom Doak’s office of their design and potential design jobs  in 2012.

Selfishly from an international travel perspective the future is bright;

Melbourne, Australia – Reconstruction work on East Course at Royal Melbourne

Rio de Janiero, Brazil – Bidding on 2016 Olympic golf venue…thankfully that will not be a political decision!

Hainan Island, China – New golf course on an island in the midst of a river, with a second course starting in late spring/early summer

Mangawhai, New Zealand – As if Cape Kidnappers was not sufficient, an American funded project approximately 100 miles north of Auckland. This will only add to New Zealand as a great golf destination.

St. Emillion, France – In the heart of Bordeaux, finishing a current project.

Aldea del Fresno, Madrid, Spain – An 18 hole co-design with Mike Clayton at the El Rincon winery – starting in July.

….and finally in the USA

Mullen, Nebraska – completion of second 18 holes at Dismal River

Medinah, Chicago, IL – the day after the Ryder Cup concludes a renovation commences on Medinah #1 to accommodate tournament facilities

Polk County, Florida – this is the resort I am told will be VERY IMPRESSIVE. The Blue Course opens in October, alongside the Coore/Crenshaw Red Course at the Streamsong Resort.

Tom is one of the premier golf course architects and rightfully very proud of his work. There is little new construction in the US, if you want to work, you need to pack your bags and passport!
 

About the Author: Gordon Dalgleish is the Co-Founding Director of PerryGolf, the leading provider of international golf vacations. You can find him on Google+

World Cup of Golf Finds a New Home in China

The World Cup of Golf has been moved from the Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, to a new home in Southern China.  From 2011, it’s going to be held at the fantastic new Mission Hills resort in Hainan Island, which boasts a remarkable 22 courses.   The event, will take place biennially – on the Blackstone Course -meaning it won’t clash with golf at the Olympics, which makes its long awaited return in 2016 when the Games are held in Rio De Janeiro.  

The switching of the venue to Hainan Island is set to enhance Mission Hills’s plan for global domination, as it wouldn’t surprise me to see one of the World Golf Championships – the WGC-HSBC Champions – moved from Shanghai to Shenzhen in the next few years.   Watch this space…

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By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our agents responsible for our China programmes.