Philosophy

Benestam Golf Course Design

My design philosophy is based on and stands for landscape integration of the golf course development and the existing landscape. The idea is to stress the famous Scandinavian minimalistic approach in the design of golf courses. This design approach will ensure both simplicity, originality and pureness.

The balance of earth movement on the site is important during the Routing Plan stage to utilize the landscape in the best possible way – which in turn saves time, money as well as the landscape itself.

A thoughtful design should integrate seamlessly into the existing landscape. It should respect and promote the natural surroundings and take advantage of the most environmentally-friendly techniques to build and maintain the golf course.

There are many factors to consider when designing a golf course, including today’s playing styles, future maintenance costs, future environmental legislation and year-around playability. In addition, proper drainage is essential for good grow-in and long-term soil quality – a key factor when creating beautiful golf courses.

I believe it is crucial for architects to be actively involved during all stages of golf course design, from the very first meeting to the course’s opening day. I am regularly onsite to guarantee my client’s vision is expressed in each element of the golf course design. I prefer to choose my own shapers to secure the design of the golf course and the landscape design around the property. Drawings are more or less conceptual guidelines for golf course construction and can be changed onsite by the architect, if required.

A good relationship between the architect, the contractor and the client is essential to the project’s success and makes teamwork a crucial priority.

Benestam Golf Course Design stands for modern golf course architecture with the latest construction methods that integrate historic signature features from many of the great golf course architects, including, Harry Colt, A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie.

I have designed new golf courses and worked on existing courses in Sweden, throughout Europe and in Asia. One of my most recent projects was a complete restoration program of the 50-year old Royal Drottningholm Golf Club in Stockholm, Sweden, which reopened in June, 2012. I am currently involved in several improvement plans and rebuilding projects both in Sweden and abroad.

My expertise as a certified golf course architect with involvement in all project development and implementation stages – combined with my passion for golf – make me the right partner for projects both large and small.

It would be a pleasure to meet with you and discuss your golf course project.

Johan Benestam