Gaunt Golf Design combines experience and knowledge of golf course design with a passion for the game. We offer a comprehensive range of services from the design of completely new golf courses, to individual smaller projects, such as new greens, tees, bunkers, water features and/or golf course restoration/audits/reviews.

We provide specialist advice on:

  • New courses – 9-holes, 18-holes, academy courses, pitch & putt courses and par-3 courses
  • Course extensions/redesign/reconstruction
  • Bunker remodelling and new construction
  • Practice facilities – driving ranges, short game practice areas, putting/chipping green
  • Soil importation projects (landfill) and reclamation of coalmining, quarrying and refuse sites
  • Expert witness/specialist consultancy and advice

New Courses

When you make an initial, no-obligation telephone call to Jonathan Gaunt and you will immediately understand why so many developers choose Gaunt Golf Design. Straight talking and knowledgeable with considerable experience of this specialist area, Jonathan will reassure you and be able to set up a team for:

  • Masterplanning
  • The securing of land ownership where necessary
  • Water sourcing and supply
  • Development consent / planning permission
  • Advice on funding the development
  • Physical site assessments
  • Budget cost estimations

A golf course designed by Gaunt Golf Design will be inspired in part by the existing topography and natural surroundings. Jonathan’s golf courses are designed with the landscape in mind.

Our company philosophy on golf course design is simple – creating golf courses that are designed to make the golfer think – which are strategically conceived, challenging to play and visually attractive – for the enjoyment of all who play them.

Each design is bold, yet respects tradition, drawing inspiration from some of the greatest golf courses of the early 20th century – designed by the best British golf course architects of the “Golden Age”. Because of the wide variety of projects we have worked on, we have learnt to be very adaptable and flexible in our approach to the design of every new golf course.

Individual, hand-drawn designs form the initial masterplan based upon the findings of the preliminary research. This provides stimulus for the development team and sets out options for the golf course design.

Following client consultation, these designs are then honed to create a final working masterplan, in CAD format, for submission as a planning application for development permits. 

The design process does not end with the handover of drawings. A golf course has to grow into its design.

Gaunt Golf Design builds a specialist team for each individual project and has a long, successful track record in project management.

We prepare contracts, tender documents and bills of quantities, which form the basis of negotiations with specialist contractors and shapers. 

If local skills and expertise are available, we prefer to use them. If not, we will bring them in.

As author of the course design, Jonathan Gaunt will make regular site inspections throughout the construction period, producing detailed site reports and signing off work as it is completed.

Construction related duties:

  • Preparation of specifications for all aspects of construction
  • Preparation of contract/tender documentation including bills of quantities
  • Advising clients on the choice of contractor/supply of project manager
  • Liaising with clients regarding appointment of course superintendent
  • Advice on the appointment of specialist shapers
  • Site inspection visits by the golf course architect throughout construction phase
  • Certification and approval of work undertaken and valuations provided by contractors
  • On-site design sketches
  • Detailed written site reports
  • Course extensions

Bunker Remodelling / Redesign

Jonathan Gaunt has advised more than 220 existing golf clubs throughout Europe. He has undertaken numerous course audits, reviews and restoration work at courses originally designed by some of the greatest golf course architects of their era, for example, Harry Colt, Alister MacKenzie, Tom Simpson, John Abercromby, James Braid or Willie Park jnr..

At many courses where Jonathan has advised it is possible to see excellent examples of this specialist kind of sympathetic restoration work – taking into account the original architect’s design intentions, whilst remaining focused upon the needs of modern players. 

 All courses present different design challenges – as they often have very different styles – some more “natural-looking”, whereas others are more “maintained” and sharp-edged. Many of the characteristics of the original design can be seen in old aerial black and white photographs on the walls of the clubhouse or in the club’s archives – they provide excellent reference points before we undertake our design work. 

Practice Facilities


At the heart of every one of our golf course projects is the practice facility and this may be a driving range, a short game practice area and a putting and chipping green. This is the first step for any new golfer seeking coaching/training or any accomplished player, fine-tuning/honing his/her game. We work with numerous golf professionals in developing our imaginative designs for these important facilities and aim to provide the golfer with the opportunity to practice every shot possible.

Soil Importation Projects

New residential, commercial and road/rail infrastructure projects generate a great deal of inert excavated subsoil material (fill), which, when used sustainably, can be re-used to create new golf course features. Landfill (soil importation) is underrated as a means of building golf courses – when a golf architect is involved from the start of the project – rather than bringing one in once all the landfill has been placed is the key to the success of this kind of golf course remodelling.

Expert Witness Specialist Consultancy Advice

Whether you need advice on irrigation design/hydrology or need to audit your course for possible improvements, Gaunt Golf Design can help. Chances are, we have encountered your kind of problem before and we will use our extensive knowledge to resolve it efficiently and accurately. We bring in associate specialists for: 

  • Environmental impact assessments (EIAs) – we bring in specialist ecologists, arborists,   hydrologists, archaeologists, etc.
  • Irrigation design/hydrological assessments/abstraction licence applications – we bring in   specialist hydrological and drainage engineers
  • Agronomic advice – on matters relating to drainage and soils
  • Legal advice including expert witness (Jonathan attends tribunals, public and planning   inquiries and consultations, including safety advice)
  • Specialist planning consultants for planning application submissions