Landscaping a Golf Course – What You Need to Know

A golf course needs to find the right balance between challenging players and beautifying the landscape. Whether you are upgrading an existing golf course or creating a new one, here are some landscaping ideas to bear in mind.

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Project Add-Ons

Consider building your golf course around other developments, such as real estate or a marina. Additions such as these will add value to the project and help to attract investors.

Check Out Existing Successful Designs

It’s important to take inspiration from existing golf courses before you begin planning your own designs. There are some truly stunning golf courses out there that make the most of their location.

Sperone Golf Club in France is carefully sculpted from the natural landscape, retaining many of the original features. The Villingli Golf Course in the Maldives has everything you might expect from a luxurious location: turquoise lagoons, swaying palm trees, and tropical flowers.

Both of these beautiful 18-hole golf course have one thing in common: developers have worked with the natural landscape rather than brutalizing the land in favor of development. You should adopt this approach where possible.

Work with the Landscape

Look at your main features. The best golf courses are large expanses of green interspersed with plenty of natural features, such as landscaping, trees, lakes, ponds, hills, and more. While players are there to test their skills, they will appreciate a beautiful vista and natural backdrop to their game.

Adding Features to Your Golf Course

Water is often an integral feature of golf courses. From streams and lakes, to waterfalls and crashing surf, water adds something extra to broad expanses of greenery. Ponds and lakes also add extra challenges to golfers, especially when cunningly positioned between holes.

View your design from a 2D and 3D perspective. Take an aerial view of the area and work out the best way to work with the existing features, such as hills and lakes. Plan your design so that players can move between each section intuitively, taking in the different landscape features along the way.

You can move earth to create new hills and broad sweeps of turf or excavate water features where there are none.

Drainage may be an issue, so come up with solutions to control standing water if drainage is poor.

All golf courses need sand bunkers. Plan where yours need to go.

Plan where your pathways will go, making sure they twist and turn through the landscape. A wax polymer pathway mix will create aesthetically pleasing and durable golf course pathways. Don’t forget to make the pathways wide enough for golf buggies.

Topsoil is important. Golfers need a firm, uniform surface to putt on. Lay the groundwork at the very beginning of your design process. Check existing soil quality and add amendments to improve natural drainage and prevent soil compaction.

The right design will attract the world’s best golfers, so spend time working out a design that makes the most of the natural landscape, as well as offering some unique challenges to players.