EMERGING
GOLF MARKETS

From its origins in Scotland, and early twentieth century expansion in Western Europe and the United States, golf continues to reach new markets throughout the world. Newer markets, including China, elsewhere in Asia, plus North Africa and the Middle East, have their own unique considerations for golf course development.

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Construction continues on Iraq’s first golf course
Golf International
News | Wed 27 Oct, 2021

Construction continues on Iraq’s first golf course

Cynthia Dye McGarey routes Erbil layout through valley with meandering stream and lakes.

Ballyshear Golf Links in Thailand opens for member play
Ban Rakat Club
News | Thu 14 Oct, 2021

Ballyshear Golf Links in Thailand opens for member play

Gil Hanse’s layout for Ban Rakat Club is inspired by Macdonald and Raynor’s Lido Golf Club.

Dirab Golf & Country Club reopens following renovation
Golf Saudi
News | Fri 24 Sep, 2021

Dirab Golf & Country Club reopens following renovation

Golf Saudi oversees redevelopment of both the course and club facilities.

Construction complete on two new courses in Vietnam
Novaland Group
News | Fri 20 Aug, 2021

Construction complete on two new courses in Vietnam

Designs by Greg Norman form part of a huge development project in Phan Thiet.

Singapore Island unveils new 27-hole course by Graham Marsh
Singapore Island CC
News | Wed 04 Aug, 2021

Singapore Island unveils new 27-hole course by Graham Marsh

The Millennium, Peirce and Forest nines can be played in three 18-hole combinations.

New Binh Tien course in Vietnam to open in autumn 2021
Golfplan
News | Fri 23 Jul, 2021

New Binh Tien course in Vietnam to open in autumn 2021

Golfplan layout will be the centrepiece of a resort development located near the city of Cam Ranh.

Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay set for major bunker renovation
Capillary Bunkers
News | Thu 22 Jul, 2021

Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay set for major bunker renovation

Harley Kruse will use systems from Capillary Bunkers and EcoBunker after success on previous project.

First nine of new Yas Acres course to open in September
Ron Downs
News | Wed 07 Jul, 2021

First nine of new Yas Acres course to open in September

Fry/Straka layout in Abu Dhabi includes a 30-foot-high ridge that plays a role in every hole.

Greg Norman-designed Aurora International to open in November 2021
Aurora Anguilla
News | Wed 30 Jun, 2021

Greg Norman-designed Aurora International to open in November 2021

Anguilla’s only golf course is being renovated, part of a transformation of the entire resort.

Construction begins on new golf course by Jeff Howes in Romania
Jeff Howes
News | Fri 18 Jun, 2021

Construction begins on new golf course by Jeff Howes in Romania

Layout on site of former orchard is defined by two valleys that run through site.

New Aquella course in Thailand to open in August
Pacific Coast Design
News | Thu 17 Jun, 2021

New Aquella course in Thailand to open in August

PCD layout near Phuket features timber-faced bunkers and views of the Andaman Sea.

Nelson & Haworth leads 36-hole renovation in the Philippines
Nelson & Haworth
News | Thu 20 May, 2021

Nelson & Haworth leads 36-hole renovation in the Philippines

Project at Mimosa golf complex includes rerouting to create land for a new shopping centre.

Construction begins on new nine-hole Stirling & Martin course in Paraguay
Stirling & Martin
News | Fri 26 Mar, 2021

Construction begins on new nine-hole Stirling & Martin course in Paraguay

First stage of 27 holes planned for 1,400-hectare development in Asuncion.

Work turns to back nine on new Nicklaus course in Vietnam
Don Page
News | Thu 11 Mar, 2021

Work turns to back nine on new Nicklaus course in Vietnam

Design team uses site’s natural rock as a feature throughout the round.

LATEST
MAGAZINE

The October 2021 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!
Magazine, News | Tue 19 Oct, 2021

The October 2021 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!

Our cover features the first hole of the new St Patrick’s Links course at Rosapenna.

Gopher Watch Competition – October 2021
Gopher Watch, News | Adam Lawrence

Gopher Watch Competition – October 2021

Which course has Sandy the gopher visited this month?

FEATURE
ARTICLES

From Wausa to the world
Dan Blankenship
Opinion | Addison DeHaven

From Wausa to the world

Addison DeHaven discusses the career of Dan Blankenship, designer of 18 golf courses in Brazil.

Grand sand designs
Istockphoto.com
Feature | Toby Ingleton

Grand sand designs

Toby Ingleton finds out about the origins of the game in Saudi Arabia, and what the future holds.

Ayla Oasis: Dealing with extremes
Opinion | Joe Betulius

Ayla Oasis: Dealing with extremes

Joe Betulius discusses how Profile Products helped to establish the Greg Norman layout in Jordan.

“Brazil isn’t exactly the Mecca of golf”
Interview | Richard Humphreys

“Brazil isn’t exactly the Mecca of golf”

Claudio Golombek talks about golf development in Brazil and his short layout at Golf Ville Resort.

Twin Dolphin Golf Club: Natural selection
On site | Adam Lawrence

Twin Dolphin Golf Club: Natural selection

Todd Eckenrode’s naturalistic approach has paid dividends for the new layout in Mexico, as Adam Lawrence reports.

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