Transforming a golf course into an integrated community
This masterplan project converted an 18-hole golf course into a residential community (with a refreshed 9-hole golf course). The transformation from golf course to built environment meant a rethink of the landscape – and the course was totally reshaped to fit its new purpose. Water management was a further challenge – a golf course’s flood storage requirements are very different to those of a residential community.
Comprising of 27 holes, RACV Royal Pines Resort has three unique 18-hole combination golf courses, including the Graham Marsh re-designed Championship course which hosts the Australian PGA Championship and the RACV Australian Ladies Masters.
We took an eco-responsive approach to water management across the site. For landscape purposes, we introduced biofiltration, detention, harvesting and effluent reuse mechanisms. Existing vegetation was preserved where possible and new earth profiling and water elements now provide both visual interest and golfing challenges.
Hold Golf Course
Lot Residential Community
Graham Marsh (new golf course)
The landscape character reflects the style of the resort with the use of bluestone walls and hoop pines. Residential precincts are connected via the use of green open space and pedestrian links. The new course was shaped to preserve stands of existing vegetation with the earth profiling and water elements providing both visual interest and a golfing challenge; a feature of the design layout.