The Company :: Some Kind Testimonials



"Over the years I have been fortunate to have received some great accolades from the best in the business, for developments large and small. Click on any of the red links below to see the complete testimonial." Steve Marnoch


Ray Metz
General Manager - Troon Golf

"The Los Barrancos Course at Club de Campo La Zagaleta is one of the finest designs in Europe and the premier layout in all of Spain..."

Ray Metz - General Manager - Troon Golf

The Los Barrancos Course at Club de Campo La Zagaleta is one of the finest designs in Europe and the premier layout in all of Spain. With a spectacular piece of land to work on, Steve Marnoch created a new standard of excellence and quality that reflects a breathtaking setting for the player.

This excellence begins on the first hole, as this tee shot may be one of the most intimidating opening shots in all of golf. Los Barrancos features drastic elevation changes throughout the entire course that constantly places a premium on carrying tee shots down cliffs and over ravines.

After the tee shot, the quality does not stop, as Steve has created green complexes second to none. The collection of Par 3’s that has been designed are spectacular with the highlight being the elevation change and green complex on Hole #10.

I would highly recommend Steve Marnoch and his team of associates to any developer that requires excellence and quality in the standards of golf course design.


Damien Murphy
Golf Course Manager - Los Barrancos Course La Zagaleta

"The “Los Barrancos” course at La Zagaleta was probably one of the most visually impressive sites..."

Damien Murphy - Golf Course Manager - Los Barrancos Course La Zagaleta

The “Los Barrancos” course at La Zagaleta was probably one of the most visually impressive sites provided to the golf course architect Steve Marnoch with the aim to create a playable course that naturally blended into the landscape. What emerged was a stunning course with undulating fairways and generous greens where great care has been taken to provide pleasant surroundings.

The player is presented with many options thereby perfectly illustrating the “risk and reward” design strategy which goes such a long way to making the perfect golf game.

As a private members club, those select few who are lucky enough to receive an invitation to enter through the gates of Club De Campo La Zagaleta are bound to have an experience that can never be repeated.


Martin Thompson
Romiley Golf Club Head Greenkeeper

"Thank-you very much for today my team and myself found it very educational, great ideas..."

Martin Thompson - Romiley Golf Club Head Greenkeeper

“Thank-you very much for today my team and myself found it very educational, great ideas (on the on-going bunker and green surrounds re-construction by the Green Staff)”


Jan Laasche
Member at GC Heelsumse Veld, Netherlands - CEO at GC Hitland, Netherlands

"He gave the golf course a uniqueness and individuality that attracts the right kind of attention..."

Jan Laasche - Member at GC Heelsumse Veld, Netherlands - CEO at GC Hitland, Netherlands

“Steve Marnoch is a very nice man and a golf course architect with many good qualities and abilities. The original plan for renovating GC Heelsumse Veld in The Netherlands was in my opinion over the top and ambitious, ambitious as in mainly for the competitive golfer. Steve managed to put this into perspective to fit both this goal and the playability of the golf course from all levels of play. He incorporated very nice shaped bunkers, waste areas and rough into the course with a great awareness of the original natural environment. He gave the golf course a uniqueness and individuality that attracts (the right kind of) attention. I enjoy the work he has done very much.”


Gert Mulder
Golfbaan manager at Heelsum GC until 2011
Gert MULDER

"Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value ..."

Gert Mulder - Golfbaan manager at Heelsum GC until 2011

“We set ourselves onto a journey that would bring us back in time although within a modern setting. This cryptic description of the project describes the skills and flexibility of Steve to achieve the desired result. We wanted to renovate a blank parkland into a classic heathland style course. We wanted to do this with a fixed budget but without a prefixed detailed design which would be contracted for a fixed fee. We needed old construction methods for this and Steve delivered, We needed creativity and natural shaping and Steve delivered. The greatest and most positive surprise was when the entire work was finished. Not only was it on time and on budget but the total picture that emerged from the separate elements was an added bonus. Designing a golf course is a skill that is shown by many but Steve surpassed that in creating a complete landscape which shows much older and more mature than it really is. The perfect combination of landscape and golf course architecture, challenge and charm. It seems that course developers are looking for the big names these days but that comes at a price. With Steve you get not only the desired results but also a great interactive process that allows for the inclusion of ideas of others involved in the project. Something you never get from a celebrated name.”
August 10, 2011


Menno Pelk
PGA Golf Professional

"Playing De Heelsumse (Golflclub Heelsum) in its transformed style makes the course so pure and natural, it’s a true challenging course..."

