The Green Committee Guide
All golfers have heard of "strategic," "penal" and "heroic" design, but may not fully understand it in actual p
Early tees didn't seem to have gotten much thought. Like cities, whose roads were laid out in grids, no matter
In general, yes. Some "architectural purists" (whatever that means) argue that a true challenge would require greens
Used correctly, I think they are.
The reason is twofold, as a green sloping gently towards golfers helps their approach shot "hold" the green,
A. I agree that concentrating traffic on paths generally leads to some compacted turf near high traffic areas.
A. I do know that they are often placed too close. From experience, these are my guidelines:
A. I have always favored cart paths that are "handy" vs. "hidden," figuring a path hidden to golfers by dista
While there are no firm rules on green size for playability, in the end there is a minimum size for good main
Q. How Big Should Our Tees Be?
Q. How Big Should A Green Be?
Q. How do We Design Cart Paths?
Finding the Landing Zone
Creating Strategic Tee Shots - Avoid Forced Carry & Lay-Up
Creating Strategic Tee Shots - Fairway Orientation
Creating Strategic Tee Shots - Fairway Width
Creating Strategic Tee Shots - How Difficult?
Strategic Concepts No. 1 - The 'Position Paradox'
Strategic Concepts - Optional Lay-Ups
Strategic Concepts - Outside Pinching Hazards
Strategic Concepts - Gradually Narrowing Fairways
Strategic Concepts - Double-Fairways
Strategic Concepts - Double-Fairways with Center-Line Bunkers
Forced Carries & Lay-up Hazards
Double-Side Fairway Hazards
The Forced-Curve Tee Shot
Using Fairway Slopes for Strategy
No Fairway Hazards?
Green Slopes for Maintenance - Part 1
Green Slopes for Maintenance - Part 2
Green Slopes for Putting - Part 1
Green Slopes for Putting - Part 2
Basics of a Cup-Rotation System
Definition of a Strategic Shot
Definition of a Penal Shot
The Heroic Shot
How Much Cup Space Does a Green Have?
How Many Ponds Should We Have?
Why Do Some Courses Have More Ponds than Others?
Can You Define 'Unfair'?
Part 1 - How Deep Should Fairway Bunkers Be?
Part 2 - How Deep Should Fairway Bunkers Be?
How Deep Should Green-Side Bunkers Be?
Why Do Greens Slope Back to Front?
Getting Back-to-Front Green Slope Correctly
Yet More on Green-Backing Mounds
Problems with Green-Backing Mounds
Greens with No Backing Mounds