38 Golf Inc. Fall 2014
Rough Around the
Bandon Dunes Course at
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort,
On a golf course, a little rough can go a
;e most demanding U.S. courses typically have narrow fairways and deep, thick
rough. But the vast majority of golfers get
ticked o; when they have to plod through
tall grass in search of mis-hit balls. And
they really fume when a course costs them
a sleeve of balls.
Like bunkers, rough can add value to
a course, if only by preventing bad shots
from rolling into real trouble. But the most
playable layouts make it easy for golfers to
;nd what they’re looking for. In fact, David
McLay Kidd thinks that any ball landing
within 15 or 20 yards of a fairway should
always be plainly visible.
“When architects design courses,” the
designer of Bandon Dunes’ ;rst course
said, “we should be thinking about players
who are trying to break 90 or 100, not just
;e high handicappers are, a;er all, the
bulk of a course’s customers.
Curley thinks the course is ideally suited
to regions with short seasons, such as New
England. It may also be an attractive alternative to course owners who wish to add a
conventional nine-hole track, or to owners
of struggling 18-hole courses who aim to
“You can have an 18-hole experience for
A Dual-Purpose Driving
half the cost,” Curley said. “You need only
half the land, half the construction costs
and half the maintenance costs.”
;ere’s one drawback: ;e course can’t
accommodate as many players at one time
as a conventional 18-hole track does.
Palm Hills Golf Club
In Egypt, golf participation is virtually nil.
So, to grow the game, the nation needs
practice centers and easy-to-play courses.
John Sanford, a Florida-based architect,
has designed a facility that satis;es both
needs. On a 15-acre parcel at Palm Hills
Golf Club, outside Cairo, he’s created a
dual-purpose venue to complement the
property’s more challenging 27-hole golf
complex. It can serve as a driving range, but
its nine target greens can also be played as a
nine-hole short course. ;e holes range in
length from 75 to 160 yards.
Such facilities are the equivalent of
bunny slopes at ski areas. ;ey bridge the
gap between conventional ranges, the usual
starting spot for beginners, and full-size
courses, which are too demanding for players with limited abilities. And, importantly,
they can boost revenues.
“Any owner or golf club can take a driv-
ing range and turn it into a short course,”
Sanford said. “You just need a little imagi-
What’s more, according to Sanford, a
dual-purpose range costs no more to build
and maintain than a conventional range.
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