Menno Pelk - PGA Golfprofessional - Met vriendelijke groet, Golfschool Heelsumse Veld

"Playing De Heelsumse (Golflclub Heelsum) in its transformed style makes the course so pure and natural, it’s a true challenging course.

The natural turf makes you play your ball as you find it.

The planted pine trees which now mark the fairways, the sand waste area’s combined with new heath make you think twice before playing your next shot.

Now a clear strategy is required during your round in order to score well at any level of ability. The right choice of club is essential.

Now that the green surrounds have been altered a wide variety of shots can be played to get close to the pin. The bump-and-run shot will challenge our members and guests, I suggest dropping the lob wedge and using the gap wedge and this variety is most welcoming.

Heelsum is not a bombers course anymore but made for shot creators who think their way around the course.

Heelsum has become a pleasure to the eye and pleasure to play golf.

As one of the clubs professionals it’s a privilege and pleasure to have such a nice office to work every day…

Playing this design made me curious to go out and play other Steve Marnoch designed courses in the future, but first I want to learn about every square-meter at Heelsum.


Jan Kees van der Velden
Editor-in-chief GOLF MEDIA BV

"I am Jan Kees van der Velden, for more than 15 years the editor-in-chief of GOLFjournaal..."

Jan Kees van der Velden - Editor-in-chief GOLF MEDIA BV

" I am Jan Kees van der Velden, for more than 15 years the editor-in-chief of GOLFjournaal, the official magazine of the Netherlands Golf Federation, GOLFjournaal, by far Holland's biggest golf magazine.

Yesterday I visited GC De Heelsumse and was struck by the changes. I wrote a story on the course and the club in the spring of 2004 and the difference is remarkable.


Gert MULDER
Director Golfbaan Heelsumse Veld
Gert MULDER

"Steve Marnoch is involved in a 27-holes renovation project at Golfbaan Heelsumse Veld since 2008..."

Gert MULDER - Director Golfbaan Heelsumse Veld

"Steve Marnoch is involved in a 27-holes renovation project at Golfbaan Heelsumse Veld since 2008. He is a passionate golf architect with an open mind to the different stake holders. He is valued for his ability not only to design a challenging and attractive golf course but also to integrate the course with its natural surroundings. The golf course blends in nicely with the landscape which is an extra bonus on the result.

He guided us through the difficult process of renovating a golf course. He is capable of adjusting his ideas to the available funds and other project standards without diminishing the final result. We are very pleased with the results up to now.

His work at "Heelsumse Veld" has drawn positive attention from the professional and local press and as a result articles have already been published in Dutch golf magazines with headlers like "Heelsumse Veld becomes a classis".

In particular Steve Marnoch is an architect who has shown to be very able to communicate with other parties such as the investor and contractors and include their input to improve the total project result. We have experienced this to be not a wide spread quality among golf course architects.

We can without any hesitation highly recommend Steve Marnoch as architect for your golf course."


Mark JAMES
Former Ryder Cup Captain Britain & Europe
Mark JAMES

"I worked on the High Legh Club with Steve Marnoch, I found him easy to work with and extremely good at his job..."

Mark JAMES - Former Ryder Cup Captain Britain & Europe

"I worked on the High Legh Club with Steve Marnoch, I found him easy to work with and extremely good at his job. He seems to have a great flair for design and his attention to detail, particularly with regard to the specification and shaping of greens was impressive.

As a professional golfer myself I was delighted to find that he could view the overall design of the holes both from the perspective of the amateur and the tournament professional.

