In a part of the world where golf courses are few and far between, Robert McNeil sees a new frontier for the game. Cluj is considered the 2nd largest city in Romania located within the Transylvania region along the foothills of the Carpathian mountain range.

“When I first began laying out what will become Sun Garden Golf Club at the Sun Garden Resort and Spa, my client, Mr. Nicolae Capusan the resort’s proprietor and local entrepreneur, confessed that developing a golf course would be ‘an act of courage’. Consider that the nearest courses are in Bucharest to the south 120km and to the north in Hungary a 2 hour drive.

The layout, a sporty short course, is the first of three course envisioned by Mr. Capusan. The initial effort will be laid quietly within the rolling ground surrounding the resort’s hotel. Golf will be a unique amenity not only to the hotel which boasts a world class spa, swimming pool complex, tennis, soccer, 400 seat banquet facility and chapel. Construction of the course began in January and will presume once the heavy snows of winter have melted.

With adjacent farmland and another property aptly named Laguna characterized by mountains of bold sand and a 5 acre “blue lagoon”, the future of the game in the region is exciting.

The future site of Laguna Golf Club in Aghiresu, Romania
The future site of Laguna Golf Club in Aghiresu, Romania

About the Northeast Golf Company: 
The mission of The Northeast Golf Company is to provide clients with the best golf course design service tailored to meet their individual needs. To be the best requires focus on the business objectives of each client by providing a creative and strategic plan that responds to the inherent nature of the land, the players served and the project budget.

Robert McNeil provides creative direction while bringing together the necessary expertise and overseeing every aspect of a golf course project to ensure that the vision becomes reality.

The McNeil Design Collaborative design/build team approach combines years of experience in successful design, construction and project management. Through MDC Global we strive to embrace the many cultures of the world and build this uniqueness into our designs.

"We take pride in developing relationships that are productive, long lasting and most of all fun, much like the courses we design." --Robert McNeil

Contact: Robert McNeil, ASGCA Associate, Principal Golf Course Architect,
The Northeast Golf Company
(401)-667-4994 in Saunderstown, RI
(732)-915-8385 cell phone
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