I was asked to be a judge for Golf Inc Magazine's annual development of the year awards.
Some were nice, but most were still overdone. Some of the best golf courses in the world have been built on practical budgets. I don't think many developments are marketing to players. Pretty pictures will bring someone down once. The golf course had better be really good if you want them to come back.
Here are a few of my comments about the nominations:
- At that price I’m not sure how the mission could be achieved. The ride from 9 to 10 is one of the longest I have ever seen. Too much water for the public golfer to enjoy regularly.
- Too much water, way spread out, over done bunkering.
- Does not blend seamlessly into the native environment – not even close. Lots of water and 11 parallel hole corridors – 8 of them side by side.
- The routing appears a bit disjointed with some large separations between holes. Some of the shaping and features are overdone, and some of the bunkering looks really good and original.
- Nice to see non-returning 9s, fewer restraints usually leads to a better course.
- Some pictures show good restraint and very nice golf holes, others seem to shout look at me.
- Would have done better with fewer and less busy looking bunkers.