I would not hesitate in recommending Steve for any aspect of golf course design."


Walter WOODS B.E.M.
Walter WOODS

"When St Andrews Links Trust first introduced the first phase of plans to improve the Jubilee Golf course during the 1980tys, Donald Steele was selected as the Architect..."

Walter WOODS B.E.M.

"When St Andrews Links Trust first introduced the first phase of plans to improve the Jubilee Golf course during the 1980tys, Donald Steele was selected as the Architect and he chose Pierson Golf Construction Company to implement.

One of the construction crew was a young teenager Steve Marnoch, whose ambition was to be a Golf Course Architect but wanted to serve an apprenticeship of construction first of all and most importantly observe the techniques of golf course design.

This was my first contact with this young man who from the very beginning impressed me with his ability, along with dedication and hard work.

To be a first class Architect the credentials you require is vision to combine the golf design into the local topography adding character and interest as the golf course develops, Steve Marnoch has all these capabilities, making me certain that he will succeed on any project that comes his way."


Richard BARNES
Course Manager
Richard BARNES

"During 2006 the management here at Kikuoka Country Club, Luxembourg, decided to improve our practice facilities by constructing a 6 hole compact course..."

Richard BARNES - Course Manager

"During 2006 the management here at Kikuoka Country Club, Luxembourg, decided to improve our practice facilities by constructing a 6 hole compact course on the site of an old orchard measuring roughly 2ha.

The first step was to engage the help of a golf course architect. John Pickford, Club Manager, made contact with long time friend Steve Marnoch of golfmarnoch Limited who flew out to see us within a couple of weeks. After spending a few hours with him and talking over all the possibilities we had for the design of the course it was obvious that he was the man for the job.

The original design was for 6 holes measuring between 55 and 90m to include grass greens and tees. As Course Manager I insisted on using synthetic tees, which posed no problem for Steve as he fully understood the maintenance implications of having small grass tees on what is to be an intensively used course. Things however were not so straight forward in the months to come when after looking at different products on the market we decided to use synthetic greens as well. To say Steve was a little skeptical at first might be an under statement but he eventually came round to our way of thinking and agreed with our thoughts and arguments.

In 2007 when everybody was finally happy with the plans they were put out for tender. We were slightly surprised at the variance in quotes received and found it hard to find a company we thought would gives us the best value for money as well as be readily available. Steve suggested the possibility of him over seeing the whole job and employing a project manager/finisher and shaper that he had worked with on many previous projects. We accepted his offer and works started on the 8th August. Dan Ellwood (project manager) and Fred Green (shaper) worked closely with Supatee (suppliers of the synthetic greens and tees) to ensure that we ended up with a top quality compact course for all to enjoy.

Steve was very present and flexible throughout the 8 weeks it took to complete the project, especially seeing as it was the first time he had worked with synthetic greens. During his visits he also helped me in the reshaping of our fairways on the main course giving them better definition and making them more esthetically pleasing.

The course was completed under budget and to a high standard. Everyone here at Kikuoka Country Club is very happy with the result and look forward to the opening in the spring of 2008.

We would like to thank Steve for his professionalism throughout the project and look forward to working with him again in the future."


John PICKFORD
Manager
Egbert MULDER

"I really am satisfied with Steve Marnoch's work as golf course Architecture and wholeheartedly recommend him..."

John PICKFORD - Manager

"I really am satisfied with Steve Marnoch's work as golf course Architecture and wholeheartedly recommend him. Steve made regular site visits and worked very effectively with the project manager in developing a creative design which matched the existing surrounds of an 18 hole Championship golf course and delivered what he promised on time and well within budget. Steve consulted with me and listened to what my goals were, but the best part was Steve's communicating his ideas which were amazing, and things I would not have thought of. He takes all these things, which are basic on their own, but designs in such a way to deliver incredible impact.

If you are thinking of building a golf course then Steve Marnoch can guide you from the initial project on paper to a quality finished product as in Kikuoka Country Club a unique course which I'm sure will bring a lot of pleasure to golfers of all standards."


