GOLF COURSE

ARCHITECTURE

we will build an awesome golf course

Since 1994, we offer a complete solution to golf course architecture and construction projects.

RECENT PROJECTS

NAVARRENX

GOLF CLUB

FRANCE

TEELAL

GOLF COURSE

MOROCCO

OUR SERVICES

we offer a complete service

We offer a complete service and all-inclusive solution, from consultancy, to planning, to construction.

Nicolas Joakimides’ team dedicate themself entirely to their work. Managing the consultancy and design planning, Nicolas has a full-scope understanding of projects. And carrying out the landscaping works with his team allows him to be on site full time to structure and supervise the building of the course.

I stay on average 100 days on site for an 18-hole golf course.

Consultancy

Land Choice, Site Audit, Project Scope

Every project is interesting : Renovations, modifications or building from scratch.
Our experience allows us to advise you.
Sometimes the best land suited for the golf course is not the one you were thinking about.

Planning

Master Plan Design, Costs

Only after we spend a good amount of time on site, we will start working on the master plan so you can visualize where we are going.
Once we agreed on the final plan, we will be able to know the exact cost and we will commit to it.

Shaping

Greens, Fairways, Bunkers and Tees

Designing a golf course is great, and the shaper you work with is very important too. As designers, we need someone who have a good knowledge of the game and the greatest courses on the planet. This is why we decided to shape all the greens, bunkers and tees ourselves.

OUR PROCESS

1

Discovery
phase

We discuss to understand what is the project, the land, the area, the authorizations, the data.

2

Feasability
study

We visit the site, we study the soil, surveyor who comes if the client does not have a plan, administrative procedures to build a file for authorization.

3

Architecture
design

We lay out the architecture plans of the golf course, hand-made, computer plan, 3D, simulation.

4

Obtaining
authorizations

We build a document to obtain all necessary construction authorizations.

5

Golf course
development

We carry out the construction works with follow-up during the whole course of the work site.

6

golf
course
delivery

The construction is finished. We are now mowing the grass for you, until your team is ready to take care of it.
We like, at that point, to meet the green-keeper chosen to talk about how we see the maintenance of this place.
The course will be very soon open to play!

A word from Nicolas

Because I have been playing on Tour and also teaching golf for over 20 years, I am totally aware of how the game is played from beginners to Tour players and how a & golf course could be designed for all.

media
recognition

Vietnam golf
magazine

Golf club
atlas

Navarrenx
Golf Club

Teelal golf
course

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NICOLAS JOAKIMIDES
French PGA Member: 0499

M : njwebsite@hotmail.com
T : 0084(0)586047362

NJ Golf Design
Fr-Company
Siret 401 133 154 000 45
Established date :01 01/1994

A : Lakeview villa
Hoang Huu Nam Street
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

ABOUT

US

total investment,
original ideas

Nicolas Joakimides and his team dedicate themself entirely to the work.

From planning to carrying out the landscaping works ourself allows us to be on site full time to supervise the building of the course.

A bouncing ball on a firm ground, the wind, contours, slopes, punchbowl greens, options, uneven lies, deep bunkers…

what is
a fun golf
shot?

A short put with a lot of break.

A long putt with two or three different slopes.

A chip that passes the hole and dribbles back to the pin.

A lob shot to a flag tucked behind a monster bunker.

A 30 yards shot off the green you could either putt, lob or bump and run.

A front protected green that can be reach with a low shot using the sides contours.

Experiencing different lies and weird stance in a sand trap.

A long carry (« fly..fly .. ») over a hazard or a tree to shortcut the hole.

what is
a fun golf shot?

A short put with a lot of break.

A long putt with two or three different slopes.

A chip that passes the hole and dribbles back to the pin.

A lob shot to a flag tucked behind a monster bunker.

A 30 yards shot off the green you could either putt, lob or bump and run.

A front protected green that can be reach with a low shot using the sides contours.

Experiencing different lies and weird stance in a sand trap.

A long carry (« fly..fly .. ») over a hazard or a tree to shortcut the hole.

A word from Nicolas

dedication
and creativity

“Because I have been playing on Tour and also teaching golf for over 20 years, I am totally aware of how the game is played from beginners to Tour players and how a golf course could be designed for all.

I can design all type of golf courses. However I think the best course is the one that will closely follow the land…

The ecological aspect is naturally integrated into the design and can be fully implemented if needed.

I can certainly do a very impressive and unique course. I can introduce in the design some very impressive elements that have never been seen before! And all this can be done for a reasonable budget.

I am totally involved in my projects: I usually do 100 days of construction follow-up / 18 holes.

