Golf Course Design Tricks

Golf course designs should be such that they are exciting and enjoyable to all the players. The courses should be lasting and of good quality. The best golf designs are founded on principles and strategies of golf and be sensitive to the land and environment.

The golf designs should be such that they should respect and try to preserve the existing terrain and environment on every course.

Golf course design tricks

  • Pin locations should be created such that they require putts starting up a rise and then finishing gently down a slope to the cup. When the rise and fall are subtle, judging the speed of the put is difficult and leads to hitting the putt to hard.
  • Use of false front method to show off the golf green surface, especially from elevations below. False fronts can be used to lure players into thinking they have landed on the green, only to find their golf ball have spun or rolled to greater lengths.
  • Use a long and narrow bunker starting about 10 feet into the green and extending 100+ feet in front of the greens. It can be coupled with a narrow putting surface over 40 yards deep. All this makes it impossible to gauge pin placement.
  • Physically aggressive line of the tee or pin location on the golf greens can be visually framed by trees, bunkers or landscapes. These entice golfers to go for a low percentage shot and bring bogey into play.
  • Use of trees behind a green space at varying distances gives a false sense of depth perception. It can be worked with 3 -4 prominent trees and works with tee shots.
  • Place bunker well short of a green that hides a section of the green. This will make it hard to feel the shot relative to the distance. It will also make it hard to feel the shape of the shot.
  • When the top edge of the bunker is on the same horizon line as the high point in the green, it makes the greens seem closer and may cause misclubbing and short shots.
  • When there are no natural features behind the green setting, put the high point in the green on the horizon. This will throw off the eye relative to distance and makes the golfer uncomfortable about hitting it past with what is seen.
  • Green edges may be hidden with subtle rolls from the view of the approach shots. This lack of edges creates uncertainty in committing to playing line.
  • You can place a large bunker on a line that can be carried out from the tee. While putting a small bunker on the other side of the fairway at a distance further out. This use of scale makes it hard to feel the carryover. The golfer will have to feel the true yardage to have an effective shot.

Last but not the least; the designs should apply current land planning trends that create value and a sense of place in communities by the thoughtful placement of golf courses and amenities.