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Greg

Greg Turner

From his origins as an elite amateur in New Zealand, competing in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1982 and 1984, Greg became a professional and spent 18 years on the world’s golf stage, winning 12 events internationally (including 4 in Europe, 3 in Australia, 2 NZ Opens and a NZPGA). He represented NZ on numerous occasions at World and Dunhill Cups, Australasia in the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Challenge and was a member of the victorious International Team in the 1998 Presidents Cup.

Always fascinated by the contribution (or lack of it!) of design to the challenge and enjoyment of the game in general and an individual course in particular, he started preparing for a career in design whilst still competing in the mid 1990s, initially taking some modest renovation and consuting assignments. From those beginnnings he began a career as a designer upon retirement from the professional game in 2004. For a successful professional player to allow his name to be used as designer is not unusual. For a professional player to actually be a designer is less usual, with a few notable exceptions.

Greg now brings the expertise gained through this period, a strong domestic and international reputation on the sporting stage and an extensive array of relationships with both print and broadcast media. His friendship with a number of the leading golfers around the world also guarantees an unparalleled level of interest (and therefore attention) in his designs.

From that modest beginning, Greg has now established a remarkable superior body of work on the ground. Sometimes working in collaboration with others he has been engaged in numerous new design, redesign and modification projects.

Additionally Greg is a tireless supporter of the game of golf. With this hat on he has had many roles - from establishing a development tour in New Zealand (GTNZ, which went on to become the Charles Tour), has published numerous articles in many publications, and is very committed to a strategy for promoting New Zealand as a superior Golf Destination for international travellers; a goal that requires both upgrading of many existing facilities to meet the required standard, and widespread international promotion.

Current works in progress:

Royal Wellington Golf Club, Heretaunga - New Zealand.

This august and highly esteemed Club and Course has from time to time upgraded and modernised their highly-regarded Parkland course in keeping with the tradition of each generation of Members leaving improvements for the next. On this ocassion, the Club began investigating options in 2006, appointing TMGD as the course Architects in 2009. Work is well underway, with the total renovation of the Championship 18 and practice facilities due to be fully in play in 2013, and the remaining 9 holes scheduled for upgrade in the near future.

The Russley Golf Club, Christchurch - New Zealand.

Greg has been the appointed Master Planner at the Russley for some time. TMGD completed a rebuiild of the 18th Green there in 2005. Recent major changes to the surrounding road infrastructure have required the Club to reroute part of the course to accomodate the loss of some land without loss of overall length, variety and quality of the course. Designs are approved and construction ready to go once roadworks commence.

Gibbston Valley Station, Wakatipu - New Zealand.

Acquired by a group of far-sighted investors, the iconic Gibbston Valley Winery and Restaurant forms the core of a soon to be developed Golf, Wine and Adventure destination centred in the Gibbston Valley. An new 18 hole golf course, unique in character and reflecting the stunning natural beauty of the region is designed and ready to go.



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