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"Seeing your designs in play and being appreciated is a great thrill - whether it's the Tiger, the Golden Bear, or the Shark preparing for a tournament on the clubhouse chipping green at The Australian, or the hundreds of juniors and seniors delighting with their short game on a packed Sunday at the Southern Cross Pitch and Putt."









"Selective elements of varying character, appropriate to the setting, seamlessly blended with skill can often yield the most enjoyable, yet challenging courses."































 Full member of

  • The Society of Australian Golf Course Architects

Golf Course Architecture Enviro Links Design Pty Ltd


Enviro Links Design offer a 'one stop' golf course design and vegetation/environment service tailored to suit specific course construction and maintenance budgets, and target player markets. Our preferred approach is thorough design resolution with comprehensively detailed plans and specifications for overall design and construction cost efficiency. Tight project control to fulfil client objectives on time and on budget, yet yielding successful, strategic and sustainable golfing solutions, is a feature of our service.

Our integrated golf course design service and related specialist services include:

  • Golf Course Architecture including
    • Master planning, detail design/documentation and costing of new championship course layouts;
    • Course Master Plans for existing Club and Resort courses or integrating new developments
    • Remodelling design to enhance existing course layouts, strategy and safety including greens, bunkering, mounding, tees, cart paths or vegetation;
    • Designing new Pitch and Putt and upgraded practice facilities;
  • Safety enhancement proposals and safety audits.
  • Golf resort, eco-tourism and estate conceptual planning
  • Costing and Feasibility Studies
  • Course Assessments e.g. safety, routing, circulation, environmental and other design needs and quality evaluation to assist due diligence prior to course acquisition purchase. Also review further value-added development opportunities within the site if required.
  • Water management and creative conservation design of wetlands, cascades, drainage remediation works, water storage lakes and water harvesting strategically integrated into the course layout
  • Vegetation Management, Landscape Design and Environmental Planning
  • Construction Supervision and Management

Gungahlin Lakes
 Gungahlin Lakes Country Club - 18 hole championship course, co-designed with Ted Parslow *


The firm's founder, Jamie Dawson, undertakes all of Enviro Links Design's golf related design and supervision to ensure a quality experienced service. His passion is creating superb golf courses or golf holes, and seeing them constructed, then enjoyed.

Jamie's designs are based on diverse experiences gained from projects, playing or inspecting a range of courses. His approach is a flexible site specific design style that can be integrated into wonderful parkland courses, such as Royal Canberra Golf Club (which he has enjoyed for 30 years), to the design subtleties and drama of links style courses.

Since 1986, Jamie has undertaken over 150 successful golf course projects, including design of new championship courses, entire Course Master Plans, course remodelling, practice facilities, safety audits / solutions and vegetation works. This diverse experience includes a range of clubs from some of Australia's premier Clubs to private/public courses, including: The Australian, Royal Canberra, Kingston Heath, Gungahlin Lakes, Federal, Oatlands, Cumberland, Warringah, Yowani, Pambula-Merimbula, Horton Park and Coffs Harbour.

Warringah GC new 2nd green
Warringah GC new 2nd green extending the hole to a challenging 410 metres

Jamie is adept at new course development from master planning and feasibility studies through to detailed design / documentation / supervision. His experience includes concepts for large integrated golf resort/estate projects throughout Australia and Asia.

In general, Jamie's philosophy on golf course design includes:

  • quality golf course design to attract players, purchasers and profile;
  • blending risk and reward for thoughtful strategic play with challenge yet fairness to ensure enjoyment and interest for all levels of golfers;
  • utilizing bunkering as strategic guides and visual highlights;
  • flexible design that integrates the best aspects and the natural environment to maximise the unique character of each site;
  • creating rolling mounding seamlessly blending with the natural landform;
  • incorporating safety management solutions;
  • integrating available water resources and drainage solutions to ensure good course condition, maintainability and maximum playing time;
  • ensuring the course excites and satisfies to demand repeat play by members and return visits by guests;
  • successfully siting any housing to offer excellent views with reasonable privacy and safety;
  • aesthetically pleasing courses, including core clubhouse, resort and entry settings; and
  • a realistic client focussed approach.

Jamie was Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects in 2002/2003.

Yowani Golf Course
 Yowani CC 15th (470m par 5) - imposing angled bunkering to progressively tighten the drive landing zone and reward controlled shots to assist safety for right side housing development.
Gungahlin Lakes
Gungahlin Lakes CC - 18 hole championship course centrepiece of a 1,500 lot estate at the forefront of the Gungahlin new town in Canberra
Australian Open
The Australian Golf Club chipping green in use at the 2004 Australian Open*
Cumberland Plan
Extract : Cumberland Golf Course Master Plan
Cumberland GC 7th green remodelling (315 m par 4)
Southern Cross Pitch & Putt
Southern Cross Pitch & Putt - 18 holes of fun in less than 4 hectares
Extract : Johor Resort and Golf Course Masterplan, Malaysia. The water-flanked par 5s have the potential to excite and offer strategically strong world class memorable golfing.
The Federal Golf Course
The Federal GC 6th green remodelling (408 m par 4)
Warringah Plan
Warringah GC plan extract - New relocated 14th green design (138 m par 3) to assist safety due to new development at rear
Federal GC 4th green remodelling (342 m uphill par 4)
Yowani CC - remodelled green to replace old 'push up' on 190 m par 3.
Red Jackets
Table photo at Royal Canberra GC 75th Anniversary dinner 2001 (clockwise from lower right) : John Uzielli (The Captain R&A St Andrews); Norman Von Nida; Bernie Harris (President Royal Canberra); Tony Hill (R&A); Jamie Dawson; Fred & Mrs Ceaney (Royal Blackheath UK); John & Fay Blunden (Kooyonga GC)

Last updated : 10 August 2005