Golf Course Architecture: Issue 55 - January 2019

Progolf Construction is currently working on the new Ombria course in Portugal, designed by Jorge Santana da Silva Photo: Ombria Resort – 69 So the arrival of a another new golf property is something to be thankful for. If investors think a new proposition is worth it, that suggests business must be pretty good for the guys out there at the moment. For the golfers too; who doesn’t enjoy the whole process of trying a new venue. Finnish property developer Ilpo Kokkilia, founder and current chairman of SRV, one of the country’s largest development firms, has owned the property that Ombria is being developed on for close to two decades, through his company Pontos. About five miles north of the town of Loulé, itself about a half hour’s drive from the Algarvian capital, Faro, the site, formerly a fruit farm, is centred on a river valley, surrounded by hills. Pontos hired veteran Portuguese architect Jorge Santana da Silva to design the course, and the tender for the golf build was won by a well-known