Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019

New EIGCA President to focus on the future of golf and its health benefits

Christoph Städler of Städler Golf Courses has become the 11th President of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA).

Officially appointed at the President’s Dinner on 1st May during the 2019 Annual Meeting in Paris, Christoph pledged to work with the new EIGCA Council to set the course for an economically sustainable future for golf and to champion the health benefits of the sport.

Christoph said: “As golf course architects we are fundamental to the successful future of golf. Not only must we use our expertise to design tailor-made sustainable golf courses which are in line with market demands, but we must also design golf courses that are faster and more fun to play so they appeal to current golfers and attract new players. It is our creative solutions which will ensure golf is an enjoyable pastime for many years to come.”

Through their designs, golf course architects have an important role in encouraging people to take more exercise and benefit from the ways in which golf contributes to a healthy mind and body. Christoph made a rallying plea to EIGCA members to incorporate elements in their designs which are mentally stimulating and physically challenging to encourage more players to take up the sport.

From L to R, Ross McMurray, Christoph Städler, Tim Lobb

From L to R, Ross McMurray, Christoph Städler, Tim Lobb

Christoph succeeds Ross McMurray of European Golf Design and will serve for a two-year term. Tim Lobb of Lobb + Partners succeeds Christoph as Vice-President.

At the mid-week Annual General Meeting, three new Council members were elected to serve a two year-term: Paul Kimber of Kimber & Glen in Scotland, Christian Lundin of (re)Golf in Sweden and Gareth Williams of Faldo Design in England, who join five incumbent Council members:

  • Christoph Städler, Städler Golf Courses (Germany)
  • Niall Glen, Kimber & Glen (Scotland)
  • Caspar Grauballe, by Caspar ApS (Denmark)
  • Gary Johnston, European Golf Design (England)
  • Tim Lobb, Lobb + Partners (England)

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