Golf Course Design & Sustainability Advisory
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
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
Complete design of
new golf facilities
Existing golf facilities
Sustainability advice &
GEO Certified verification
LAND-USE & CONCEPT
LARGE & SMALL
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.
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.
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
New courses &
Investment / Designs
at Funding Stage
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.
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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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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New nine-hole golf course and
public recreation park.
New 18-hole golf resort integrated
with landfill closure.
New 18-hole golf course
and practice facility.
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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?
Awards & Accreditations
Senior & Council Member
Chair of Sustainability Committee
& Verifier for GEO Certified
Green Planet Architects Award for Sustainable Golf Course Design
Edwin Roald is a golf course architect, golf sustainability advisor
and an accredited verifier for the GEO Certified ecolabel.
Tel: +354 693 0075
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Cleaning up the Batumi landfill & Chorokhi delta
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 35
Champ 365 550 320 175 390 450 360 140 410 3.150
Back 310 470 280 140 340 435 310 110 355 2.750
Front 260 380 240 105 285 350 260 80 275 2.235
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
Par 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Champ 415 220 450 530 440 330 360 160 470 3.375 6.525
Back 340 150 370 480 360 280 305 125 440 2.850 5.600
Front 270 110 290 390 280 230 250 90 370 2.280 4.515
Using golf as a catalyst
for land improvement
The delta of the Chorokhi river currently has very few important breeding birds. However, several interesting species are likely to breed if the right conditions are provided.
Several areas have been identified for bird habitat and ecosystem restoration and enhancement. Recommendations include the construction of new mudflats, reed beds, bushes and areas of open water, these elements being the delta’s main important habitat types for migratory birds.
Restoring land, and making it available for others too
The conceptual design includes a network of public footpaths for running, cycling and other forms of general outdoor life. Public access to the river bank and delta, to bird watching hides and fishing/angling spots.
The river's north bank has been subject to considerable erosion. The riverside golf holes, holes number 2-3 and 17-18, may be constructed so they function as levees or floodbanks, preventing further erosion.
These golf holes can be designed specifically to form a protective perimeter around inlets of open water and other habitat types.
Design for maintenance
Geysir Golf Course
"... all playing areas can be mown by a single person in one day on ride-on machinery."
Sustainable Golf Development
by The Golf Environment Organization
"In his inspiring lecture on sustainable golf, Edwin Roald made us realize that with a creative vision, community involvement, and proper management, golf can contribute to the activities of sustainable lifestyles."
Lecturer, The School of Management (ESG)
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)
"Roald is probably the golf industry's premier advocate of nine-hole courses"
Robert J. Vasilak
The World Golf Report
"Edwin Roald has been touring the United States and getting a good
hearing for his stock presentation titled Why 18 Holes."
David Gould, Golf Business
official publication of The National Golf Course Owners Association (of America)