Whether a private club or a municipal golf course, we believe that it is important to understand who who you are an who you want to be. We feel strongly that a properly designed golf course can provide an enjoyable experience for the average golfer while at the same time offer the challenge and strategy that the more skilled golfer seeks. We start each engagement by touring our client’s course and other area course in an effort to understand the niche our project will occupy in the market.
We’ve worked on and studied many courses by golden-age architects Raynor, Coates, Foulis, Vardon, Tillinghast and Bendelow. Understanding the nuances of Raynor’s template holes or Tillinghast’s intricate greens and approaches is important when clubs are trying to differentiate their facility and increase or preserve membership. Much can be learned from the early masters of our profession.
Public or municipal courses on the other hand are not always concerned with strategy or architectural pedigree. Providing an enjoyable experience where the golfer won’t feel intimidated or rushed is important to insuring the long-term success of the public golf course and to growing the game. The placement of bunkers and water hazards, the positioning of tees and the contouring of the greens all play a role in creating an enjoyable experience. We recognize that the average golfer at a municipal or public golf course is not necessarily playing golf for the challenge and strategy of the game. In fact, they may not even keep score or have a USGA handicap.
Lastly, we believe that there exists a strong relationship between the natural and the built environment and that a well-designed golf course should respond to the existing site and blend easily into the surrounding landscape. Using the natural drainage patterns, preserving wetlands and minimizing earth moving results in a course which is less expensive to construct, less costly to maintain and one that is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.