Jansen brings Himalayas-inspired designs to Toronto

  • Donalda
    Jansen Golf Group

    The practice area at Donalda Club features mounds and swales inspired by the Himalayas putting course at St Andrews

Amber Hickman
By Amber Hickman

The Donalda Club in Toronto, Canada, has opened a new practice area designed by Jansen Golf Group. Inspired by the Himalayas putting course at St Andrews, Donalda’s new green and chipping area features pronounced mounds and swales. 

“By identifying the most likable features of a Himalayas green through technology, the Jansen team has developed an approach that maximises space and packs in as many of these key features as possible,” said Rob Gavarkovs, architect at Jansen Golf Group. 

The design firm, led by architect Paul Jansen, has used a mix of artificial and real turf for the green, which is in a shaded location next to the clubhouse. “Lately, the members have been coming off their rounds, grabbing a drink and heading straight out to the Himalayas to have some fun and settle some bets,” said head pro Andrew McCarthy. 

Donalda’s green is the second of three Himalayas-inspired designs in the city created by Jansen Golf Group. The first at Cedar Brae in Toronto having been met with widespread member approval and a third is planned for TPC Toronto. 

This article first appeared in the July 2023 issue of Golf Course Architecture. For a printed subscription or free digital edition, please visit our subscriptions page