The European Institute of Golf Course Architects 2001 Conference has been hailed as a great success by all concerned. The conference entitled “Golf, Housing and the Environment – Planning Opportunities for the 21st Century” was held at Queens College, Cambridge on the 11th and 12th of December 2001. It was attended by 100 delegates from all around Europe who heard a number of fascinating discussions regarding various aspects of developing golf alongside housing.
“We were absolutely delighted with the response to the conference from the delegates and with the wholesale interest in the subject matter” said Institute President, Simon Gidman, “…and to see so many of the delegates from other areas of the industry such as developers and managers was particularly pleasing. Certainly from the feedback we have received we will be planning another conference, probably for 2003, and we will perhaps look to expand on some of the subjects that we could only touch on in this two day conference. Given the considerable interest of delegates from continental Europe I think we will also be looking at venues on the Continent for the next time.
“I would like to thank all the speakers for their tremendous effort and the high quality of their presentations and also our patrons and sponsors for their support. Not only did the conference prove to be a success in its own right but it brought elements of the industry together to discuss the issues of the day in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, especially during the gala dinner held in the glorious hall at Queens College.”
The highlight of the conference came on day two when the respected and sometimes controversial golf course architect Desmond Muirhead returned to Cambridge University (where he had himself studied) to present an enlightened and entertaining journey through the development of residential golf communities around the world since the 1960’s. He highlighted both the good and the bad and showed some of his most interesting work along the way.
More information on the conference, its speakers and their papers is available from:
Julia Green, The European Institute of Golf Course Architects
Merrist Wood House, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey GU3 3PE
Tel: +44 1483 884036
Fax +44 1483 884037
European Institute of Golf Course Architects www.eigca.org