Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design possesses the experience and competent know-how to provide each project we undertake with a first class design experience. We work with proficiency and have a keen understanding and ability to simplify the design process so that developers and managers are able to make meaningful decisions. We encourage our clients to assist our efforts with hands-on contributions throughout the design process. Our initial objective is always to gain a thorough understanding of your vision, which puts us on the right track and well on our way to delivering a realistic product that fit's your desired business model.
Having worked on a wide variety of golf developments, we are conscious of all the product possibilities available to you. In short, these possibilities range from high-end resort and private courses to medium or affordable public courses. Each of these product types is distinguishable, and the differences can sometimes be subtle, yet they are often quite distinct. High-end resort and private courses both feature extensive design and landscaping features. Private clubs are often more sophisticated in the design strategy and landscaping while resorts are more player friendly, but strong on the "wow" factor and amenities. High-end daily fee facilities are similar to private courses in design and landscaping with the difference being larger tees and greens, and a sturdier landscaping requiring less maintenance. Mid to affordable courses want the biggest bang for their dollars and still have a design sensitive to construction and maintenance budgets. Affordable designs have simpler strategies and landscaping, and intend to have maintenance friendly conditions on which they can generate a high volume of play.
Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design is more than just sympathetic to your challenges. We understand these challenges and we make it a priority to deliver solutions. The development of a new golf course or the renovation of an existing course requires a designer who can effectively chart a course to tackle the many challenges during each phase of the planning process. The following is a detailed outline describing our approach to each phase of design.
Plan Development Phases:
Client Interview & Preliminary Design Phase
Once we receive the necessary base-plan information (topographic surveys, aerial photographs, and property boundary survey), JH schedules a "Client Interview" for the purpose of asking key questions and listening to the fundamental project requirements. At this time we gather information relative to site limitations and opportunities, we explore the "likes" and "dislikes" of the client. This phase may require some field trips to existing golf course facilities to determine what suits the client in terms of appeal, style, look, and feel.
Once the JH team has defined the client's vision for the project, we begin our preliminary design work. This involves a combination of in-office plan work and on-site field review work - to confirm that what we've drawn takes full advantage of the site's natural characteristics. Some of the preliminary design tasks completed during this phase include:
- Site analysis studies
determine areas most suitable for golf
- Alternative route plans
showing the flow of golf holes in relation to the topography
- Recommend location for clubhouse and facility maintenance sites
Design Development Phase
After completion and client-approval of a routing plan, showing all of the essential features for the course project, it is time to begin a detailed refinement of the preliminary design. At this time an emphasis is placed on developing the strategy for each golf hole. The tees, greens, and bunkers are refined for desired orientation, placement and positioning. Where necessary the incorporation of water features is determined; turf areas, native areas, and landscaped areas are designated to achieve the intended look with attention to surrounding environments, views and vistas. The strategy is further refined through the following plan development studies:
These studies give shape to the scope of work required to accomplish the project. From these studies preliminary quantities determined, for the purpose of preparing preliminary construction costs and schedules, which are reviewed by the project team.
Final Design Phase (Construction Documents and Specifications)
Upon the client's approval of design development studies and preliminary cost estimates, we begin to prepare the detailed construction drawings (in Autodesk Land Desktop 2008) and specifications necessary for bidding and constructing the golf course. Plan documents consist of: