Chris Haspell, formerly course manager at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Scotland, and project manager of the ill-fated Coul Links project near Royal Dornoch, has launched a turf and golf business consultancy.
Chris Haspell & Associates aims to help golf clubs across the world deal with turf, construction, ecological and machinery issues, among other services. Haspell, who has 35 years in the industry and has already consulted at clubs including North Berwick and St Enodoc, originally made his name at Horsholm Golf in Denmark, where he led a reconstruction of the 27-hole complex.
As well as leading the attempt to build Coul Links for developers Todd Warnock and Mike Keiser, Haspell has recently project managed the construction of the New course at Les Bordes in France for architect Gil Hanse, with whom he first worked at Castle Stuart.
“We were completely confident that in our absence, due to the pandemic, the grow-in would proceed magnificently, and it has! We cannot recommend Chris highly enough,” said Hanse.
As well as his own consulting business, Haspell is continuing to work with American developer Mike Keiser on a number of projects. including the growing of fescue at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and Cabot Cliffs in Canada. “Chris Haspell has that rare magic touch with all things golf,” said Keiser.