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Tasmania Golf Club appointment

Contour Golf Design Group has been appointed Golf Course Architects for Tasmania Golf Club. Director, Ben Davey will be providing golf design services to ensure the long-term viability of the golf course, in response to the Tasmanian Government’s proposed upgrades to the Tasman Highway which borders the Club’s southern boundary. Contour Golf is working closely with specialist engineering and environment consultancy, Pitt and Sherry, to ensure that the final approved road alignment offers a very successful design outcome for Tasmania Golf Club.

The 1st hole.

Tasmania Golf Club’s 18-hole course is located on beautiful Barilla Bay, 15 minutes east of Hobart CBD and near the Hobart Airport. The Al Howard design, which opened in 1971, is the most highly rated course in the Hobart area, alongside Royal Hobart Golf Club, which is only five kilometres away. Tasmania Golf Club has hosted many prestigious events, including the Australian Amateur Championships and the Tasmanian Open.

The par 3 11th hole.

Initially, we will be considering redesign options for Holes 1, 2, 16 and 17 as well as the driving range, which are all impacted by the most recent design concept for the widened highway.

Neangar Park Golf Club ‘Pitch and Putt’

Construction of a new 9-hole ‘Pitch and Putt’ course has commenced at the Neangar Park Golf Club in the Victorian regional city of Bendigo. The course, which is being built on spare land adjacent to the Club’s main water storage dam, will feature 9 short par 3’s of between 60 and 90 metres.  The greens and their surrounds will be lots of fun to play for kids and beginner golfers but the holes are being designed to also attract better golfers who want to sharpen their pitching and short game skills.  The actual putting greens will average only 200m2, but with their surrounds, there will be lots of different ways to play each hole – both in the air or along the ground. The detailed design is being prepared by Ben Davey of Contour Golf Design Group.

The 4th hole under construction, and the cleared 2nd hole.

In addition to the Pitch and Putt, Neangar Park Golf Club is also building a new commercial driving range, the first of its kind in Bendigo.  The driving range and the first five holes of the Pitch and Putt will open in early 2020.

Yowani Country Club appointment

We are pleased to announce that Contour Golf Design has been appointed Golf Course Architects for the redevelopment of the Yowani Country Club.  The Yowani Board invited several golf course architects to prepare Concept Plans as part of the bidding process, and following an extensive and detailed due diligence process, the Board determined that our Concept clearly stood out in terms of its vision for the site. 

Yowani, which is located in Canberra just 3 kilometres from the CBD, is undertaking a major redevelopment which includes the progressive sale of a 9 hectare (22.2 acre) parcel of land on which their current clubhouse, carpark, driving range, bowling greens and a motel sit. It is proposed that the land will be redeveloped progressively over a period of several years, for medium and high-density housing as well as commercial use. The Club is also acquiring an unused parcel of land on the western border of the golf course on which a new clubhouse will be built.

The parkland character of the Yowani course.

The proposed land sale impacts on several golf holes, including the 1st, 9th and 10th. However, the biggest impact is that the course layout does not work as it is with the new clubhouse location.  Part of the design brief was to have the new clubhouse and golf course interact in such a way as to suggest that this was always the way it should be, providing a strong visual connection between the two.  This means that a major reconfiguration of the course will be required in order to meet this, and another objective, which is to have each 9 holes start and finish at the clubhouse. 

The new design includes ten completely new golf holes.  However, the design concept envisages that all the current course will eventually be upgraded with new greens and bunkering.  The first stage is to further develop the Concept to a full Masterplan for the site.

Mornington Golf Club new greens completed

The new 9th, 18th and practice greens are completed and growing in at Mornington Golf Club. The work, which was mainly completed by the Club’s staff, commenced in late August. The 9th hole will be a far better hole with its new green moved about 30 metres left and much lower than the old green. The original green was very artificially pushed up on a steep slope in front of the clubhouse, presenting an awful steep climb to the putting surface.

The new 18th has been moved further away from the clubhouse and is now a much larger and more interesting green. It is bunkered on the left now and and short right.

The new practice green is located adjacent to a new paved outdoor seating area. It is very large at just under 1000m2 and has far more interesting putting options than the old practice green. We are sure it will be popular as an after-golf bit of fun as well as a practice green – given its proximity to the bar!

Final Stage at Mildura commences

The Mildura Golf Resort has commenced the golf course works required for the final stage of their residential development to proceed.  The residential development consists of a further 32 allotments making the total 104.  The 32 allotments require the land currently occupied by the old 17th hole (no longer in play) and the current par 3 18th. A new par 5 18th hole is to be constructed alongside the subdivision.  Work on the new green has commenced, whilst the balance of the works will take place this coming Spring in conjunction with the civil works required for the subdivision.

 

Kwinana Golf Club Masterplan

Contour Golf Design Group have been appointed to prepare a Masterplan for the Kwinana Golf Club, which is located about 40 minutes drive south of the the city of Perth, W.A. The course is routed through a heavily forested area dominated by very large Tuart Gum trees.  The priority will be to identify the best aspects of the course, and then set a plan to upgrade those parts of the course that do not meet that standard.

New holes in W.A open for play

The new par 3 4th hole at the Carramar golf course, and the new par 3 12th at Marangaroo golf course are now open for play. Both courses are located in the City of Wanneroo in Perths northern suburbs. Work on six new greens – three at each course – will commence in 2018.

Mornington new par 3 opens for play

The new par 3 at Mornington Golf Club – which will become the 14th hole eventually- has opened for play.  Former club Captain, Craig Corfield played the opening tee shot.  The new hole plays straight at Port Phillip Bay and has a spectacular backdrop of open water with the Melbourne City skyline visible on the horizon.

Hainan Island project signing

Contour Golf Design Group have signed a Contract to design a new course on China’s Hainan Island. The course, which is located near Qiongzhong in the central mountainous interior of the Island, will replace a course that closed on the same site about 7 years ago. We have retained some of the routing from the original layout, but all greens, tees and bunkering will be rebuilt, often in completely new locations.  Clearing of the site has already commenced.

Company name change

We are pleased to announce the launch of Contour Golf Design Group!

Evolving from Davey Shearer Golf Design, the company re-branding marks the next step in our development.   The new name and logo reflect the changing structure of the business and Director Ben Davey’s desire to collaborate and consult with a broader range of golf industry professionals.  The rebranding of the Group is underway, with the new name and logo being progressively incorporated across the business.

San Remo

A proposed golf course at San Remo near Melbourne may finally be a step closer.  Ben Davey has been involved in the project for various clients for nearly 20 years.  The latest plans include the 18 hole cliff top course, a hotel and holiday villas.  Below is a photo-realistic image of the proposed 15th hole.

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Mornington Golf Club new hole

Construction is underway on the proposed ‘spare hole’ at Mornington Golf Club.  The hole plays directly at Port Phillip Bay with the Melbourne sky-line as a backdrop.  The par 3 will measure about 150m.

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