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Developing a Golf Facility

Developing a golf facility is a defined process that requires a multi-disciplinary approach to achieve the aims and objectives of its developer, and the demands of the target market. There are different types of golf facilities to consider, and there are also different types of golf developer; from government to local community groups, from property development companies to private individuals. Whatever the project and whoever the developer, the steps required to develop, establish and operate the facility are generally similar.

Straightforward and Understandable

At Roger Jones Golf Design we endeavour to make the process straightforward and understandable for our clients, whilst at the same time ensuring that all matters are identified, assessed and acted upon as required.

In the first instance we will happily discuss a potential project FREE OF CHARGE. If the client has already identified or acquired land, and has a site plan and some photographs, we will review these and offer a preliminary opinion on location, size and suitability based on the information provided - again this is FREE OF CHARGE.

Download our PDF document on Golf Facility Types, Technical Requirements & Market Opportunities if you have not yet determined what type of facility what best suits your vision and objectives - CLICK HERE

The following diagram illustrates the typical project design and development process;

Golf Course Design Process - Roger Jones Golf Design
  • Land Research & Analysis - Identify site and carry out as much research as possible into the land in relation to boundaries, topography, soils, water, drainage, land use, accessibility, landscape, locally-available raw materials.


  • Concept Design / Design Feasibility - Preliminary routing plans and site layouts to determine the potential of the site in design terms, and the potential to achieve the vision, aims and objectives of the developer.


  • Master Plan - Develop the preliminary concepts - integrating with other projects elements, statutory requirements and technical issues to achieve a Master Plan. A Master Plan may also be used for obtaining development funding, as well as preliminary marketing and promotions.


  • Statutory Permissions - Master Plan is submitted to the relevant authorities, together with all relevant supporting documentation to obtain the permissions and permits necessary. [the amount of information varies by country and by statutory authority].


  • Detailed Design - Detailed drawings for all site works and golf course features.


  • Construction Drawings & Construction Documents - Construction drawings, specifications, bills of quantity and documents for tender, negotiated contract or other form of agreement with contractors and sub-contractors.


  • Construction - The actual construction of the golf course, associated golf facilities and related works.


  • Establishment & Pre-Opening - Grow-in of the grass to a stage where it is mature enough to be opened for play. Installing signage, fixtures and fittings for opening.


  • Opening & Operations - Day to day management and operation of the golf business in accordance with the developer's business strategy.
To read more about developing a golf facility download our PDF booklet on the subject - CLICK HERE

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