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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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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.

Sentosa GC reopens renovated Serapong course
Sentosa Golf Club
News | Mon 04 Jan, 2021

Sentosa GC reopens renovated Serapong course

Club’s resident architect Andrew Johnston completes overhaul of SMBC Singapore Open venue.

Edwin Roald introduces new holes at Thorlákshöfn
Edwin Roald
News | Thu 17 Dec, 2020

Edwin Roald introduces new holes at Thorlákshöfn

Architect’s new routing designed to address concerns over difficulty and pace of play.

Lido-inspired course in Thailand set for August 2021 opening
Ban Rakat Club
News | Wed 25 Nov, 2020

Lido-inspired course in Thailand set for August 2021 opening

Gil Hanse’s layout for Ban Rakat Club’s new Ballyshear Golf Links is inspired by renowned lost course.

Vattanac Golf Resort opens second layout by Faldo Design
Vattanac Golf Resort
News | Thu 19 Nov, 2020

Vattanac Golf Resort opens second layout by Faldo Design

The West course integrates features that celebrate the culture of Cambodia.

New Ankara layout opens for preview play
Tim Lobb
News | Wed 21 Oct, 2020

New Ankara layout opens for preview play

Lobb designs minimalist layout on rolling landscape with long vistas across site to Turkish capital.

Construction under way on second nine at Las Piedras in Uruguay
Thad Layton
News | Tue 20 Oct, 2020

Construction under way on second nine at Las Piedras in Uruguay

Palmer’s Thad Layton routes new holes to connect existing nine to new hotel.

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô unveils extra par-three hole from Faldo Design
Laguna Golf Lăng Cô
News | Wed 16 Sep, 2020

Laguna Golf Lăng Cô unveils extra par-three hole from Faldo Design

Nineteenth hole plays along the coast and features views of the beach and mountain backdrop.

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The April 2021 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!
Magazine, News | Thu 15 Apr, 2021

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

Bill Coore’s new short course at Barnbougle in Australia features on the cover.

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

Gopher Watch Competition – January 2021

Which course has Sandy the gopher visited this month?

FEATURE
ARTICLES

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. 

Curley’s new Burma course “promotes fast conditions”
Interview | Sean Dudley

Curley’s new Burma course “promotes fast conditions”

Myotha National near Mandalay is expected to open within three months.

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