TONY RISTOLA, MASTER GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT


On-site all-day, every day. 100% focus & commitment during your most costly & permanent design phase... Construction.
If there were a better way to protect the client... I would use it!!!

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ONE OF FIVE ARCHITECTS IN THE WORLD ON-SITE WITH THE BUILDERS EVERY DAY

To find the right man, really capable of designing and overseeing the construction of a golf course, is, of all things, the most important. But the ideal man is almost as difficult to find as the ideal terrain... For some strange reason it is often thought that almost any one can lay out and construct a golf course... Such stupidity, more than anything else I know of, has been responsible for the incredible waste which has been so prevalent in most of the work in this field.
 
If first-class architects were available to undertake all the new work, much of this money would be saved... my most earnest advice to the members of any club undertaking to construct a course is this: if you seek something permanent, something that will give you real satisfaction and not be a heavy drag on your purse for many years, employ your architect only after careful inquiry, and get the best man possible regardless of his fee. There is a finalitythat is the important thing – about the work of the best men which is worth tens of thousands to any club.
 
Robert Hunter, The Links, 1926

     100% FOCUS & PERSONAL COMMITMENT     APPLYING THE HIGHEST STANDARD

ON-SITE DAILY DURING CONSTRUCTION          ON-SITE DAILY DURING CONSTRUCTION          ON-SITE DAILY DURING CONSTRUCTION          ON-SITE DAILY DURING CONSTRUCTION         

ARCHITECT ON-SITE DAILY DURING CONSTRUCTION

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1. More time on-site in 5-days than typical architects during a 300-day project!!!

2. Guarantees the design is continuously improved… Daily.

3. Close working relationship with the builders. Builders do not wait days or weeks for decisions. This keeps the project moving forward and reduces costs.

Only five architects in the world protect their clients by being on-site leading construction daily.  Tony has done so with every project.

If there were a better way to protect his clients… he’d use it. Ask them, they’ll tell you.
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FORMER TOURNAMENT PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TOURNAMENT PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TOURNAMENT PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TOURNAMENT PROFESSIONAL         

FORMER TOURNAMENT PROFESSIONAL (PGA)

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A former tournament professional, Tony knows how the finest golfers play and think.

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FORMER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL       FORMER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL      

FORMER TEACHING PROFESSIONAL (PGA)

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Having given years of lessons to golfers young and old, male and female, beginner to professional, Tony has a clear and deep understanding how all golfers attack the game. This knowledge, developed over 40-years, is applied to every aspect of the design… Daily

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INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE   INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE   INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE    

INTERNATIONAL GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE

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Tony has been in America, Mexico, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Germany building golf projects. From the Tropic of Cancer to just south of the Arctic Circle.

Tony is on-site daily on all his projects, transferring his knowledge gathered over 2.5-decades
in a variety of landscapes: river bank, coastal, landfill, environmentally protected areas, rural and urban flood control properties.

Transferring knowledge daily eliminates the builders need to guess at their work, and helps them achieve excellence. They get information directly from the architect… Daily. Builders
value immediate help. It maximizes budgets, every opportunity and creates an atmosphere of cooperation, harmony and flexibility needed to build exceptional golf courses... Economically.

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SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPER EXPERT      SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPER EXPERT      SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPING EXPERT     SHAPER EXPERT         

SHAPING EXPERT

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A "shaper" is specialist who creates forms that make or break your golf course. Tony is the very rare golf course architect who can and does operate heavy equipment, and shapes his own greens and critical features. There is nothing more efficient than the architect on the machine interpreting and improving his own ideas.

This talent is an insurance policy for the developer, guaranteeing they will receive a golf course that exceeds expectations. Just ask his clients.

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LEADS CRITICAL FINISHING PROCESS       LEADS CRITICAL FINISHING PROCESS       LEADS CRITICAL FINISHING PROCESS       LEADS CRITICAL FINISHING PROCESS         

LEADS CRITICAL FINISHING PROCESS

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If everything is perfectly constructed, and the finishing process uses the wrong equipment, is hurriedly or carelessly completed, all the good work done up to this point is wasted. 

Finishing does not mean polishing everything to perfection! Sometimes large machines and too much polishing erases touches designed to give the project its natural, unique feel.

By being on-site, Tony informs the builder what equipment not to use, and when to stop polishing.

This communication and daily oversight during finishing is critical to success, and prevents the exceptional from turning into the generic.

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CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS      

CAN USE LOCAL BUILDERS AND GENERAL CONTRACTORS

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Tony does not require a golf course construction company. He can and has used conscientious general contractors and crews of locals to construct a Golf World Top 200 golf course in Continental Europe, and a 17th ranked golf course in Germany, obviously without a loss of quality.

