The 8 Requirements to Build the Best Golf Course
The following is a subjective topic and there are surely more elements that we will add in a later installment. However, if these eight aspects are met, they will have an excellent golf course.
The Fairways must be wide
The best golf architects have in mind the angles of the shots of the exits and approaches. Depending on the position of the flag, there must be a correct side of the fairway and an incorrect side and to achieve this, fairway width is needed.
There is no hole worse than the one where the best place to aim at the exit it is the middle of the fairway. The best holes make you think from the tee based on the position of the flag and build your own strategy on what route to take to attack the hole based on the style and capacity of your game. To give these options, it is necessary to maximize the width of the fairway.
In the hand of wide fairways, there are large greens. With different angles in mind, it is necessary to maximize the number of positions for the flags. The position of the flag should determine how the hole is played from the start.
Like the fairway, there must be a correct side of the green and an incorrect one - for this you need to have a large green. There are too many fields that as time progresses, they decrease the size of their greens. This is one of the most serious sins that can be done when taking care of a golf course.
Greens without excessive undulations
Speaking of greens, excessive undulations decrease the number of Hole positions slow down the pace of play as they make the slowest rounds and generate more 3 putts.
If you made two excellent shots to reach the green of a par 5, it is more exciting to know that you have the opportunity to put the putt for eagle instead of worrying about not making 3 putts when facing an impossible putt with no chance to write 3 on your card.
You can walk
No I want to force everyone to walk, but there must be the possibility on the path of the field to walk. Unfortunately in many fields, they do not leave you or you can not flat out.
The truth is that most people spend most of their time sitting down. There's nothing like walking and enjoying the environment while playing golf.
There are two fundamental things: one is the layout of the course, especially the green course to the next tee and the other is the elevation of the course in yes - although the latter is determined by the terrain you have in hand.
Goal # 1 is golf
This point is very idealistic. Most modern golf courses are part of projects where the priority is real estate or hotels.
However, when golf is not priority # 1, the project suffers because the best qualities of the terrain they are not left to the golf architect or flat out they diminish the available area resulting in narrow fairways and small greens.
As an example of prioritizing, on the golf courses of Scotland the clubhouse at Sometimes it does not have the best ocean view - it is saved for one or several holes in the field. The same happened with Bandon Dunes in Oregon where they gave priority to the field instead of the location of the clubhouse.
There is a running game
Someday we will all be old, if God gives us the license. And in those days, our swing will be slower, we will fight to lift the ball and we will have to throw wood from 180 yards.Pete Dye is the master of this type of hole and his philosophy can be seen in TPC Sawgrass. There are risks everywhere, but every time you approach a risk, there is a remarkable reward.
Bad holes are those that offer risk-risk instead of risk-reward. If as a player I am going to deal with a risky line, it is better that there is a reward if I make the risky shot well. If I take the risk of dealing with water or hazards and there is no proportional reward, it is a bad hole. It's that simple.
There are no rules
The field pair is relative and the rules of golf will always have to end up adapting for the good of the player. Is it always necessary to have a par 72 field? Of course not, you can break even with paradigms like having 18 holes. Why not have a 12-hole course that can be played in both directions?
Every time there are more architects who are daring to break paradigms. The spearhead architects are people like Tom Doak, Gill Hanse, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, among others and not necessarily the "renown" as the Trent-Jones, Nicklaus, Fazios, Normans or Players.