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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"When I was looking for a golf architect I wanted someone who would understand the landscape and have the flair to design a course of the highest quality in terms of; aesthetics, a player's and playing perspective; being practical in terms of forward maintenance; and to bring the construction in on time and on budget. Scott is that man! And what's more he brings competence and professionalism and an easy management style and enthusiasm that is infectious and at no extra charge – a little bit of magic to it all!"

Derek Young, Chairman Kersewell Resort Group, Scotland, UK.