Category Archives: March/April 2012

The Wild, Wild West

My favorite author of all-time is Louis L’Amour or, as he branded himself, “America’s Storyteller.” Every book started with a bang, literally–somebody shooting at somebody in the start of a black-and-white conflict ultimately ending with the good guy winning the girl and defeating raw evil all while holding himself to a moral standard the reader admired and, in my case, secretly hoped to emulate. The good guy always had several traits: physical strength (able to withstand unbearable amounts of agony … Continue reading

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Blending Beautifully

The course was once a desert.

Project Portfolio The Specs: Location: Goodyear, Ariz. Designer: Bartell Design, LLC Amenities: The Lakes Course at Tuscany Falls Golf Club at PebbleCreek is one of those special courses enthusiasts will want to play again and again. The scenic layout with rolling fairways, elevated tees, and carefully created natural areas is supplemented by strategically located bunkering that will test decision-making and shot-making abilities, offering chances for good scoring in several risk/reward situations. Formerly an open, treeless desert, the course is now … Continue reading

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Get A Grip On Golf-Course Design

A superior golf course begins with an attractive piece of land and a professional golf course architect who can transform almost any type of property into a piece of art and a challenging golfing experience. Completed properly, routing a golf course is a coordinated effort among a golf course architect, a site planner, and a civil engineer. And, finally, there is the landscape architect–the one who makes all of the elements come together in the composition. Beginner golf-course design classes … Continue reading

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Disc-Golf Course Design

As one of the nation’s fastest growing sports, a well-designed disc-golf course can have a significant impact on a local community. Disc golf uses discs inspired by the original Frisbee flying disc, but modified for weight, rigidity, and aerodynamics to optimize flight characteristics. Disc-golf courses resemble golf courses in that players start at tee pads and progress through fairways to greens. More urban in nature, the first disc-golf courses were established in open spaces on college campuses, which had been … Continue reading

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Overuse And Neglect

Much press is given to golf courses–the turf, the landscaping, the architecture of the clubhouse, even the layout of the pro shop. And those are all essential parts of the experience for players. But, just for this article, let’s turn our attention to a part of the public-golf facility most people don’t usually think about–the paths that wind their way through the course. Admittedly, this is not a sexy topic. Everyone would rather hear about the water hazards, sand traps, … Continue reading

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