Egbert MULDER
GMG Golf Management Group
Egbert MULDER

"I have very much enjoyed working alongside Steve Marnoch on the lengthy and very challenging Maastricht International Golf project..."

Egbert MULDER - GMG Golf Management Group

"I have very much enjoyed working alongside Steve Marnoch on the lengthy and very challenging Maastricht International Golf project. Fifteen years in development this is a course that had numerous complex issue not least of which was that it crossed the boundaries of two different countries.

Steve Marnoch has not only designed and created a golf course that since it's opening in May 2007 has been receiving great acclaim but also that in parts already feels well established and matured a great achievement given that originally many parts the site were flat uneventful farmland.

Steve has been a real asset to this international team and has successfully negotiated and mediated the many parties involved. He has followed the design brief he was given and yet Steve has been both determined and firm in his knowledge and experience of how to design and construct the very best golf course whilst also being flexible and approachable in discussion. A true professional."


Jacobo CESTINO
Director
Jacobo CESTINO

"We have been working with G&M Ltd through its design golf courses experience with our Club during the last three years..."

Jacobo CESTINO - Director

"We have been working with G&M Ltd through its design golf courses experience with our Club during the last three years.

Steve Marnoch as a Golf Courses Architect became immediately involved in the challenging project of 'Los Barrancos Golf', our second golf course in La Zagaleta Club de campo, conducting all of the designing works required for the Project.

In addition to this, Steve has been implicated in the progress of the construction work as well as the selection of grass varieties, sands and complete shaping of the land.

G&M Ltd has shown the kind of initiative which is necessary to be successful over a challenging project like this. They have good skills, yet remains focused on the overall needs of the client. I believe they will find out your needs in order to get the golf course you may require."


Salvador GUERRERO RODRIGUEZ

"I, the undersigned, practising lawyer, whose law firm is situated in Marbella, c/Ntra. Senora de Gracia no.4, 2 planta, acting as President of the Committe in charge of building the golf course "LOS BARRANCOS LA ZAGALETA", hereby confirm..."

Salvador GUERRERO RODRIGUEZ

"I, the undersigned, practising lawyer, whose law firm is situated in Marbella, c/Ntra. Senora de Gracia no.4, 2 planta, acting as President of the Committe in charge of building the golf course "LOS BARRANCOS LA ZAGALETA", hereby confirm:

That given the environmental limitations and the orography features of the land where this golf course is situated, the execustion of the project required great commitment on the part of all professionals involved in it. In this aspect, completion of this complex project, which had been considered at first to be non-viable by certain experts, would not have been possible without special endeavour of these professionals.

To serve as avail as need or occasion may require, I issue this certificate in Marbella, on this 20th day of October 2005."


David L THOMAS
Honorary Secretary
Walmersley Golf Club

"I write regarding the design and construction of the three hole extension at Walmersley Golf Club, on Top o' th' Hill, which has recently been completed..."

David L THOMAS - Honorary Secretary

"I write regarding the design and construction of the three hole extension at Walmersley Golf Club, on Top o' th' Hill, which has recently been completed.

On behalf of the Council and Members, I wish to place on record our great satisfaction not only on the design but also the management of the construction. The original works were undertaken to the agreed budget albeit that whilst the works were in progress, we discovered some unforseen issues which had to be dealt with and which increased the costs. However, these were agreed by the Club and I believe the final layout is one with which the members will be extreemely satisfied when they come to play the new holes in 2009.

May I thank you for your design, advice, cooperation and professionalism in dealing with this further development of the Course."


William RIDDLE
Member of La Zagaleta & primary client for the members
Owner of Remedy Oak GC UK & Canford Magna GC UK
William RIDDLE

"My name is William (Bill) Riddle, I am an experienced golf club owner and builder currently owning 2 golf course complexes..."

