Question: How do I become a Golf Course Architect?
Answered by Jonathan Gaunt …………….
Golf course architecture is a difficult profession to enter. The labour market for golf course architects is unregulated, uncertain and small in comparison to other professions. Nonetheless, for those who succeed, golf course architecture can provide an occupation, which is both intellectually and economically rewarding. Routes of entry into golf course architecture include landscape architecture, greenkeeping and professional golf. Cornish and Whitten in their 1998 book, “Golf Course Design”, note that a 1991 study of the academic background of all members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects found that the largest proportion (53%) of members had landscape architecture degrees.
Jonathan Gaunt is a formally qualified landscape architect. For anybody considering a career in golf course architecture, we offer the following advice:
- Obtain a degree in a relevant academic field such as landscape architecture or civil engineering.
- Obtain a relevant post-graduate qualification in golf course architecture, through EIGCA.
- Get relevant work experience in golf course construction; continue to update your detailed knowledge of golf, its history, the great courses and key architects; maintain an ability to play golf to a reasonable standard; develop a particular speciality, which will set you apart from others in the golf design labour market. Ultimately, the successful golf course architect must have a broad range of knowledge in both science and arts disciplines and important core skills such as computer literacy, financial management and presentation techniques.
Contact the European Institute of Golf Course Architects for details on its Professional Diploma course (tel: +44 (0)1483 891831), or email Julia Green on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: I am a student of golf course architecture. Please can you advise me on the techniques that you use to design golf courses?
Answered by Jonathan Gaunt ………
We receive numerous requests for information from students of golf course architecture, greenkeeping and related subjects. We are keen to encourage students but it is increasingly difficult for us to answer individual requests. We hope that the following information will help by signposting you to relevant subject areas, publications and websites. This information presents an indicative list; in no way should it be considered as definitive.