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Golf Course Design & Sustainability Advisory

Edwin Roald

Why we should work together

Good solution-based golf course design can be a game changer, not only for the golfer and the golf course owner, but also for the community. Design has direct impact on golf's ability to be a relevant, accessible, affordable, and healthy form of public leisure activity. When used well, the flexible form of golf courses can be used as a business initiative to restore or enhance ecosystems, to rehabilitate damaged land, and share it with others, for all to enjoy. The result is a complete concept with economical, social and environmental benefits that appeals to all stakeholders, within golf and beyond.

Easier & faster permits

Low development costs

Streamlined maintenance

An environmentally strong and sustainable approach, that appeals to all stakeholders, ensures greater community support and facilitates a faster, easier & less expensive

planning permit process.

A natural approach minimizes the scale of construction and thus keeps building costs down. The idea is to design the problems out, not tackle them with engineering.
A win-win or nature and man.

Design for easy maintenance,

improving your economics. Make your course fully fit for maintenance with productive machinery. Minimize the risk of unnecessary traffic damage and winter injury.

Share land with others

Walkability for better health

Ethical use of resources

Appeal to other stakeholders by incorporating other land-uses and functions. Enjoy more sources of revenue, more clubhouse traffic, more exposure and a better image.

 

A walkable golf course reduces the need for golf carts, and thus cuts down your energy use and enables golf to provide multiple, well documented health benefits.

Learn how  to minimize your total area of managed turf, without making your course too difficult to play, thus limiting the use of water, fertilizer and chemicals.

Raise your profile

Contribute to society

Be original and unique

Get recognized for your sustainability vision and environmental stewardship

through the GEO Certified ecolabel.

Seize the opportunity to contribute to your community by incorporating by-products that include ecosystem enhancement or restoration.

Nature dictates the design, not vice versa. Don't fight the terrain. Follow it and enjoy the local uniqueness, helping your project stand out.

Does this apply to my course?

From a gravel quarry to this ...

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Before & After

Par-3 7th hole at Sigló

Services

Complete design of
new golf facilities

Existing golf facilities

Sustainability advice &
GEO Certified verification

MASTERPLAN

PLANNING PERMIT

APPLICATION

SPECIFICATIONS

& QUANTITIES

IDEA

OPENING

LAND-USE & CONCEPT

COST, TIMETABLE

& LOGISTICS

DETAILED DESIGN

CONSTRUCTION

MONITORING

LARGE & SMALL

COURSE ADJUSTMENTS

 

Large and small changes to existing golf courses. Restoration, renovation or redesign of varying scales, including the redesign of individual features, e.g. greens, tees, bunkers.

MASTERPLANNING

FOR THE FUTURE

 

Are there differing opinions within the club as to how to move the golf course forward? Hiring a qualified golf course architect will help direct discussions in the club room.

SWOT ANALYSIS REPORT

 

 

A SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) of your golf course. After a site visit and interviews with the club team, an illustrated report is produced.

WHAT SUSTAINABILITY REALLY
MEANS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

 

Sustainability is all about working responsibly. It simply means making large and small decisions that simultaneously have a positive impact on your business, on your community and the environment.

VERIFICATION FOR THE
GEO CERTIFIED ECOLABEL

 

Edwin Roald is an accredited verifier for the GEO Certified ecolabel, a relevant, accessible and affordable programme designed to recognize environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives undertaken by golf courses/clubs of all sizes.

GEO CERTIFIED
APPLICATION SUPPORT

 

Getting your facility OnCourse, ready to be verified for the GEO Certified ecolabel. Varying levels of involvement in the application process.

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From the Desk

Portfolio

New courses &
major extensions

Existing course
improvements

Verification for
GEO Certified

Investment / Designs
at Funding Stage

Par-3 3rd hole at Geysir Golf Course in Iceland, designed by Edwin Roald. Photo by Edwin Roald.
7th hole at Siglo golf course under construction, Siglufjörður, Iceland
Photo of 1st hole at Brautarholt Golf Course in Reykjavik, Iceland. Designed by Edwin Roald. Photo by Friðþjófur Helgason (Fridthjofur Helgason)

Selfoss

Sigló

Brautarholt

Extension from 9 holes to 18 and

the replacement of 2-3 holes due

to a new highway.

New nine-hole golf course, practice facility and public recreation park, set partially in an abandoned gravel quarry.

18 hole masterplan.
Nine holes opened in 2012.
More holes in development.

Photo of the 5th hole at Kjölur (Kjolur) Golf Club in Mosfellsbær, Iceland. Golf course extension designed by Edwin Roald. Photo by Edwin Roald.
Par-3 3rd hole at Geysir Golf Course in Iceland, designed by Edwin Roald. Photo by Edwin Roald.
Photo of the 5th hole at Kjölur (Kjolur) Golf Club in Mosfellsbær, Iceland. Golf course extension designed by Edwin Roald. Photo by Edwin Roald.

Kjölur

Geysir

Hornafjördur

9-hole extension to an existing 9-hole course, with new clubhouse, driving range and maintenance building.

New 9-hole golf course with minimal disturbance to the natural terrain. Maintained by 1 person. Zero irrigation.

Extension and redesign of an existing nine-hole course using additional land. 5 new holes and re-routing of others.

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New par-3 golf hole at Thorlakshofn in Iceland, designed by Edwin Roald.
4th hole at Akureyri Golf Club, Iceland, remodelled by Edwin Roald.

Þorlákshöfn

Akureyri

Relocation and re-alignment of three holes due to coastal erosion. Conceptual masterplan for the future.

18-hole renovation & redesign.
All 18 greens rebuilt 2004-2014.
Relocation of the driving range.

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Plan of the proposed Batumi Golf Resort by Edwin Roald.
Plan of the Borg golf course in Iceland, under construction, designed by Edwin Roald

Kirkjuhvammur

Batumi

Borg

Hvammstangi, Iceland

 

New nine-hole golf course and
public recreation park.

Batumi, Georgia

 

New 18-hole golf resort integrated
with landfill closure.

Borg, Iceland

 

New 18-hole golf course
and practice facility.

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It's About Time

by Edwin Roald

Learn how reconsidering golf's 18-hole principle can help struggling golf facilities and catapult the game into the future

VISIT SITE

News & Blogs

7 Health Benefits of Golf: Why Golf is Good for Body and Mind

There are many stated health benefits of golf, from scientific and anecdotal sources, but just how good is the game for the body and mind?

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Awards & Accreditations

European Institute of Golf Course Architects, EIGCA, logo in png format Logo for Golf Environment Sustainability Associate

Senior & Council Member

Chair of Sustainability Committee

Sustainability Associate
& Verifier for GEO Certified

Green Planet Architects Award for Sustainable Golf Course Design

Testimonials

About

Edwin Roald

Edwin Roald is a golf course architect, golf sustainability advisor
and an accredited verifier for the GEO Certified ecolabel.

 

info@edwinroald.com

edwinroald.com

 

Tel: +354 693 0075

 

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