William RIDDLE - Member of La Zagaleta & primary client for the members
Owner of Remedy Oak GC UK & Canford Magna GC UK

"My name is William (Bill) Riddle, I am an experienced golf club owner and builder currently owning 2 golf course complexes. I have known Steve Marnoch, Director of G&M Ltd both professionally and personally for 6 years. During which time I have found him to be competent and a pleasure to work with. Since their appointment at La Zagaleta I have allowed G&M Ltd the use of my villa on the estate (in my absence) in full knowledge that they would look after my property as their own.

As well as being involved in La Zagaleta, G&M Ltd also designed the original layout for Remedy Oak, my second golf course complex in Dorest.

In 2000 G&M Ltd were appointed following a design competition (against a top class international field) for the design of Los Barrancos La Zagaleta the second course at the presitigious La Zagaleta estate. I have found them to be very professional in their work and regard them as one of the most talented young golf architectural practices currently available.

The reasons for their employment at La Zagaleta were based upon several factors, which were determined to be important for this challenging design contract.

  • There would be two clients; La Zagaleta SL (the owners of the whole site and interested in the residential development) and the existing members of La Zagaleta Golf Club who wish to have a second course to play.
  • The charges for the contract would be split 50/50 between both parties.
  • Up until the appointment of G&M Ltd there were many proposals for the design of the second course including proposals from La Zagaleta SL themselves using their own engineering skilss and knowledge of the site with advice from a Spanish Architect. When the members saw these proposals they were concerned that (for their 50% stake in the course) they would not be getting the best course that could be developed therefore other architects (including international golf architects and members of the European Insitute of the Golf Course Architects) were invited to make their proposals.
  • G&M Ltd submitted a professional sketch proposal for the new course supported by a detailed written description.
  • Due to the quality of their proposal and the care taken to try to fit the golf course within the difficult topography of the site they were chsoen for the work. It was agreed that this type of contract should not be determined on cost as there were too many other important aspects, which determined the final choice of architect.
  • Another factor was that G&M Ltd were made up between Johnathan Gaunt and Steve Marnoch and as the 'practice' consisted of more than one person competent in designing and supervising the construction, it was considered that the enormity and difficulty of the contract would be better handled this way rather than relying on an individual.

I gather that they have been critised for not controlling the budget for construction. I can confirm that the original budget was based upon the previous design for the course as proposed by La Zagaleta SL in conjunction with the negotiations with the contractors Jerezana. This aspect of the works was completely outside the remit and control of G&M Ltd. Their main role was to ensure the quality of the golf course design and construction for the playing members. All financial aspects were then discussed between La Zagaleta and the course members.

What we have seen G&M Ltd create at Los Barrancos is a unique golf course, which despite the huge difficulties of the site is already fitting well within the terrain. In designing and attending throughout the construction G&M Ltd have illustrated that they are a world class design practice being able to deal with not only the golf course design but also the landscape design, the engineering difficulties, ecological issues and also the sometimes delicate political issues that were involved during the contract.

Due to the need to liaise with the Spanish engineering firm Marbella Engineeros, G&M Ltd had to appease the engineers, the consultant ecologist Pedro Milan and both Clients.

As the contractors were also appointed (in negotiation with La Zagaleta SL) prior to the architects completely resolving their design work it can be said that the design was an ever-moving process. Even up to some months ago there were still holes within the layout that had to be completely redesigned due to the engineering constraints making access to previously designed holes impossible. This naturally led to delays and additional costs which although unwelcome were not due to the architects but were a net result of;

a) creating a golf course in such extreme terrain and
b) not having fully resolved the design work before the contractors were appointed and brought on site.

G&M Ltd have shown that they can design extremely attractive golf holes within difficult sites. When visiting the course one can see that their skills as landscape architects have blended well with those as golf course architects in achieveing this combination of the hard engineering requirements of the construction with the softer more natural pre-requisites for a golf course.

In addition to the full set of golf course construction drawings, G&M Ltd were asked to provide a fully detailed landscaping proposal using native plant species and their proposals have formed the basis of the site reforestation programme to re-vegetate the areas damaged during construction. Their drawings are professional and clear.

