Category Archives: Golf Course Design

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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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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A Visionary Masterpiece

Situated on an actual island in the Fox River, the third hole at the Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles, Ill., “looks simple, but it is not,” writes Ron Whitten, architecture editor for Golf World Magazine. A row of trees impedes a golfer’s tee shot, aerial approaches are compromised by overhanging branches, and a small pond provides a further challenge. The island also contains the course’s fourth hole, which Whitten considers “more intimidating” due to the long stretch of the … Continue reading

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