What makes a golf hole unique?
The design of a golf hole is a simple process, but in many ways quite involved. In its simplest form, golf architecture is an intuitive process. It is about having an understanding, an affinity, for the natural environment. It is about being able to extract the essence of the land to best preserve, celebrate and capitalise upon its unique features.
How big is a golf hole?
A can of Planters Peanuts is close — four inches in diameter — but still too small. How do these guys miss so many putts with such a big target?! No, the true diameter of a golf hole is 4.25 inches. What that translates to, kitchen-speak, is a traditional-sized plastic container. I bet you’ve got at least one in the fridge.
How do you make a golf course more challenging?
Each hole must fit into the overall rhythm of the course. “You’ve got to go with what the land gives you but you’re also trying not to have six long par-4s in a row,” Goetz says. “You want to mix it up with various angles and lengths and wind directions to create a compelling challenge.”
What makes a good golf course design?
Once that’s been determined, it’s on to developing the course routing and rhythm, crafting holes that make the most of the terrain while providing varied looks and shot-making demands. Each hole must fit into the overall rhythm of the course.