Golf Course Architecture - Issue 66, October 2021

43 La Cala Resort, located between Málaga and Marbella in southern Spain, has reopened its Europa course following renovation work. The final phase of the project at the resort saw Europa’s greens and bunkers worked on. Following their completion, all 54 holes at La Cala have now been renovated, with the America course finished in 2018 and the Asia layout in 2019. Europa’s greens were transformed to bermuda in August 2020, while this summer’s work included new bunkering and the renovation of existing bunkers with a focus on aesthetics and consistency. There have also been small design changes with some bunker sizes reduced and other bunkers removed. Photo: La Cala Resort Europa renovation completes 54-hole project at La Cala Construction work is now complete on two new 18-hole courses, designed by Greg Norman Golf Course Design, at PGA NovaWorld Phan Thiet in Vietnam. Work on the 7,400-yard Ocean layout was finished in April 2021, with the 7,100-yard Garden course following this summer. “We designed two distinctly different golf courses,” said Chris Campbell, senior vice president of Greg Norman’s design firm. “The Ocean course has a very natural look and feel and will test the best players in the world on any given day. The Garden course is a more manicured, parkland style course that is fun, but challenging in its own right. Both give a nod to the sandbelt of Australia.” The Garden course is expected to open in November 2021. Photo: Novaland Group Construction complete on two new courses in Vietnam Singapore Island Country Club has unveiled 27 new holes designed by Australian golf architect Graham Marsh, on the site of its previous 18-hole New course. The club has gone from four 18-hole courses to two 18-hole courses (Bukit and Island) plus the new 27-hole layout. The new 27-hole course will be playable in three combinations to form an 18-hole round and will collectively retain the New course name. “While the Millennium and Peirce nines are a mix of well- balanced holes with similar terrain, creek crossings, lakes, reservoir views and strategic challenge, the Forest nine exists in its private environment with a number of ‘risk and reward’ holes which establishes its notoriety for golfers for all proficiencies,” said Marsh. Photo: Singapore Island CC Singapore Island unveils new 27-hole course by Graham Marsh