“The designer of a course should start off on his work in a sympathetic frame of mind for the weak, and at the same time be as severe as he likes with the first-class player.”
– Harry Colt

A golf course is never finished. It grows, develops, changes and adapts through time, and the game of golf as an ever changing sport is as tough a sport as they come.

Since early 2017 I am available to golf clubs for advice, planning and renovation work; all aimed at making their courses more fun, playable and exciting to golfers of all levels. Not all courses are built for the future, but by borrowing a few characteristics of the classic courses that have stood the test of time every golf course can be improved.

Sweeten’s Cove, Hole 4
Photo credit: www.friedegg.co

Width

  • Wide playing corridors provide room for the beginner’s mistake, and options for the accomplished player
  • Strategic options, hazards guarding the ideal line.

  • With the width, the architect can create different lines of play, and guard them with hazards like bunkers, water and undulations.
  • Firm greens with subtle contours and surrounds

  • By choosing the correct line, a player can gain a substantial advantage when the greens are firm or contoured away from the player.

    “Narrow fairways bordered by long grass make bad golfers. They do so by destroying the harmony and continuity of the game, and in causing a stilted and cramped style by destroying all freedom of play.”
    – Dr. Alister Mackenzie