Trump links architect starts own design company


Danish golf course architect Caspar Grauballe who has just finished working on the much anticipated and greatly reviewed Trump International Golf Links Scotland has decided to start his own company - Golf Course Architecture by Caspar based in Denmark.

Caspar has worked as Hawtree Ltd. representative and lead architect on projects in Scandinavia, Northern Europe, and in the Far East.

Grauballe explains: “I have been associated with Hawtree Ltd. for 15 fantastic years and I have had a terrific mentor in Martin Hawtree. After working almost full time in two years on the completion of The Trump International Golf Links Scotland I believe it is time to start my own company.

"I have had the pleasure to work within all aspects of golf course architecture from small renovations and restorations to large scale new course projects across the world.

"My primary focus has been on historic and classic golf courses from the beginning of the 19th century and I have always been fascinated by the golf course architects from that time period especially Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie, Hugh Alison, James Braid and Frederick G. Hawtree.

Besides the highly promoted Trump International Golf Links Scotland, Caspar has together with Martin Hawtree been working  on outstanding courses like Ballybunion, Portmarnock and Lahinch and Royal Aberdeen.

The new company will still have close working relations with Hawtree Ltd. to serve clients under the Hawtree name.

However Caspar will, for the next couple of years, be remembered as one of the architects behind Trump International Golf Links Scotland and his close collaboration with Donald Trump.

“Working with Donald Trump has been great, he has provided what can only be described as the perfect canvas to create a golf course on and given us almost free hands in designing the course” says Caspar.

Trump has nothing but praise for Grauballe, predicting he will become "one of his generation´s great golf course architects."

He added:“I got to know Caspar during his 10 years working with Martin Hawtree. Caspar is a dedicated and highly professional golf course architect and a master craftsman.

"He has an in depth understanding of the game of golf and what it takes to make a golf course that challenges and inspires every player, from the beginner to the best pro.

"He has an eye of an artist and at the same time the ability to create a spectacular course that looks natural in its environment. He has a strong ability to make the most of the site and expanding on that to take it to the highest level without losing the inherent benefit of that particular piece of land.

"He listens to ideas and gives professional and honest feedback on them. The feedback is always constructive and based on his strong experience combined with his relentless quest for the optimal playability and appearance of the course."