As golf course architects, there are a number of questions concerning environmental issues which should be addressed during the siting, review, design and construction phases.

It is ideal if the golf course architect can be involved in the selection of land ‘suitable for golf’. Poor site selection can result in significant environmental degredation and excessive construction costs. It this is not possible, then the golf course architect can help avoid these issues and more if they are involved in the master planning stage of the project.

A summary of critical site information which may impact on environmental issues is;

  • Topography – areas of sensitive and steep slopes
  • Water bodies and drainage patterns
  • Wetland location and characteristics
  • Locations of flood plains
  • Surface and sub-surface water availability
  • Soil survey
  • Classification / identification of vegetation cover
  • Classification / identification of wildlife habitat
  • Historic or archaeological sites of significance
  • Assessment of adjacent land and catchment areas


We aim to:

1. Route the golf course to best utilise the terrain.
2. Enhance the natural environment.
3. Embrace the natural features of the property.
4. Create course which are economically and environmentally sustainable.

The success of a golf facility can be measured by the relationship between a golf course and the environment in which it sits. Our pledge is to ensure that the golf course is in harmony with its natural surroundings.


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"Scott is a very good course designer and it's interesting to go around a course and see what he sees. I have my own ideas about courses and the way they should look, but listening to somebody like Scott, who has a lot of experience, makes you appreciate how much more there is to take into account when you are designing one."

Lee Westwood, CH Magazine, 2014.