Forum Designers' Tour

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« Reply #45 on: March 06, 2016, 02:05:39 AM »
Good stuff man.  Keep it rolling
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« Reply #46 on: March 21, 2016, 01:51:32 AM »
Forum Designers’ Tour #6

Jayflower Golf Course by JRuckles

My Score: 65 (-6)

Jayflower GC is set on a small plot of land in an urban setting.  In order to fit 18 holes within the confines of the land holes are generally short in length, fairways are narrow, and greens are small.  The small greens feel firm, and putting is extremely tricky.

The Rustic theme provides a nice natural terrain, but the designer has covered it up with heavy rough throughout the course.  The fairways and rough textures used don’t match – the fairways and greens are bluish while the rough is yellowish – which creates a stunning contrast of colors.  There is minimal use of trees used within the confines of the course, and there is no planting or rock work of which to write.  Sculpting on the course, however, is noteworthy in its excellence.  The general terrain looks natural and fantastic, bunkers are well crafted, and the mounds of rough that split the fairways look and feel terrific. 

The best work in the design is actually outside the boundaries of the course which are marked by a wrought iron fence around the perimeter.  The plot is bordered by neighborhood houses, woods, a road, and a public park which includes an excellent looking baseball diamond behind the 10th green.   Off in the distance – and Jayflower’s noted signature – is the city skyline, a feature being copied by other designers in newer projects.

Working within the confines of the plot, fairway underlies the entire course and is split into narrow strips by well-placed mounds of heavy rough.  The fairways twist and turn through strategically placed trees, making a clear path to the green a rare occurrence.  In order to score well, players will have to shape their shots well and plan their routes from tee to green.  Often, playing to an adjacent fairway offers a better angle to the green.  Players that find the fairways will often be faced with short approaches which are more difficult than they first appear.  Greens don’t hold shots well so care must be taken on the rare long approach.  Putting is tricky as the greens have many small undulations.  Finding the right area of the green is a must.

With the narrow fairways, occasional obstacles, and tricky greens Jayflower Golf Course plays to an intermediate difficulty.  The various route options and the occasion need for shaping your shot keeps the round fresh and fun.  This course is a must-play for intermediate and skilled players.  Novices may find the required shot shaping and narrow fairways a bit too difficult.


Scarpacci Hills Restoration by Scarpacci

My Score: 70 (-2)

Scarpacci Hills features narrow fairways, tricky greens and, as the course name suggests, lots of elevation changes.  The greens are receptive, but missing the mark on your approach will leave you in a difficult position – often off the green and down a small slope leaving a tricky up and down.

The Boreal theme provides a nice array of coniferous trees, some good looking bushes and a really nice natural terrain.  The designers uses those elements, and not much else, to create a realistic round of golf.  Sculpting is, as is the case in all Scarpacci’s work, extremely well done.  The tree concentration is turned way up, seeming well past the typical concentration of Boreal courses. 

Most of the course layout is straightforward, but there are options on several holes to play through, around, and over the trees.  With lots of tricky elevation changes, approaches are fresh from hole to hole, providing an interesting round.  The green complexes require accurate approaches, and you’ll need to get very close in order to score well.

Overall, the narrow fairways and tricky greens present quite a challenge, but the receptiveness of the greens keeps the course at the top of the intermediate range in terms of difficulty.  Skilled players will do well but should find a nice relaxing round here.  Intermediate players will be adequately challenged.  Beginners will likely find the course difficult as they will find their way into situations from which recovery is less than easy.


Grey Raven G.C. by scampi00

My Score: 65 (-9)

Grey Raven features fairly narrow, winding fairways and firm greens with gentle breaks.  Hitting the fairway in the firm conditions isn’t always easy, and neither is getting close to the pin on approaches.  The gently sloped greens however will allow players to sink a few long putts and to minimize the bite of any mistakes.

The Rustic theme provides a very nice looking natural terrain and a deep green palette of large trees.  The designer makes full use of the native elements to create a very natural appearance.  There is some nice, if understated, planting that brings just a little bit of color to the course, while the mist rolls in off the lake through the trees.  While nothing really stands out, there are lots of little touches that embellish the course and come together to create an excellent looking design.

The course layout is mostly straightforward, although there are options off the tee on a few holes.  The fairways twist and turn through the trees and often, you’ll find yourself needing to fade or draw around a tree if you want to get close.  Most of the approaches are with mid irons, and there are more than a fair share of elevated greens.  With the firm conditions and gentle slopes, playing to the safe side of the pin is often a better play than trying to stick it close.

Overall, Grey Raven is a must-play for intermediate players seeking to step up their game in firm conditions.  With gentle slopes on and near the greens, it is one of the easiest firm courses, mainly because the penalty for a bad putt or approach is a very makeable par putt.  Top-level players will find the course a little bit too easy for competition, but should find a relaxing round among friends.  Beginners and novices may be frustrated by the firm greens if they haven’t encountered them before.


Kahana GC Tour Version (Sun)

My Score: 68 (-4)

Kahana GC features some twisty fairways and generally long approaches to moderately receptive, gently sloped greens.  The course favors smart, safe play and penalizes reckless play.  There is a lot of water in play, and there are plenty of bunkers to catch wayward shots.

