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School of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art / Heriot-Watt University
has launched a unique masters degree in Golf Course Architecture. The School has
an international reputation for landscape architecture education and this prestigious
new course will contribute to its profile, affirming Scotland's place at the centre
of good design for golf. Professor Catherine Ward Thompson, Head of School, says,
"There is already evidence of strong market demand for a postgraduate course
in Golf Course Architecture. A study commissioned in 1997 identified potential
world-wide demand and primary markets in Norway, Germany, Italy, Switzerland,
The Peoples Republic of China, South-East Asia, South America and the USA."
MSc course in Golf Course Architecture, the first of its kind, has been developed
in conjunction with the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) and
is fully endorsed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. The aim is
to provide an education and qualification which sets the benchmark for professional
recognition in the field worldwide The course will place emphasis on reconciling
the ideals of the School of Landscape Architecture's philosophy in creative and
environmentally sensitive landscape design with the professional demands of the
game of golf.
idea was first conceived four years ago and developed by tutor and landscape ecologist
Nigel Rudd, in response to the varying levels of competence evident in golf course
design to date. He says, "There is no reason why being able to play golf
should automatically confer on somebody the capacity to design a course. Today
we recognise that specialist knowledge of many key aspects is necessary, from
design history, planning regulations and business economics to ecosystem ecology
and turf culture techniques. The School of Landscape Architecture is ideally placed
to make a vital contribution to this specialist area of professional expertise."
course will include modules on habitat creation, soil science and course management
and will focus on examples of best - and worst - practice from around the world.
The emphasis will be on how to design attractive and challenging courses in harmony
with existing landscape processes; an ecological and sustainable approach that
reflects the traditional origins of golf course design. Rudd says "In recent
years, with the increased sophistication of machinery, drainage, irrigation and
grassland management, many designers have ceased to work in harmony with the landscape
and increasingly imposed there upon it, very often with disastrous or environmentally
damaging results. The challenge in educating golf course architects is to enable
students to acquire the necessary range of expertise and to provide a foundation
for the development of best practice."
course is underpinned by collaborative partnerships in golf education between
Edinburgh College of Art / Heriot-Watt University, Elmwood College in Fife and
Merrist Wood College. These bring together professional expertise in golf education,
including the contributions of a number of graduates of the School of Landscape
Architecture programme who are now leading golf course architects.
will normally be expected to have a first degree in landscape architecture or
a similar discipline, but applications may be considered, on an individual basis,
from experienced golf course managers, greenkeepers or professionals who have
an equivalent level of expertise. The course is modular and flexible to allow
concentration of studies in particular areas, depending on the prior qualifications
of the candidate. Extensive market research indicates that there will be no difficulty
for graduates to achieve employment in the profession and there are opportunities
further information and to apply for the course which commences in September 200
contact Margaret Dingsdale on +44 (131) 221 6091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.