World Golf Village, FL: Two courses, Hall of Fame & more.
One of the oft-heard remarks about playing 18 holes of golf is
that it takes too long--four hours or more. In today's fast-
paced, always connected world that can be a lifetime. The
members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects
(ASGCA) know this fact well and while the golfers themselves
are part of the equation, the course designers can help them
along with design strategies aimed at speeding up play.
“A properly designed, well-drained course with ample playable
areas, properly placed bunkers, visible water hazards and
smaller greens usually plays fastest,” explains ASGCA
President Steve Forrest. “ASGCA architects work with
developers to design courses that are challenging but not
overwhelming. This keeps play moving without detracting
from the player’s overall experience.”
Courses offering faster play usually benefit from a
combination of factors including quality professional
management, and the cooperation both of those playing and
those directing play.
However, according to Forrest, faster play also results from
course designs that pay special attention to routing designs
and tactical layouts of tees, greens and fairways.
“Common sense tells us that shorter, wider courses will play
faster than longer, narrow ones, particularly for the average
and beginning players,” notes Forrest. “But, other design
elements should also be taken into account.”
When you are investigating a master-planned community's golf
course, here are other design elements which, considered
along with the myriad other design issues, can work to speed
up your play and get you off to the tennis court, marina or
other activity more quickly. And, of course, you can always
play just nine holes.
Multiple tees: Another common sense element—but one that
must be considered in conjunction with how tee placement
and length affect proper shot alignment—is the number and
placement of multiple tees.
Flatter, Smaller Greens: When greens have fewer severe
undulations, three putt frequency is reduced. Smaller greens
also lessen the number of three putts, and reduce the time
spent lining up putts.
Strategic Fairway Mounding: Fairways can be designed to
contain slightly errant shots by strategic mound placement.
Easily-Visible Yardage Marking: Vertical yardage markers, or
markers that are otherwise quickly identifiable, with accurate
yardage information will speed play.
The ASGCA has a number of publications that address design
considerations. For a list of free publications on golf course
remodeling, development, master planning and golf course
architect selection, contact ASGCA at 262-786-5960 or
email@example.com. To see the list of more than 75 golf course
architects that have designed for GolfCourseHome
communities and a list of their course, click here.