Edwin Roald, golf course architect and consultant in sustainable golf course development, is based in Reykjavik, the trans-Atlantic capital of Iceland, the home of constantly changing, inspiring, exotic landscapes, a melting pot of geothermal green energy, and a haven for sustainable golf where around ten percent of the 320-thousand population are reported to play golf on almost seventy courses.
Drawing on this inspirational background, Edwin Roald is driven by his belief that when developed under a certain set of principles, golf and golf courses can serve as meaningful contributors in our society. These opportunities can be found in the successful cases where golf works as a catalyst for mixed land-use projects, where multiple other functions are integrated into the golf course design, and the rehabilitation of damaged land, turning problems into opportunities with the potential to bring economic empowerment to communities.
For more than a decade since establishing his own design and consultancy firm, Edwin Roald has strived to develop a credible track record and a design philosophy that will appeal to all stakeholders in and outside golf, including the project developer who will benefit from the easier, faster and less expensive planning permit application process.
Edwin Roald‘s sustainability vision is epitomized by his Why-18-Holes concept, why18holes.com, which is designed to revitalize golf as a relevant, responsible and ethical form of public leisure and enable it to co-exist with modern and future sustainability ideals. This is one of many avenues Edwin Roald has chosen to get involved in the golf industry‘s movement for sustainability and environmental stewardship. Other‘s include Edwin Roald‘s involvement as:
- an Associate of The European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) and a member of the EIGCA‘s Environment Committee.
- a consultant in environmental golf course design and a Sustainability Associate of The Golf Environment Organization (GEO), an accredited verifier for the GEO Certified ecolabel and a contributor to the organization‘s Legacy Guidelines for sustainable golf course development.
- a board member of The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environmental Research Foundation (STERF), a non-profit research foundation registered in Sweden and supported by The Nordic Council of Ministers.