Golf Course Architecture - Issue 58 October 2019

43 Ground has been broken on Eighteen Islamabad, a new golf course designed by International Design Group, located in Pakistan’s capital. The project is part of a vast community development, rejuvenating a light industrial zone, and is a joint venture between Egypt’s Ora Development Group and Pakistan’s Saif Group. “The design team have worked hard to produce an exciting and very challenging layout which contests the status quo,” said Jon Hunt, director of IDG. “Technically, the course has been challenging to design with very heavy monsoon rains to deal with as well as the prospect of flash floods and the steep topography.” The first phase of the project is due for completion in April 2021 with the golf course ready for play by July 2021. Image: Harris Kalinka IDG breaks ground on Eighteen Islamabad course Club de Campo Villa de Madrid in the Spanish capital has reopened its short game and practice area following remodelling work by Stirling & Martin Golf Course Architects. The project has also seen the addition of new tees in time for the 2019 Mutuactivos Open De España in early October. “Our goal as golf architects in this special renovation was to bring back the spirit of Javier Arana, father of golf architecture in Spain and designer of 36 holes at CC Villa Madrid,” said Marco Martin. Remodelling work on the course’s bunkering will be the next phase of work in the coming months. Photo: Stirling & Martin Golf Course Architects Club de Campo Villa de Madrid reopens short game and practice area Castle Rock Golf Club in Yenagoa, Nigeria, designed by Ron Garl Golf Design, is expected to open in 2020. “We have been involved with so many master-planned communities throughout the years – we could bring what’s working in the USA to Nigeria for an American-influenced golf residential community,” said Ricky Nix, a senior designer at Ron Garl Golf Design. We incorporated the best design ideas and concepts into the master-planned community at Castle Rock.” Total Golf Construction is handling work on the course, which is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Photo: Total Golf Construction New golf course in Nigeria expected to open in 2020 A visualisation of Eighteen Islamabad