AWARDS / HONORS
Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club – The course has been recognized among the “biggest, most important renovations” in the U.S. & Canada with a GOLF DIGEST award for Best Transformation for 2022 – Runner Up. “This category is for courses that undergo a transformation more profound than a typical renovation.” – Derek Duncan, Architecture Editor, Golf Digest.
Brian Costello, ASGCA worked closely with the membership, Course Superintendent Andrew Morgan, and key club professionals. The reimagined 18-hole, par 72 layout was completed in the Summer of 2022. The dramatic transformation of the course from a parkland, tree-lined style to a more ‘rustic’ and open character was fully realized. The complete make-over included a new par 3 and re-routed sections of the course, in addition to enlarged tees, sand-capped fairways, re-styled bunkers and green complexes built to USGA standards. Images courtesy of Marc Howard.
Parahyangan Golf – Best New Golf Course in Asia 2020 – Asia Pacific Golf Group. Indonesia’s Best Golf Course 2020 – World Golf Awards. Best Golf Club Experience in Asia 2020 – World Golf Awards
Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club – Voted World’s Best Par 3 Golf Course 2017
On November 25, 2017 the World Golf Awards presented Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club with the award for the World’s Best Par 3 Golf Course. The award ceremony was held at La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain. Bob Moore of JMP attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of the Club.
Link to World Golf Awards: http://worldgolfawards.com/
“15 Great Golf Course Architects…” – Featured in Golf Vacation Insider
JMP was honored to be recognized as one of the golf course architects “whose work you should seek out” or “you may miss out on some great golf courses.”
Link to article: http://www.golfvacationinsider.com/great-golf-course-architects
The course was honored to be one of the featured Brazilian profiles in the long-awaited 2nd volume of the series. Fazenda da Grama is described as “…a lovely core golf course in a valley about an hour north…” of Sao Paulo. “The variety of undulation in the valley is outstanding, and the best of it has been utilized on the four par-5 holes…”
The course’s Makulot #7 has been included among The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes by the Editors of Golf Magazine.
Royale Jakarta Golf Club – Best Golf Course in Indonesia – 1st Runner-Up – Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2014. The course was honored to be selected as the ‘Prestigious Season Ending Event’ for the Asian Tour in 2017. The ‘Order of Merit’ winner will be crowned at the conclusion of the tournament.
Brian Costello was honored to be invited to provide his perspective in the “Behind the Architectural Curtain” series for recent Major Golf Tournaments for the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines and the 2022 Masters. Links to the Masters’ articles below:
PGA.com awards Nags Head Golf Links as ‘Best Links-Style Golf Course in the US’. Designed by Bob Moore, this course presents a true Scottish links-style championship course nestled into the natural, windswept environment of the Outer Banks where sand dunes and rugged coastline create a unique and memorable golf experience. Other finalists included Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits and Chambers Bay.
Brian Costello was honored to be selected to author the Lead Essay for the latest edition of ‘Golf Architecture – A Worldwide Perspective, Volume Six’ compiled by Paul Daley. The story of the Black Stone Golf & Resort in Jeju, Korea was thoughtfully detailed from initial concepts through completion and the creative process that brought forth this ‘modern classic’.
Robert Moore was a Panelist at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2013 recently held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Bob was also on hand to accept two awards. JMP received the distinction of being named among the Top Three Golf Course Architects in the Asia-Pacific region for the third year in a row. The second commendation, “Best Golf Course in Indonesia”, was awarded to Royale Jakarta Golf Club for the second year in a row, a recently opened course designed by Mr. Moore.
PALO ALTO HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, Palo Alto, California
The 18-hole, par 72 layout which incorporated in 1958, offers spectacular sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and is located next to the 500-plus acre Arastradero Open Space Preserve. JMP worked closely with the membership, Course Superintendent Andrew Morgan, and key staff to create a Renovation Master Plan that addressed short and long-term interests for the private club. The club was faced with the immediate need to selectively remove diseased Monterey Pines and continue a program to reduce irrigation use, including turf reduction, in light of the on-going drought in the greater region. Construction on the front nine was completed in the Summer of 2021 and the back nine was completed in the Summer of 2022. The transformation of the course from a parkland, tree-lined style to a more ‘rustic’ and open character that is in greater harmony with the open space preserve was fully realized. The complete make-over included enlarged tees, sand-capped fairways and larger greens built to USGA standards. The updated strategic bunkering was personally painted in the field by Brian Costello. Read the ASGCA News article and view the YouTube video about the renovation and Image courtesy of Marc Howard.
