Simply put, this depends upon the site!
How do you design a golf course â€˜on the groundâ€™ if that golf course is located on the side of a mountain in Korea???
Some people will tell you great golf holes are not designed in an office, butÂ we at GBD believe this is a cop out! perhaps a reflection of ones ability to document a project unambiguously of otherwise an inability to envisage a great golf hole long before the machinery hits the ground.
Generally such an approach crucifies budgets, approvals and ultimately a projects delivery.
We would contend that great golf holes are generally conceived on paper and later ‘tweaked’ in the field to improve what can’t be detailed in the office. To the clients benefit, this approach has little impact on budget and construction programs.
Our level of detail allows great golf courses to reveal themselves long before construction commences, of course this method of delivery is complemented by a hands on approach during construction with Clients confident in the knowledge that our planning and detailed design skills facilitates a quantifiable and definitive outcome on time and within budget. This is a sound basis for our success over the last twenty years and importantly is a point of difference between ourselves and many of our competitors.
Unfortunately not every site is sand based, as much as we would like it to be which often allows designers to make and remake mistakes before delivering a golf course that thorough planning and detailed design would have avoided. Our approach always saves time and in so doing saves our clients money.