What we have seen in the detailed design on the new course is a refreshing approach to golf architecture not frightened by the challenges of the site but almost using those difficulties to explore new solutions and in doing so introduce a more classic character to the golf course design which has been lost in many of the courses so typical of Spanish Costa's. Hole #18 for example, (in my view the best on the course) will provide the members with great enjoyment and challenge at the end of the round. The G&M Ltd 'risk and reward' design strategy is also very well illustrated on holes #3, #4, #5, #9 and #16.

The overall design of the course is interesting, fresh and unique and not stereotypically golf course architectural. The design of the individual pin positions on the greens, the contouring and bunkering positioning and strategy of each hole will give the members huge enjoyment and I believe the new course will soon become the preference over the old course designed by Bradford Benz.

Another difficulty facing G&M Ltd was the specific requirements from us as members.

In general the standard of golf at La Zagaleta is not high however there are some single figure players who demand a more challenging course. Specifically we demanded fairways as wide as possible, which would enable a greenkeeper to create areas of semi-rough and rough outside of the fairways areas. This obviously had huge engineering and cost implications when designing in this setting. The need to make the course playable for the weaker players conflicted with the ecological constraints and protected zones in river valleys therefore forced carries over Barrancas were inevitable however, the architects have generally made the course playable for all standards of player by considering alternative tee positions and more reasonable routes to the fairways and yet not making the challenge any easier for the better players.

One aspect, which was essential for the new course was a decent practice facility. The new practice range is stunning and given that access to the Clubhouse is via a tunnel underneath the driving range this illustrates the ingenuity of the designers in maximising the available space. Futhermore, the design of the practice range enabled the excess materials from the course earthworks to be deposited making the construction more economical. The range alone will make the new course more popular than the existing allowing the complete range of golf shots to be practiced whilst taking in stunning views of the course.

The views from the Clubhouse are dramatic and I am not aware of another course wher so many greens and fairways can be seen from one position.

The construction period has not been easy and despite there being several changes to the Spanish construction management staff, Steve Marnoch has maintained a constant site supervision every two weeks during the construction period, supplemented during the latter stages by their Spanish speaking Project Manager, Mr Daniel Ellwood.

Even down to the design of the routing for the buggy track G&M Ltd have put huge effort into incorporating the track within the landscape without making it too dominant an element which would detract from the actual design and playability of the course.

I sincerely believe that the design of this course on this site with these constraints has been a great achievement.

The design of what I believe will be a stunning new course whilst largely repairing the inevitable scarring on the landscape is a gift and although I am sure Steve would not wish to be typecast for the creation of courses in this style of lanscape for the future I would have no hestitation in recommending him and G&M Ltd for any golf course development at any scale.

Not a person to hide from confrontation Steve Marnoch has exhibited a tenacity of character and great inherit love for what he does in creating this course and overcoming the difficulties of this appointment. he and his co-director Johnathan Gaunt should be congratulated for their achievements, the new course at Los Barrancos La Zagaleta will be a great addition to their ever-growing portfolio of world class golf course developments.

In some ways this conract has ran for so long and had so may difficulties, twists and turns that a written reference cannot do justice to the architects in charge. Therefore I have no objection whatsoever to you making direct contact with me to discuss any aspect of the works at La Zagaleta or the appointment of G&M Ltd."


Peter CASEY
Chairman of The Casey Group Limited
Peter CASEY

"Steve joined the company as a young Landscape Architect and was put in charge of our Golf Course Division at that time..."

Peter CASEY - Chairman of The Casey Group Limited

"Steve joined the company as a young Landscape Architect and was put in charge of our Golf Course Division at that time. He had responsibility for numerous submissions on cases involving golf courses. The most successful of which was Beal Valley, where an area of some 200 acres of low lying, scrubby farmland was to be the location of an inert landfill site followed by sculpturing of the final surface to provide an 18 hole golf course. I can only describe Steve as an inventive, hardworking architect with much flair.."

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