“The ultimate character of the course must be developed as the construction progresses.”

Services and approach

There is a strong correlation between the best golf courses and golf course design that has predominantly taken place in the field. The early links courses, the Golden Age, through to the modern gems of today; Top 100 lists are littered with golf courses where a lot of the design has taken place in the field during the construction of the course. Having the ability to shape, allows for a hands-on approach and even more time to be spent in the field, not only making sound decisions but getting the built details right.
The most interesting golf courses exude character and individuality. Typically, the best courses feature a really good routing along with a great set of greens, but above all, they consist of great golf holes. Being able to identify landforms that will lead to interesting golf holes is the skill of the architect.
Typically, design inspiration comes from all that is laid before you on site. However, a sound knowledge of great holes and interesting courses, provides a catalogue of features that can be adapted to suit the site in question.
Shapingshaping the 6th tees at Tara Iti
There is an inextricable link between shaping and golf course design. There is always an element of design, a problem to solve, or an aesthetic to achieve that is not possible until the shaping takes place. Golf course projects typically require at least more than one talented shaper to reach their built potential.
Consultinga golf masterplan for an Australian project
The objective of consulting is to identify where your Club should focus its efforts to make the golf course better. Consulting need not necessarily be expensive; sometimes the simple removal of vegetation or the suggestion of a new mowing line can improve a hole significantly. Typical tasks involve:

  • Masterplan
  • Course routing
  • Ad hoc consulting
Design-shapea photo of Tara Iti golf course
A golf course designer that can shape is well-placed to make important design decisions in the field. Not only does this process place you on-site throughout construction, it means that you can build golf course features exactly as you wish, rather than relying on a contractor who may not be as vested in the finished product.