Environment

 

As golf course architects, we have wide ranging considerations for the natural environment of the property. There are a number of questions concerning certain 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.

Awards

Excellence In Compliance Award Winner Winner
Excellence in Compliance Award
Royal Wellington Golf Club

Publications

The Evolution of the Old Course St Andrews
The Evolution of the Old Course
by Scott Macpherson

More information about St. Andrews

Golf's Royal Clubs Golf's Royal Clubs
by Scott Macpherson

More Information about Golf's Royal Clubs

testimonials

"RWGC set out to build the best club golf course in New Zealand and to be one that golfers from all around the world will travel to play. We are confident that ambition is being realized."

Peter Cutfield, Chairman, Royal Wellington Golf Club, NZ