The Topical theme doesn’t provide the broadest palette of colors, bringing in a two-toned green set of trees – some dark and the rest light – and the designer doesn’t bring anything else to the table.  Also of note is the prevalence of the natural terrain, which appears dusty and grey, resulting in a bland appearance.  Sculpting on the course – in both in-play and out-of-play areas is generally sub-par.  Bunker lips aren’t raised, giving them a painted-onto-the-terrain look that doesn’t feel realistic.  The various lakes and ponds are oddly shaped in some places, and there are odd mounds of bare terrain rising from the bottom of the water features in several places.

The course layout offers a number of risk/reward shots, but almost all of them involve hitting a long distance over water to a difficult-to-hold green.  The result is that it’s almost never a good play to take the risk which leaves the golfer feeling unrewarded for taking the risk and executing a great shot.  The exception to this is the drivable par-4 8th, where I left myself a makeable putt for eagle (I skimmed the edge and settled for birdie).

The fairways are curvy and narrow in places which makes driving a small challenge.  The real challenge comes in the approaches which are generally with long irons to tucked pins, so getting close to the cup is difficult.  The greens are gently sloped, so players will make more than the occasional long putt, but several pins seem to be on the top of small mounds that direct all but the perfect putt away from the cup.

Overall, the course will play on the easy side for the smart, careful players.  Reckless players will find their share of birdies and their share of bogeys throughout the round.  For me, it’s a good layout that is held back by its sameness and the below average aesthetics. 


Viking Weald Golf Resort by Antiparosjez

My Score: 64 (-8)

Viking Weald features narrow fairways, several holes with options off the tee, and receptive, gentle greens.  Players that find the fairway should find easy approaches and many scoring opportunities.

The Rustic theme offers an appealing natural terrain and set of trees.  The designer brings the theme close to the fairways, resulting in lots of narrow corridors and a secluded setting for each hole.  Planting is nicely done, as the designer brings in lots of good looking grasses to dress up the course.  Sculpting is excellent as well in both in-play and out-of-play areas.

The course layout offers several risk/reward shots.  Executing a well-played shot will put the player in good position for a great scoring opportunity.  Playing safe can also lead to many birdies, as the greens hold approaches well.  Fairways are narrow, providing the only challenge to the course.

Overall, the narrow fairways may frustrate the beginners, but accurate players should find an easy, relaxing round thanks to the soft, gentle greens.

La Siesta Lakes, Maroc by Hootbleet

My Score: 67 (-5)

La Siesta Lakes features narrow fairways, lots of elevation changes, and receptive but rage-inducing greens.  There are a variety of approaches here, and some risk/reward shots that could put you in prime position for better scoring.

The Boreal theme provides a really nice array of trees and plants, plus a sharp looking natural terrain.  The designer does bring in a few global plants here and there, but most of the course is flanked by native horticulture.  The course is undone, however, by the exceptionally poor sculpting of terrain.  There are steep slopes adjacent to fairways and greens, and just about everywhere you look, there are some unnatural looking mounds, peaks, and bowls.  The designer needs to spend more time using the fuzzy brushes and the flatten command to make the undulations and elevation changes feel more natural.  Bunkers are either poorly sculpted (much too deep) or not sculpted at all.   While this doesn’t make the course unplayable by any means, the poor sculpting detracts from the experience quite a bit.

The course layout is a little bit straightforward and a little bit risk/reward.  The first few holes play exceptionally easy (I was -6 thru 6), and then the course turns to torture.  Pins are placed on the tops of mounds and ridges, with steep slopes on either side.  Twice, I landed just a few feet to the side of the pin, only to roll off the green and into a deep greenside bunker, leaving me with an awkward shot from the sand from less than 15 yards, but several feet uphill.  This, I felt, was unfairly punishing a great shot. 

Overall, the course is playable for intermediate players, but not enjoyable.  While the hole routing is interesting, the poor sculpting and unfair greens detract too much from the experience. 
TGC2 Courses:
Transylvania Municipal Golf Park
Glacier Meadow Par 3 Nine
Acacia National
Bearded Pelican Golf Links

TGC1 Courses:
The Golf Club at Hylan Park
Crescentic Bay Golf Course
La Playa Vacia Golf Retreat
El Toro Golf Club

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« Reply #47 on: March 25, 2016, 11:08:42 PM »
Forum Designers' Tour #7 has been published, featuring the full courses included in the 3-Hole Showcase Contest Series 1, Tour 1.

Forum Designers' Tour #7
Rolls of Kohala by Mav78
Maple Valley golf & Country Club (gold tees), (Thursday), (TGC) by hockeyisland
Wild Goose Run Country Club by RAMJET36
TGC @ Hickville by XGN_DerpyBurger
Le golf des vacheries by UrsusArctos
TGC2 Courses:
Transylvania Municipal Golf Park
Glacier Meadow Par 3 Nine
Acacia National
Bearded Pelican Golf Links

TGC1 Courses:
The Golf Club at Hylan Park
Crescentic Bay Golf Course
La Playa Vacia Golf Retreat
El Toro Golf Club

 

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