Being on-site daily allows critical communication and oversight so work is exceptional and keeps moving forward.
DRAWS OWN PLANS      DRAWS OWN PLANS      DRAWS OWN PLANS      DRAWS ON PLANS      DRAWS ON PLANS      DRAWS ON PLANS      DRAWS ON PLANS      DRAWS ON PLANS       

DRAWS OWN PLANS

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“To err is human”, so there never has and never will be perfect plans.

Even if an architect produced perfect plans, no builder left alone for days or weeks at a time will build the course as the architect envisioned.

Plans are necessary to estimate schedules, material and labor costs, but plans have only been a starting point for architects seeking exceptional results.

The truly great courses were built using a flexible and dynamic construction process… Creativity. A process of continual thought and improvement.

Tony draws his own plans, but more importantly, he builds the features himself or interprets them to the builders, and monitors their progress... in the field... face-to-face... Daily. It is the only way to ensure excellence is built in the first time.

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    HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESSES         HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESSES         HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESSES    

HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUCCESSES

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Architect of the first golf course awarded the Golf & Natur Gold Medal.

Daily on-site leadership demonstrates responsibility that builds confidence, trust and excellent relationships with local bureaucrats and environmentalists (BUND & NABU). It helps achieve goals that would otherwise prove difficult.

BUND’s Annual Report described Tony’s work in the Landschaftschutzgebiet (“protected landscape”) along the banks of the Ems River “a model for the integration of a sports facility in a protected area.” The course been ranked 17th in Germany by Golfmagazin. It was constructed with a general contractor that had never built a golf course before!

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ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR       ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR       ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR       ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR       ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR       ARTIST     ILLUSTRATOR      

ARTIST... ILLUSTRATOR

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Tony’s Grandfather was an artist, and he planned on following his footsteps from a very young age. This talent, illustrating concepts for builders, helps them see his vision.

These valuable working illustrations form an interesting part of the club history and are wonderful as clubhouse artwork.

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PHOTO DOCUMENT ENTIRE PROCESS          PHOTO DOCUMENT ENTIRE PROCESS          PHOTO DOCUMENT ENTIRE PROCESS          PHOTO DOCUMENT ENTIRE PROCESS         

PHOTO DOCUMENT BEFORE & DURING CONSTRUCTION

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Being on-site daily, thousands of photos are taken, documenting the entire process. Any way this is calculated, either per day or per photograph,it easily more than 50,000 Euros of value.

These photos can be used by the press and marketing, and become more and more valuable to the club’s story and history and club committees with every passing year.

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DAILY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION BLOG     DAILYY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION BLOG     DAILY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION BLOG     DAILY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION BLOG    

DAILY DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION BLOG

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Tony is the only architect to write a blog about his projects… Everyday.

Your daily club blog will feature photos, video, illustrations or a few short paragraphs about the design and construction process. A couple of these blogs can be found here:
www.guthahuesgolf.blogspot.com and www.sandvalleygolf.blogspot.com.

Blogs are ideal for informing local and international media, informing current and future members and guests. A Best of Blogs book with before and after photos makes an ideal marketing and media tool.

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UNDERSTANDS MAINTENANCE           UNDERSTANDS MAINTENANCE           UNDERSTANDS MAINTENANCE           UNDERSTANDS MAINTENANCE           UNDERSTANDS MAINTENANCE  

GOLF COURSE MAINTENANCE BACKGROUND

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Tony has worked in golf course maintenance in Central and North Europe, including working with a pair of Scandinavia’s finest golf course superintendents.

The experience, in one of the harshest climates for maintaining golf courses helped Tony clearly understand the agronomic headaches caused by construction errors and the relationship and limits between design and maintenance.

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DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE       DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE     DESIGN BIBLE        

DESIGN BIBLE: TOTAL DESIGN MAINTENANCE HANDBOOK

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Historic clubs today would pay millions to have the thoughts behind their architect’s design. It would save them much trouble in their pursuit of restoring their golf courses.

This Bible explains how the course was built, how it should be maintained, what the club should do, but more importantly, what the club should not do.

This Bible should be posted online so all members, guests, members of the press and architect aficionados can learn why your special golf course was built and is managed as it is. 

Continuity helps strengthen the image of the club and eliminates whims of future committees, wasteful spending and potentially destructive proposals because every proposal can be viewed against the architect’s intent as outlined in The Club Bible.

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LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE         LIFETIME SERVICE        

LIFETIME SERVICE

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The best courses have had the architect involved with the evolution of their golf course. Along with the Design Bible, this sets a foundation for the club to mature in the best direction, and be exceptional for decades into the future.

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