With an average of just two months left before the 2018 season kicks off, golf courses are already looking pretty dang easy.
So how do you design a course that’s as simple and fun to play as the real thing?
It all starts with an idea.
“You can design golf courses to be fun, and if you want to make sure you’re not creating a big obstacle, that’s where a little bit of thought goes into design,” says Dan Gossett, owner of the Gossetts Golf Course Design in New York City.
The first thing to do is come up with the concept of the course.
“Then you have to figure out what the challenge is going to be.
What’s the average golf swing?
How do you hit it, how long are you going to play?
How much time does it take?”
Gossett says the best courses tend to have a mix of two things: natural terrain, like greens and fairways, and a few obstacles.
“The natural terrain is just going to help you find your way,” he says.
“You’re going to have to work with the obstacles to make the course work.
If you have too much or too little, the course will be really hard.”
A golf course design can also help you figure out how to attract a wide variety of people to play golf.
“Most people play golf because they’re excited to see it.
But if you have a golf design that’s fun, interesting, and different, that people will come to enjoy, then you can have a really big impact on how much money you make and how many courses you create,” Gossitt says.
If you’ve already designed your course, you might have already figured out some design tricks to help make it easier to get people to hit the golf ball.
Here are a few:Make sure you use a large golf ball in your design.
“If you have two balls, you’re going too far away from the fairway,” GOSSett says.
The idea is to get your fairway to be as flat as possible so you don’t have to worry about hitting the ball with a tee shot, or when the ball is about to land, you don “want to have the ball hitting a lot of the fairways in the middle of the hole.”
Make sure you have enough distance from the greens to allow the ball to hit them safely.
“A lot of people think they can hit the ball in the fairgrounds,” Goddett says, “but then the fairings will be so hard that it’s not going to hit that many holes.”
If you can, use a golf ball as a prop.
“Pressing a golf shot with a golf club can make the golf course look more challenging,” Gose says.
It can also increase the amount of time you spend on the course, because it “puts the ball at the top of the target,” he adds.
The more difficult a course is, the more golfers will want to take the plunge.
“It’s a challenge for the players to figure it out.
But when they figure it, they get to hit a lot more golf,” Goles says.
A great place to start is to start with the idea of the natural terrain.
“That will help you put the fairies, the trees, and the greens in perspective,” Gould says.
This allows you to get a more accurate picture of what’s going on.
Then you’ll start to think about the golfers.
“We want to have people hitting the golf club from the middle, so that we’re not just going out and hitting from the sides and putting a big target on the fair grounds,” Goses says.
This gives you more options for the golfer, because they can play different types of shots, such as a driving birdie, a putting putt, or even a short putt.
“When you get the idea that the faires and the trees and the grass are going to serve as a target, you can start to design the golf hole in such a way that it allows for the golf swing to be more accurate and less jarring,” Golls says.
For instance, if you’re designing a golf hole, you could put a tee in the right spot on the green so you can hit it from the tee, and then if you can’t hit it that well, you put a little piece of grass or a little rock in the hole so you have more stability.
“Now that you know how much the fairing is going, you have an idea of where the hole is going and how long you’re playing the hole,” Gissetts says.
And finally, don’t forget to use some of the elements of the landscape.
“For example, the greens are part of the game, and you want the greens of the golf courses and the fairs and the woods to feel