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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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Stone Valley opens third nine from Brian Curley
Schmidt-Curley Design
News | Fri 12 Aug, 2022

Stone Valley opens third nine from Brian Curley

Karst rock formations and dense jungle serve as backdrops for new holes at Vietnam resort

New PGA Garden course at PGA NovaWorld Phan Thiet opens for play
PGA NovaWorld/Air Swing 2022
News | Mon 04 Jul, 2022

New PGA Garden course at PGA NovaWorld Phan Thiet opens for play

Greg Norman’s design firm completes two-course project as part of huge development in Vietnam

Paul Albanese collaborates with KJ Choi for new Vietnam course
Albanese & Lutzke
News | Wed 15 Jun, 2022

Paul Albanese collaborates with KJ Choi for new Vietnam course

Construction of second layout at Amber Hills resort scheduled to begin in October

First nine of new 27-hole Cape Verde project opens for play
Viveiro Golf Course
News | Fri 01 Apr, 2022

First nine of new 27-hole Cape Verde project opens for play

Italian agronomist Fulvio Bani designs Viveiro layout on the desert island of Sal

Redesigned Aurora International course to open next month
Leo Diaz Design
News | Thu 24 Mar, 2022

Redesigned Aurora International course to open next month

Greg Norman team completes work on Anguilla layout, with new short course to follow in summer

South course construction progresses at Rose Canyon in Vietnam
Nicklaus Design
News | Mon 21 Mar, 2022

South course construction progresses at Rose Canyon in Vietnam

Work advances on first of two Nicklaus Design courses for BRG Group development in Ha Nam

Vingroup selects design team for new courses at Ha Long Bay
istock
News | Tue 01 Mar, 2022

Vingroup selects design team for new courses at Ha Long Bay

Vietnam’s largest conglomerate will work with Clayton, DeVries & Pont on 36-hole project

New Faldo course in Pakistan set for official opening
Faldo Design
News | Wed 23 Feb, 2022

New Faldo course in Pakistan set for official opening

Rumanza layout has three distinct sections, characterised by desert, trees and water

Pickala Golf targets 2024 opening for new par-three course
Tilander Golf Design
News | Wed 02 Feb, 2022

Pickala Golf targets 2024 opening for new par-three course

Finnish club appoints Lassi Pekka Tilander to design nine-hole layout called the Rock

Two new courses to open at Costa Navarino in February 2022
Fabian Sixt
News | Thu 25 Nov, 2021

Two new courses to open at Costa Navarino in February 2022

José María Olazábal layouts are located in the Navarino Hills development at the Greek resort.

Faldo Design breaks ground on new course in northeast Vietnam
Faldo Design
News | Mon 01 Nov, 2021

Faldo Design breaks ground on new course in northeast Vietnam

Water will play a key role in the back nine of the Silk Path Dong Trieu layout.

Tilander Golf Design plans new six-hole short course in Estonia
Tilander Golf Design
News | Mon 01 Nov, 2021

Tilander Golf Design plans new six-hole short course in Estonia

Lassi Tilander aims to create fun and playable par-three layout for Rae Golf.

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.

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MAGAZINE

The July 2022 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!
Magazine, News | Tue 19 Jul, 2022

The July 2022 issue of Golf Course Architecture is out now!

Our cover features the seventeenth hole at Vidauban, which has been revitalised by the RTJ II firm

Gopher Watch Competition – July 2022
Gopher Watch, News | Adam Lawrence

Gopher Watch Competition – July 2022

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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