Play Britain’s newest golf course at Ramside Hall Hotel – designed by Jonathan Gaunt of Gaunt Golf Design

January 13th, 2014

Today’s Golfer’s Guide to make golf more ‘Memorable’ in 2014 – No 1 recommendation – Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham – the only 18-hole golf course opening in Britain during 2014 – the Cathedral Course at Ramside Hall – a 7,200 yard par 72.

“We’re scheduled to open nine holes in July and the other nine in September,” says course designer Jonathan Gaunt. “Several holes are set on a hilltop, so it is on some quite exposed landscape at times, but some of the holes are stunning and the views are exceptional – you can see the Angel of the North from the 15th tee and Durham Cathedral from the 16th.”  There are several tough par 4s and numerous water hazards, but the hole everyone will remember is the par-3 12th. “It’s been likened to the 12th at Augusta.”

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Fairhaven Golf Course set ‘Fair’ for a £50,000 new look

December 11th, 2013
Fairhaven GC - Blackpool Gazette - December 2013 issue

Fairhaven GC - Blackpool Gazette - December 2013 issue

Fairhaven Golf Club will have a new outlook in 2014. The par-3 fifth is being remodelled at a cost of £50,000.

The Club commissioned Jonathan Gaunt, Senior Golf Course Architect and Director of Gaunt Golf Design Ltd to undertake the design project.

Read more in this month’s issue of the Blackpool Gazette above ………

The Case for 9-Hole Courses by Jonathan Gaunt, Senior Golf Course Architect of Gaunt Golf Design Limited

November 4th, 2013

Pitchcare Magazine asked leading Golf Course Architect, Jonathan Gaunt, to give his take on the golf industry from an architect’s point of view. In this article, Jonathan looks at how golf in the UK has changed since the turn of the century and then focuses on the state of the industry as it is today, in the depths of recession, and what clubs could be doing to remain competitive.

Pitchcare Magazine – Issue 51 – October/November 2013

Click on the link below to read more……….

Go to pages 16-17 and 18-19

Ramside Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club – Rare newts have not halted £15m golf & hotel development

August 20th, 2013

The presence of rare protected newts at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club in County Durham has not stopped progress at its new £15m golf, hotel and leisure development planned to open in 2014.

Click here to read full article on Golf Business Community website.

Oued Fes Golf Resort Opens for Play

May 29th, 2013


Oued Fes Golf Resort

Operated by Troon Golf and designed by Senior Golf Course Architect,

 Jonathan Gaunt of Gaunt Golf Design Limited

Troon Golf article

 Click  on the link below to view Troon Golf website page on Oued Fes Golf Resort

Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design’ Programme

April 29th, 2013

Jonathan Gaunt, Senior Golf Course Architect has just returned from the annual EIGCA Conference in Malmo, Sweden which included the launch of a three stage programme, ‘Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design’.

 It is the first Continuing Professional Development course on sustainable golf in the world and will provide EIGCA Members with knowledge on sustainable design principles. Jonathan, who is a Senior Member of the EIGCA is participating in the programme, and  upon completion, will be listed on a Sustainable Design Register, that will be promoted internationally.

The programme has been developed in partnership with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) and will be supported and evaluated by members of the GEO Sustainability Associate (GEOSA) network. The EIGCA has long been a supporter of GEO, being closely involved with the creation of the Sustainable Golf Development Guidelines, and this new initiative further cements this relationship.

Speaking on behalf of GEO, Jonathan Smith said; “Increasingly, it will be the designers of ecologically rich, resource efficient and community supported golf courses that will succeed. They’ll be seen to get projects through planning; help developers attain short and long term profitability; and leave marketable positive social and environmental legacies of which everyone associated with the project can be proud. Given that nobody is ever a complete sustainability expert, this EIGCA programme to promote further understanding and innovation is significant and valuable. GEO is delighted to support this programme both through input on the content and in supporting delivery.”