PARAHYANGAN GOLF, Bandung, Indonesia
Incomparable visual drama is one of the great strengths of this 18-hole championship golf course. Located on a spectacular landform, the course flows along the deeply incised ravines and lake edges of Lake Saguling and climbs onto the flanks of surrounding mountains offering commanding views of the valley floor. The course also features a highly-strategic layout featuring multiple lines of play on virtually every hole. Parahyangan Golf is a key component of Kota Baru Parayhangan, a carefully planned, mixed-use development spreading over an area of 1,250 hectares. This award-winning “new city” is home to over 2,200 residences, schools, shops, restaurants, hospital, and a water park. The course opened in 2020.
SAI GOLF CLUB, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Located near the ancient capitol of Bangkok this big, bold golf course is being sculpted into a landform of rice fields and canals. The layout is designed as a “stadium course” incorporating large elevated viewing areas and a length of 7,600 yards for the expressed purpose of hosting major tournaments. Sweeping topography with elevation changes of 15 meters are being achieved primarily by lowering the site’s existing water table. This method of achieving bold movement on flat land was first used at Rajpruek Club, a sister course to Sai Golf Club located in Bangkok. The soft opening is scheduled late 2022.
SUVARNA JAKARTA GOLF CLUB, Jakarta, Indonesia
Blessed with an excellent location inside the city of Jakarta this entirely new 27-hole championship golf course is situated on the site of the old Halim 2 golf course. With the exception of location, the new layout shares nothing with the original 18-hole military course. The design style of Suvarna Jakarta is best described as Indonesian ‘links’. Elements such as riveted bunkers, burns (walled canals), large green complexes and highly strategic bunkering are borrowed from the historic links courses. These elements are married with the best of the Indonesian landscape including majestic trees, water in all its forms and the colorful, native landscape palette. One of Suvarna’s most striking features is the ‘Elysian Field’. The Field integrates three par 5 finishing holes into a broad landform with shared fairways, cross bunkering, meandering burns and dozens of possible lines of play.
SKAMANIA LODGE, Stevenson, Washington
Located on the beautiful Columbia River, the client retained JMP to provide Master Plan services to reimagine a completely different approach to their existing 18-hole golf course. The client wanted to welcome a new generation of golfers to the resort and thus the creation of The Gorge 9-hole Par 3 course and The Little Eagle 18-hole putting course. The Gorge 9 offers holes ranging from 200 yards to 55 yards with tall trees, picturesque ponds, and Gorge views woven into the golf experience. The Little Eagle 18 putting course presents a really fun and entertaining experience with undulating surfaces and rock outcrops to provide strategic character and interest. Both golf courses feature synthetic tees and greens with an emphasis on sustainability by using less water and fertilizers to maintain.
BUKIT PANDAWA GOLF CLUB, Bali, Indonesia
Awarded “World’s Best Par 3 Golf Course 2017.” On the most southern coastline of Bali along dramatic cliffs rising from the Indian Ocean, this new 18-hole executive golf course emerges from the limestone landscape. Bukit Pandawa Golf Club weaves its way from elevated ridges to ocean cliff edges and features 10 holes with ocean views. The course is centrally located amongst four new 5-star hotels that include Mandarin Oriental, Raffles, Fairmont and Waldorf Astoria. The golf course, which opened in 2016, is characterized by intricate green complexes, rock outcroppings, architectural ruins, and a natural landscape theme.
NEW BERN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, New Bern, North Carolina
Following an intense 6 month renovation New Bern Golf & CC reopened in September 2017. The renovation included the relocation of two green complexes, reconstruction of all bunkers, conversion of greens to an ultra-dwarf bermuda grass, addition of fairway bunkers on two holes, extensive tree removal and the addition / expansion of numerous tee boxes. The most dramatic change occurred on the Club’s signature 18th hole sited alongside the Trent River. The green was shifted almost 20 yards closer to the River and lowered to improve visibility.
SHADOW HILLS GOLF CLUB – South Course, Palm Springs, California
JMP was commissioned to provide Renovation Master Plan services at this Sun City property located in Indio next to Palm Springs. The report focused on extensive turf reduction, bunker rehabilitation and other course improvements. Phase One of the program was recently completed including extensive improvements to the Practice Facility, a complete bunker renovation, and a re-design of the 18-hole putting course offering multiple routes of play. With inclusion of night lighting the putting course will be enjoyed both day & night. The new putting course and practice facility open in November of 2017.
