• Ryan Budge, RLA posted an update in the group Group logo of Golf Course Architecture & DesignGolf Course Architecture & Design 14 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Chad! Thanks for joining the group and posting a comment. You’re correct that new course building has slowed; however, I think this slow has fostered an opportunity to be creative and find ways to keep course design moving. Rather than new course construction, I have seen a high increase in existing course renovation. As existing courses compete for players, a newly renovated golf course gives an advantage over the course next door. Even re-designing a single hole into a signature hole can have a huge impact. The key is to make the hole distinct, yet blend it into the rest of the course theme and not appear to be an add on or “wart”. New course building may be limited for the time being, but I am finding that there is a huge market and niche in golf course renovation. This is where my focus is for the time being.

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