I am a shaper as well. This means I will be on site everyday to build greens , bunkers and also making sure the course is perfectly finished…

But maybe the best reason for hiring me is that I am passionate about golf and design.

That’s what I love to do !”

In the confidential guide to golf course ( by Tom Doak) ,my latest design in Morocco gets a 7/10 and is vastly appreciated by the american golf design specialists !

I played Teelal with Ran Morrisset and Joe Andriole ; I am very proud of what they said a few times during the round : « Have you ever seen a green like that before ? » No, I haven’t !

It’s a nice compliment …because these guys have seen so many golf courses in their lives !

his career

Born in 1973 in Paris, I start playing golf at 13 with my grandmother, in the age of Persimmon wood and metal spikes. I was immediately hooked. I filled my school books and any scraps of paper I could find with sketches of golf holes.

By the age of 18 I had a 0 handicap and turned professional at 20. Following an excellent fourth season, when I ranked 6 on the Challenge tour, I qualified to play the full season on the 1998 European Tour- an amazing experience playing on great courses with golf greats including Bjorn,Cabrera,Van de Velde….and many more.

My carrer in golf design started in 2004 with Golf du Troncq in Normandie , a nine hole private course which gave me my first experience of creating a course specifically tailored to the topography of the land wich proved to be an unforgettable experience wich became my passion second only to playing golf.

1986 first swing – 1992 French amateur champion – 1993 Pro first swing

15 wins

1995 Omnium national

1996 Open de Dijon – Open d’Albi

1998 16th at the french Open – Challenge Tour Grand final (Portugal)

2002 Open de Bretagne

2005 Open de Madagascar

2008 Grand prix PGA France( Médoc)

2009 Allianz tour Final (Barbaroux)

2011 Open de Méribel

2012 Internationaux de France (Lys) – Open de Normandie

2018 PGA France French champion

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project

Nicolas Joakimides

NAVARRENX

GOLF CLUB (FRANCE)

– 27 hole golf course, training center & 14 hole putting course, on a beautiful piece of property with old trees and creek.

PRESS REVIEW

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Construction began in 2014 after owner Jean-Francois Cabarrouy chose Nicolas Joakimides to design the course, with the aim of following the thirteen principles laid out by Dr Alister MacKenzie in his book Golf Architecture.

Originally, the plan was for a par 71 course, but as the project progressed the design of the course altered the par to 72. The owner asked us to help them with shaping – I shaped on 15 days in September, we did all the bunkers on the front nine.

The back nine was built first and opened in April 2017 – We have played the course several times and we are happy with the results. It’s a great feeling to play the shots we visualized for so long. The feedback from the players has been excellent. We have also played a few times with fellow teaching pros who said it is a course that everyone can enjoy.

Every evening, after our shaping work, we would practice or play nine holes. We spend a lot of time around the chipping green. We are happy to see it really works well. You can really practice all the shots under 60 yards.

There is a lot of short grass around the greens except on the tenth – which is surrounded with sand – and hole thirteen, where there is a creek to cross. Our aim was so players can play safe or to use the slopes to get on the green.

Hole ten is visually impressive from the clubhouse – a long par four that plays downhill with an island green.

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project

Nicolas Joakimides

TEELAL

GOLF CLUB (MOROCCO)

18 holes golf course plays on pure sand and close to the beach.

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

On the north-est part of Morocco, this 18 holes golf course plays on pure sand and close to the beach. This links course will have a wild look with plenty of bared sand, beach grass, brooms and blow-out bunkers.

It is playable for all with no ball-searching, no lost balls, no water hazard, no rough, very few bunkers (only 34), wide fairways (60 yards) and beach sand everywhere when you miss.

There is plenty of short grass around the greens, no forced carry but also slopes and rolling hills that helps average shots. It is the easiest course in the world to walk;

The land is flat and undulated. Distance between green and next tee is very short.

Ideal course for women: Short to play and walk. I wanted them to be able to reach par 4 and 5 in regulation and have birdie putts.

It’s a walking only policy and it plays fast because of all these characteristics combined.
Creativity and variety is favored with uneven lines, undulated greens and the everyday gentle breeze.

Elevated greens (5 in total) and punch ball greens (6 in total) play a part too.
Strategy also plays an important role with bunkers in the line of play, split fairway (hole 12) and fairways with a much better side for the next shot (holes 3,6,12,15,16 and 18)

Fun course also because the 2nd and third holes are drivable par 4. Then holes 9, 11 and 15 are reachable par 5.
I decided to shape it myself so I would be sure about the result.
We delivered a beautiful, friendly and exciting course, favoring creativity and strategy.

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