Thomson Perrett active around the world

International golf course architecture firm, Thomson Perrett, which was established in 1965 by 5 times British Open winner Peter Thomson and now led by Head Designer and Managing Director Ross Perrett, is busy on the international stage with current projects in China, Dubai, Egypt, United Kingdom, Vietnam and Australia.

In China, Thomson Perrett are very busy with a number of projects including 36 holes in Qinzhou, 18 holes in Dalian, 36 holes in Luohe, 18 on Hainan Island, 36 holes in Wujiang and 18 in Xian. Having already completed 10 courses in China this current round of course will cement Thomson’s Perrett’s position as one of China’s leading golf course designers.

In Dubai, Thomson Perrett Lobb, Thomson Perrett’s London based practice, has begun work at the Emirates Golf Club, where they will modernise its flagship Majlis Course, the home of the Dubai Desert Classic. Also the first course at Dubai Golf City, an exciting 5 course development is nearing completion. Thomson Perrett Lobb is also active in Egypt with 2 courses under construction – one on the Red Sea and another in Cairo overlooking the Giza Pyramids. The Giza course is being built in a limestone quarry and will have spectacular holes.

On the home front, in partnership with the Bann Lynch Golf Academy and golfers Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appelby and Paul Sheehan, Thomson Perrett have recently taken over the management of the Yarra Bend Golf Course, just 4kms outside the Melbourne CBD. The project is set to be one of Australia’s great multi-purpose public golf facilities.

Also in Australia, Thomson Perrett are working on new course at Silverwoods in Yarrawonga, a new 18 hole development in Beveridge, and the redevelopment of Sale Golf Club.

These current projects follow the recent openings of new courses in Hamilton Island, Ballarat and Antalya, Turkey, and clearly demonstrate that Thomson Perrett is a truly international company.

Commenting on the impact of the global financial crisis, Ross Perrett said “The world’s financial troubles have definitely taken their toll on golf development, and in most parts of the world, golf has slowed down dramatically. But fortunately for Thomson Perrett, we have established ourselves over a long period of time as an international practice with international recognition, and as a result, we continue to work on exciting new courses in areas that are booming. Our firm has worked on over 100 projects in Asia which gives our clients a lot of confidence.”

In relation to the hot spots in world golf, Ross said “China is developing steadily and we expect this to continue for some time yet. India has been slow to get moving but has a lot of potential. “

Thomson Perrett has offices in Melbourne, Beijing and London.