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Torrance to go Dutch!

12.40am 15th October 2009 - Courses - This story was updated on Thursday, March 18th, 2010

European Golf Design are to design a golf course with Sam Torrance in Holland.

The new course will be the second designed for Made In Scotland, the company behind the development at The Dutch where a Colin Montgomerie golf course is already approaching completion.

Sam Torrance’s course will be adjacent to The Dutch and will be designed to compliment the golf facilities already planned in order to create one of the finest 36 holes golf complexes in Europe. The project is located in Spijk (District: Lingewaal, Provinvce: Gelderland) which is in the centre of Holland close to the town of Gorinchem approximately 40km east of Rotterdam.

Speaking after the contract signing Phil Helsby of Made in Scotland said:“I have to say that our decision to use Sam Torrance for the design of the second course was one of the easiest and quickest we have ever had to make. We wanted to involve someone whose character and attitude best reflected our own ambitions for the project. Sam is a wonderful person and is as passionate now about the game of golf as he was when he joined the European Tour 37 years ago. We are looking forward to that passion shining through in his golf course design.”

“I was delighted to be asked by Made in Scotland to work with them on their project in Holland,” said Sam Torrance. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to develop something quite special and I’m really looking forward to being involved in the design process. I’ve already begun work developing some thoughts on how the course will look.”

Ross McMurray, lead architect on the development for European Golf Design, said: “The character of the Torrance Course will set it aside from its sister course and Sam already has a clear idea about some of the features he wants to include. We aim to provide a number of short par 4’s and put the emphasis on accuracy rather than length. It will be designed for the Members and we aim to make it the sort of course which, most importantly, will be great fun to play.”

European Golf Design is the joint venture design company of the European Tour and IMG. Formed in 1992 European Golf Design has designed courses within Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Africa. The company is responsible for The Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor, the host course for next year’s Ryder Cup, as well as projects currently under design and construction in Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa.

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