Golf course projects

Tara Iti

Architect: Tom Doak – Renaissance Golf Design
Role: Finish shaping / A little shaping
Team: Brian Slawnik, Kye Goalby, Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Clyde Johnson and Pete Zarlengo


Tara Iti occupies a sandy site on the Te Arai coast 1.5 hours north of Auckland. Formerly a pine forest, Tom and Brian Slawnik trawled through the dense forest putting the final pieces of the routing together. Once areas of the forest were cleared, shaping and fine shaping got underway to create an artistic links style course. The views and setting are likely enough to please most but the engaging design and variety of greens will appeal to anyone with an interest in golf course architecture. The course is currently ranked #27 in the world by Golf Magazine.

National Golf Club – Gunnamatta Course

Architect: Tom Doak – Renaissance Golf Design
Role: Masterplan / Shaping / Green’s finishing
Team: Brian Schneider, Clyde Johnson, Brian Slawnik and Blake Conant


A redesign of the original Ocean Course at the National Golf Club in Australia. The new routing consists of five holes playing over new ground, a number of new green sites on existing holes while the greens on all remaining holes were rebuilt. A feature of the new design is three shorter holes that play towards the ocean. Many of the new greens are located in bowls that allow for creative play off back stops and feeding slopes. The course has recently been ranked #10 in the country by Golf Australia Magazine.

7 Mile Beach

Architect: Mike DeVries & Mike Clayton
Role: Shaping / some Finish work
Team: Mike DeVries, Mike Clayton, Lukas Michel and Jurrian Van Der Vaart


7 Mile Beach is a new golf course awaiting opening, just minutes from Hobart Airport. The course is the brainchild of former Australian golfer and proud Tasmanian, Mat Goggin. The beautiful and dramatic site features some large dunes and glorious views in all directions. Architects, Mike DeVries and Mike Clayton, worked hard to rid the course of the pines that once dominated it and take advantage of site’s wonderful features.