Norman eyes off 1980′s Japanese course redesigns

The burgeoning business empire of Greg Norman continues to grow with the Great White Shark now heading for The Land of the Rising Sun – Japan.

While his course design business has boomed around the world, Norman is keen to take on the task of re-designing some of Japan’s older layouts.

Norman eyes off 1980's Japanese course redesigns Norman eyes off 1980′s Japanese course redesigns

Australia’s former world No 1 has indicated he will study all the courses built in Japan in the 1980s that had not been modernised.

The Shark suggests he can increase the value of a lot of them through re-designing their layouts.

His immediate goal is to redesign around six to eight a year, building new clubhouses and using his own name to add to their ‘allure’.

Norman expects that some of Japan’s 36-hole courses could be scaled back to 27 holes, which would free up some land to build new homes.

His resume makes it difficult to argue: Norman has been involved in redesigning more than 100 golf courses worldwide, including properties in Australia, the United States and Mexico.

His group of companies also manages more than 200 courses and have five designs or re-designs including Ellerston (Scone), the NSW GC (Sydney), The Bluffs Ho Ham Strip in Vietnam, Nirwana Bali Golf Club in Indonesia and Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai listed among Golf Digest’s World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.