BLACK STONE EXCLUSIVE GOLF CLUB – ICHEON, Icheon, Korea
Selected as the home course for the European Tour’s Ballantine’s Championship for the 2011 through 2013 seasons. This 27-hole high-end private golf club is located about 1 hour from Seoul with membership values near the top of the market. Each combination of the 9-hole loops yields a par 72 – 7,300 plus yard test of demanding golf. The course features magnificent ridgeline views, beautifully landscaped creeks & lakes and secluded forest glens. Awarded “Korea’s Best New Golf Courses 2010-2011” and a “5-Star” ranking by Golf Digest in 2010.
JIAN LAKE BLUE BAY GOLF CLUB & SEASIDE RESORT, Lingshui, Hainan Island, China
This new 18-hole seaside course is situated along the South China Sea and offers a par 72, 7,300 yard championship test of links golf. The course features beautiful sugar sand dunes and colorful landscaping. The course respects the traditions of famous Scottish-links while integrating new strategic elements and features. In addition to the oceanfront golf, the Westin Hotel and resort development provide luxurious accommodations to enhance the island golf experience. The course has hosted the LPGA Blue Bay golf championship in 2014 through 2017.
360º GOLF CLUB, Yeoju, Korea
This 18-hole high-end public golf course will be leading the wave of new daily-fee facilities destined to be developed over the next decade in Korea. Golfers are treated like a “member-for-a-day” and encounter a golf experience that exceeds the expectations of even the most sophisticated and discerning golfer. Sited in forested terrain the golf course meanders through cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes affording spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Awards – ‘Best New Courses in Korea 2012-2013’ & ‘4.5 Star Ranking’ by Golf Digest; ‘Top Ten New Courses in Korea 2012’ from Golf Magazine.
ON THE BOARDS
MAPLE CHASE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JMP is preparing renovation plans for this Ellis Maples design which opened in 1954. A well-conceived renovation is much needed. Our plans focus on establishing a consistent & aesthetic design style paired with quality construction methods and details. The scope covers greens, bunkers, tees, drainage, irrigation, turf & landscaping.
RAJPRUEK CLUB, Bangkok, Thailand
Designed by Bob Moore and originally opening in 1994, the club has recently retained JMP to bring this consistently top-rated Thailand exclusive golf club up to the latest international standards. The renovation will concentrate on replacing the 28-year-old infrastructure and fine-tuning the already highly successful layout in the heart of Bangkok.
GOLF RESORT, Hanoi, Vietnam
Located about 1 hour from Hanoi, JMP is developing a Master Plan on a new championship 18-hole golf course that will meander through a secluded valley and transition across higher elevations of the site for breath-taking views. The par 72 course will feature sprawling strategic bunkers, cascading waterfalls and colorful landscaping. The development will also offer mountainside villas and shophouse village core as a part of this high-end golf community.
RENOVATION CONSULTING SERVICES
JMP is providing our world-class renovation consulting services on numerous projects throughout the world. The projects range from the renovation of a single course feature, developing turf reduction programs, to the creation of Long Range Master Plans and the total redesign and reconstruction of the entire golf course. Domestically we have projects that are located in California, North Carolina and Virginia. International markets include Brazil, China, the Philippines, the Middle East, Mexico and Southeast Asia.
JMP designed golf courses have been selected as venues for numerous professional golf tournaments over the past 25 years. Several recent and noteworthy tournaments are highlighted below that have been sanctioned by the European Tour, LPGA, Asian Tour and a Masters tournament!
Black Stone Exclusive Golf Club – Seoul, Korea
- Ballantine’s Championship – European Tour – 2011-2013
Royale Jakarta Golf Club – Jakarta, Indonesia
- The Indonesian Masters – Asian Tour – 2011-Present
- 2017 – Announced as ‘Prestigious Season Ending EventCrowning Order of Merit Winner’
- Asian Tour’s Flagship Event
Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club – Hainan Island, China
- Blue Bay LPGA – LPGA Tour – 2014-2017
Padivalley Golf Club – Makassar, Indonesia
- Gowa Padivalley Classic – ASEAN Tour – 2011
Luxe Hills International Country Club – Chengdu, China
- China Volvo Open – European Tour – 2011
“These are my standards to laying out a golf course: Make each hole present a different problem. So arrange it that every stroke must be made with full concentration and attention necessary to good golf.” Donald Ross