GolfBC Group, Western Canada’s largest golf course owner and operator and one of Canada’s foremost golf, resort and residential management company is pleased to announce the appointment of the Canadian and British based golf course architectural firm, Lobb + Partners.
In the first instance Lobb + Partners will review the architectural nature of GolfBC’s seven golf courses in British Columbia. The company will review each of these properties and identify opportunities that will allow for improved on-course playability and strategy, enhanced sustainability initiatives and to maximize the aesthetic value for players while respecting the original integrity of the course architects.
“Our Director of Grounds Maintenance, Brett Finlayson and I undertook a comprehensive interview process to carefully appoint the correct design partner for our group. It was imperative the selected design firm had a thorough understanding of multi course ownership dynamics while delivering design solutions that enhance the playing experiences for our customers. We greatly look forward to working with Tim Lobb, Alex Hay and Oliver Tubb from their British Columbia base,” said Andy Hedley, VP of Golf Operations, GolfBC Group.
Tim Lobb, Founder and Principal of Lobb + Partners added, “It is always a thrill to work with clients who seek to make their golf facilities player friendly, sustainable, adaptable to an evolving market and maintenance friendly. We greatly look forward to collaborating with GolfBC to implement intelligent design solutions to their exceptional venues.
“Part of our vision for establishing a presence in Canada is to work with likeminded clients who value the importance of their golf courses and the positive impact of well-considered design solutions. We are excited to join the Canadian golf community and look forward to assisting owners and operators for many years to come.”
The work with GolfBC is scheduled to commence later in 2020 with further review in 2021.
Since 1990, Burrard International Inc. (parent company of GolfBC) has been creating or acquiring premium championship golf destinations in British Columbia, Canada, and since October 2003, also in Hawaii.
The objective was to establish a series of world class facilities throughout the province and beyond where players could experience total golfing excellence. The courses are consistently ranked among the highest throughout Canada and North America.
GolfBC currently own and operate ten golf courses in Western Canada and Hawaii
The British and Canadian based golf design firm Lobb + Partners was founded by Tim Lobb after the retirement of his previous partner, five times Open Champion Peter Thomson in 2016 from their firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb. Throughout the twenty-five-year golf design career of Tim Lobb, he has been involved with the creation of ten new golf courses and worked in more than twenty different countries. Additionally, the design practice consults to many highly regarding existing golf courses throughout Britain, Europe and Canada.
In 2018, LOBB + PARTNERS expanded and opened their Canadian base studio in Whistler with ex European Golf Design member, Alex Hay. Further expansion saw PGA pro and Landscape Architecture graduate Oliver Tubb join the team in 2019 from his Vancouver base.
The practice places a high regard for sustainable and intelligent design solutions on all projects undertaken.