Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

13 Images: Harris Kalinka that will be drastically different from other courses in the marketplace. “There is plenty of cross slope on many fairways and a strong reliance on surface drainage, not catch basins. Much of the dirt was placed under the golf holes as opposed to creating mounds framing each hole, as so many courses do. There was a emphasis on creating landforms, not mounding, so the courses feel as if they were laid out upon a naturally golf-friendly terrain.” Curley says the excavation of lakes enabled them to lift the courses out of the f loodplain. “While the lakes are a very dominant feature of the landscape, there was a strong effort in the design to incorporate the water features into play, but always with more than adequate width. We have made sure to not have water in play hole after hole. The concept was to create wide views over water but without a relentless attack of demanding shots with water in play.” The greens will feature significant contour, both within the putting surface as well as drop-off edges, backstops, feeder slopes and ridges. “Standout holes on the East include the driveable par-four seventh with multiple tee options and a long, thin, fall-away green,” said Curley. “And the par-five eighteenth, which plays from a massive landform creating an elevated tee shot looking back to the clubhouse. Visualisations of the East course (left), a formal parkland layout, and the West (above), which will have a rugged design and feature large expanses of sand