The principals of Spogárd & VanderVaart have gained considerable international experience from our involvement in numerous golf projects throughout the world.
VARIETY OF ROLES
We have participated in a variety of roles – providing us with knowledge and inspiration, which we bring with us to all new projects, we undertake.
We believe one of the biggest differences between Spogárd & VanderVaart and most other golf course architects is not only the time we spend on site but also how we spend it. As our design philosophy is routed in the desire to uncover the greatest potentials of each and every site we work on, we always carry out a thorough analysis to fully understand the site.
As both landscape architects and golf course architects we are excited to work and live in a time where we experience an increased focus towards the health of our planet and the environment in which we live. Our love for nature, and the desire to create environmentally sustainable golf courses which successfully integrate the golf course both visually and environmentally in its native surroundings, is one of our core values.
THE FULL POTENTIAL
First we get a feeling for the soil, the landscape and the unique design possibilities. We take this back to the drawing boards where the first design ideas are explored together with relevant topographic maps and aerial photos. We produce precise, high quality drawings based on our thorough analysis. This way we are able to use the features of the land in the best possible way and realize the full potential of your new favorite course. We believe the the finer details makes the difference between a good and a great golf course.
We work closely with local environmental agencies and landscape architects on our projects across the globe. This helps us understand the often unique habitats and environmental situations on a specific site. Also at the same time working and consulting with market leading experts we are able to implement the use of the correct grasses as well as the latest methods in collecting, re-cycling and re-distributing water.
"making good golf courses is a skill, but creating great golf courses is an art"
Golf Course Plans and Drawings
Golf Course Construction Documentation
Restoration, Renovation and Redesign of Existing Golf Courses
Through our network of independent specialists, we can help provide services in:
Construction Cost Estimates
Clubhouse and Building Architecture
Media, Marketing and Communication
PHILIP CHRISTIAN SPOGÁRD
Principal Golf Course Architect, BSc BA EIGCA (hcp. 2.9)
Philip graduated with degrees in both Law and Landscape Architecture before graduating as the top student on the EIGCA’s two-year education programme. He is one of only ten golf course architects worldwide who have won the prestigious TORO Student Golf Course Architect Award. He has worked, lived and studied extensively around the world and has been fortunate to work on a number of exciting international projects. This has allowed him to study many of the world’s finest golf courses – providing him with an understanding of the difference between a good and a great golf course, an understanding of the worldwide golf culture and an understanding of the many different mechanisms which regulates the golfing industry.
Philip is an Member of the EIGCA and a keen golfer.
MICHIEL VAN DER VAART
Principal Golf Course Architect, BSc EIGCA (hcp. 7.2)
After graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Michiel worked at a landscape architects office for four years before following his lifelong dream of becoming a golf course architect. He joined the golf design company of Gerard Jol in 2002 and has since been involved in the EIGCA’s Diploma programme and in the design and renovation of numerous golf courses around Europe.
Michiel has considerable experience in the design and planning of golf courses and his naturalistic approach and design style has helped him create courses which are successfully integrated in their surrounding cultural, historical and natural environments.
Michiel is an Member of the EIGCA and loves a competitive round of golf
we are passionate about creating exciting, visually stunning and highly individual golf courses