The most desirable site is gently rolling with reasonably draining soils and a location that is suitable for construction of an irrigation lake.
Typically, 140 acres to 200 acres are required for an eighteen hole “championship” golf course.
Rather than delve into a deep discussion about placement of hazards, green contouring, engineering theories on green construction, drainage, siltation control, etc., etc., I thought that I would present a broad overview of the various aspects of golf course design.
Golf course architecture is a combination of art, craftsmanship and engineering that melds form with function.
Final elevations, shapes, slopes and contours of all mounding, bunkers, tees, greens, fairways and drainage features are established.
The proposed grading must take into account the construction and maintenance budget of the golf course.
With golf courses in the Midwest getting 30,000 to 40,000 rounds played each year, it is obvious that a putting green endures a tremendous amount of foot traffic.
The United States Golf Association’s specifications have proven to be a time tested, successful methodology for construction of putting greens.
Irrigation systems are designed to provide adequate coverage at particular precipitation rates for various types of grasses and soils.
Choosing grasses for the golf course depends upon the climatic region in which the course is located.