Construction advances at Faldo Design project in Pakistan

  • Rumanza

    Construction is under way of a new golf course in Pakistan, designed by Faldo Design

  • Rumanza

    The Rumanza course is being built on flat land that was used for agriculture

  • Rumanza

    Tractors and trailers have been used for earthmoving

Richard Humphreys
By Richard Humphreys

Construction is advancing on the new Rumanza golf course by Faldo Design in Multan, Pakistan.

The layout is part of a new 9,000-acre community by the Defence Housing Authority — with Multan being one of the localities in Pakistan that DHA has selected for development.

“This is a vast development on land that has historically been used for agriculture, and is rather flat,” said Andy Haggar, lead architect at Faldo Design. “On part of the site, fruits — notably mangoes and oranges — used to be grown, while elsewhere the land was used for cereal crops.

“The development will be a key centre of excellence for golf in Pakistan and a Sir Nick Faldo signature project. This is our premium design service and includes a great deal of personal attention from Nick himself, as well as the involvement of our friends at the Golf Environment Organization, who are working with us to ensure the project is designed and built to internationally recognised environmental and sustainability standards.”

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“Any design has to work with the local environment and obviously on a flat site that can be difficult to find,” said Haggar. “From my first visit, I latched on to the ‘deras’ – vernacular mud brick dwellings, surrounded by walls which form a courtyard. The walls are rendered with the same mud mix, so you don’t see the bricks. These were dotted around the site, and I immediately thought ‘we have to use these’. The golf course is mostly cut into the ground, so will provide a quarry-type setting for a number of holes. Elsewhere the golf course will further utilise the natural sand to give more of a desert feel, with an area of retained fruit trees providing a third playing environment.

“Once we had scraped off the top surface of material we found pure sand that seems to go on forever. That’s why we chose a linksy shaping theme, and hence the revetted bunkers. Obviously given the location, it is a warm season turf project, and it’s difficult to revet satisfactorily in warm season grasses, or at least I’ve never seen it done well, which is why we got Ecobunker involved. The bunkers will not be wholly revetted – I want a revetted edge in the line of play and grassy edges elsewhere, and there are also waste areas that are edged with Ecobunker.”

Ecobunker founder and CEO Richard Allen said: “We are supplying material to contractor Desert Group and their subcontractors, and also providing training. Construction manager Llewelyn Matthews will go out to Pakistan in November to coincide with Sir Nick’s next visit, spending a week there building several bunkers of different shapes and sizes, to train the team.”