If you would like to read more about Sustainable Golf or you are interested in becoming a ‘GEO Certified’ golf course, visit the GEO website for more information by clicking on the link below:

Gaunt Golf Design’s Current Projects

April 24th, 2013




No of existing holes Type of project Current status Original architect
Acanthus Golf Centre 9-holes and Driving Range Expert Witness and new 9 hole course In Planning Not known
Brookhill Farm New 27-hole golf course In Planning Jonathan Gaunt
Caddington Golf Club 18 Holes New 9-hole extension. Under construction Not known
Central Golf Brno 6 holes New academy and short game practice centre including driving range In design Jonathan Gaunt
Clays Golf Centre 18 Holes Advising on safety issues in relation to new road scheme. Specialist advice Not known
Cleveland Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade over 3 years. In design Harry S Colt/J S F Morrison
Doncaster Golf Club 18 Holes New course extension and re-development of practice facilities. In design Alister MacKenzie
Dyrham Park Golf & Country Club 18 Holes Existing course upgrade and new 9-hole academy course Under construction C K Cotton
Fairhaven Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade – specifically re-design of hole #5. In design J H Steel/James Braid
Harrogate Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade – bunker remodelling Construction on-going Alister MacKenzie/Harry Colt
Headingley Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade over  5 years – bunker/tees remodelling Construction on-going Alister MacKenzie/Harry Holt
Howley Hall Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade and bunker remodelling Construction on-going Alister Mackenzie
Ilkley Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade and tees/bunker remodelling Construction on-going Alister Mackenzie
Ingol Golf Club 18 Holes Expert Witness Specialist advice Henry Cotton
Kenwick Park Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade and bunker remodelling In design Patrick Tallack
Leeds Golf Centre 18 Holes Full 18-hole Wike Ridge Course upgrade Under construction Donald Steel
Mid-Yorkshire Golf Club 18 Holes New Golf Driving Range and course upgrade In design & planning Steve Marnoch
Portsmouth Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade In design & planning F G Hawtree
Ramside Hall Hotel Golf & Country Club 27 Holes New 18-hole golf course extension Under construction Jonathan Gaunt
Richmond Park Golf Club – Prince’s and Duke’s course 36 Holes Course upgrade and new practice facilities Under construction F G Hawtree/J H Taylor
The Belfry 54 Holes Advising on new practice facilities Advice Dave Thomas/Peter Alliss
The Peak Resort 18 holes New 27 Hole golf course, Hotel and Resort In planning/design Jonathan Gaunt
Thurlestone Golf Club 18 Holes Advising on safety issues Advice Harry Colt
Trent Park Golf Club 18 Holes Course upgrade In design Not known
Uxbridge Golf Club 18 Holes Advice/Feasibility Study including Haste Hill GC and Ruislip GC Advice Paul Jackson & Chris Frank
Whittington heath Golf Club 18 Holes Advising on HS2 rail link which will sever course in two. Advice Harry Colt
Wildernesse Club 18 Holes Course upgrade and bunker remodelling Construction ongoing James Braid
Wycombe Heights Golf Centre 18 Holes Driving Range upgrade In planning

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Leeds Golf Centre Opens New Course Layout

April 8th, 2013

‘After 15 months of redevelopment, Leeds Golf Centre has formally opened the new Wike Ridge course layout for play as part of its impressive wider £2m redevelopment.’

To read the rest of the article published by Golf Business News, please click on the link below:

The Peak Resort – Funding secured from Luxembourg based Equity Fund for 300 acre holiday resort on former Derbyshire colliery

March 4th, 2013

A 300 acre, former open-cast mine in Derbyshire, is to be transformed into a 1.3m sq ft leisure resort, following the signing of a finance agreement. The site, owned by Birchall Properties, has obtained finance from Luxenbourg-based private equity fund, Fortress Investments.

Located on the fringes of the Peak District, the site will be re-developed to provide sporting and entertainment activities, 250 holiday homes and 600 holiday flats, plus ancillary retail and leisure, all surrounded by woodland, open countryside and an 18-hole golf course. The course is to be designed by Jonathan Gaunt, Senior Director and Golf Course Architect of Gaunt Golf Design Ltd.

The centrepiece of the proposed Peak Resort development will be four domes, which are expected to host activities such as rock climbing, swimming and climbing.

Birchall Properties, won reserved matters planning consent in 2009 and the scheme has a projected development cost of £250m

Now finance is in place, detailed plans will be drawn up and infrastructure works will start on site this summer. Construction of the domes and housing is expected to start in early 2014 for completion in early 2016.

Gaunt Golf Design – FAQ’s – Design Techniques

February 13th, 2013

Question:  How much CAD do you use and how much is done by hand? 

Answered by Jonathan Gaunt ……….

CAD is an integral part of our design process. We use PCs for illustration purposes, photo-manipulation, photo-montage, quantity calculation and presentation drawings. We always prepare initial design concepts by hand because, in our opinion, it allows greater flexibility for flair and creativity in relation to existing site characteristics