0 TPL to construct new golf academy at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium

MASTERPLAN PS JPEGInnovative 9-hole course will be part of the huge Luzhniki Olympic Complex, Russia, Europe's largest sports centre

Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the golf course design practice founded by five-times Open Champion Peter Thomson with partners Ross Perrett and Tim Lobb, has announced work will commence on the new golf academy at Moscow's Luzhniki Olympic Complex in the spring.

The golf academy will feature an innovative 9-hole par-3 golf course design, with six of the holes sharing two large splash-shaped greens, a driving range and a practice putting area plus a spacious clubhouse with indoor golf simulators.

TPL principal Tim Lobb said: "To be working on a project that will add another dimension to an already huge sporting complex, and at a venue that could also host some of the games during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is hugely exciting.

"We've concentrated on creating a golf facility that will be fun for all the family, and enable the people of Moscow to experience and learn to play golf in a relaxed environment that everyone can enjoy."

The golf academy is an important development for both Russia and its capital city. It is the closest golf facility to the city centre and further enhances the Luzhniki Complex, which played host to the Olympics in 1980, already boasts facilities for more than 40 different sports and attracts five million visits per year.

"TPL has an excellent understanding of designing golf experiences that appeal to players in new markets, and I'm confident we will create an academy that compliments existing sporting facilities on site and showcases golf to this emerging market," added Tim.

Dimitry Aleshin, Deputy Director of Development and Commercial Affairs of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, said: "TPL's design will create a welcome addition to the sporting facilities at the Luzhniki Complex. As Moscow's first city centre golf academy I'm certain it will be well received and encourage more people to take up the sport."

For further information about the Luzhniki Olympic Complex project and other TPL projects around the world, visit the company's website at www.tpl.eu.com

Picture Caption: Aerial view of the groundbreaking project in the heart of Moscow. Work will begin in the spring.

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