Latvian club reopens with new identity and new course

The former Saliena Golf Club near Riga, Latvia, has reopened as Jurmala Golf Club & Hotel, with its golf facilities having been completely redesigned by Nicklaus Design.

The project has seen the construction of a new 18-hole course, a nine-hole par three layout and practice areas.

The courses at Saliena Golf Club were originally designed by Finnish golf course architect Pekka Wesaama and opened in 2007. Within a few years, the developers invited Nicklaus Design to study the possibilities for a redesign.

“The initial thought by the client was to renovate the existing golf course,” said Dirk Bouts, senior design associate at Nicklaus Design. “But it became clear to all that the only proper option was to completely redesign and rebuilt the entire golf course.”

Nicklaus worked alongside hospitality design firm WATG to develop the concept to create Jurmala Golf Club & Hotel. Latvian construction firm Modo Golf began work in 2013.

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