All of the students attended and participated in the golf and various other networking events during the Annual Meeting so, with introductions already done, the workshop began with Julia and Wendy giving a presentation on the structure of the EIGCA and giving the students access to their online Moodle accounts which will help to guide them through their next two years of learning.
After lunch EIGCA Education Board member Neil White presented a lecture on Safety Parameters and Routing Layout and the students were immediately asked to put the theory into practice by beginning a design layout exercise for a 9 hole course.
Day 2 began with a lecture from Niall Glen who introduced the students to Site Analysis and Presentation Techniques before they then spent most of the remainder of the day working up their designs under critique by the tutors. At this workshop we were fortunate to have Mark Adam, EIGCA Past President, as our host. In the afternoon he gave us an insightful presentation about the history of the development of Golf de Saint-Marc and with that information at the forefront of their minds the students closed out day two by playing a few holes on the course.
Weary Students, (and tutors!) began the final day talking about the Principles of Strategic Golf Design and a reminder to the students to consider this aspect of the design process very carefully. It is easy to overlook its importance when you are learning about, and incorporating, all the other elements of the design process. Students were asked to review their work prior to submission to ensure that, at the end of the process, the golf holes that they are presenting are still the interesting designs that they conceived at the outset.
To close out the workshop the students were introduced to the term 1 assignments which they will now go away and work on. Sincere thanks must go to Mark Adam for allowing us the use of his facility at Golf de Saint-Marc and for hosting us throughout the 3 days. By all accounts the students had a great week in Paris and the bar has been set high for the upcoming workshops!
Workshop no.2 will take place in mid-October and we look forward to hosting this workshop in Ayrshire, Scotland where students will be able to immerse themselves in a links golf environment whilst learning about the purest form of the game.