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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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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.

Gary Player Design completes new layout for Kigali Golf Club
Kigali Golf Club
News | Fri 05 Mar, 2021

Gary Player Design completes new layout for Kigali Golf Club

Phil Jacobs replaces existing holes and adds nine in Rwandan capital.

Agustin Pizá revisits ‘pit’ concept for private community layout in Mexico
Piza Golf
News | Thu 11 Feb, 2021

Agustin Pizá revisits ‘pit’ concept for private community layout in Mexico

Architect plans multi-purpose complex with sprawling green for waste area in Valle de Bravo.

Abdullah Kamakhi on track to become Saudi Arabia’s first golf course architect
Golf Saudi
News | Tue 26 Jan, 2021

Abdullah Kamakhi on track to become Saudi Arabia’s first golf course architect

Former landscape designer will undertake two-year course at the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Third nine by IMG opens at Hilltop Valley in Vietnam
IMG
News | Thu 21 Jan, 2021

Third nine by IMG opens at Hilltop Valley in Vietnam

New holes have been laid out on “extremely hilly site with dramatic changes in elevation”.

New course by Pacific Coast Design opens at Haldi Golf County in India
Haldi Golf County
News | Wed 06 Jan, 2021

New course by Pacific Coast Design opens at Haldi Golf County in India

Country’s first riverside layout has been built alongside a residential development and hotel.

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The July 2021 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!
Magazine, News | Tue 20 Jul, 2021

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

Our cover features the tenth hole of the newly-restored South course at Oakland Hills.

Gopher Watch Competition – July 2021
GCA
Gopher Watch, News | Adam Lawrence

Gopher Watch Competition – July 2021

Which course has Sandy the gopher visited this month?

FEATURE
ARTICLES

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.

Mill Creek Golf Club: A kaleidoscope of options
Opinion | Ross McMurray

Mill Creek Golf Club: A kaleidoscope of options

A new golf course in Russia has been designed to be played in a multitude of ways. 

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