Trees on links style/highland courses? Designing tips?

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« on: September 16, 2018, 06:57:28 AM »
Hi guys first time posting. I'm currently designing a highlands/links style course. I was wondering what people's thoughts are on trees on links style courses? Only a few in certain areas to help with the flow playability and force some strategic play of the tee? I  have designed a couple of courses and had next to no plays and I was really hoping if i take the time and go to the effort I'll get plays. I've already spent close to 20 hrs and I've only got the first 10 holes basically finished apart from planting. Tips and thoughts very appreciated
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 08:07:27 AM »
If your doing a real course you'll notice
the trees tend too be clustered together
in groups , it all depends on what you have
in mind , on my Craigendoran course there
isn't one tree , although I have some around
the outskirts of Prestwick. There are plenty
of other examples around , like Yeltzman's
courses , he's done all the top UK links.
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 12:38:37 PM »
You can do what you like ... you can take a look at Hylandia Falls Golf Links ...

No rules that say a "Links" course cannot have trees ... Just links style courses tend to be more open ....
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 06:32:43 PM »
When HB dumped the Links theme they touted the Highland theme as the best alternative to use, as Ddawg said don’t worry about what other people think make it for yourself.

If you take your time and check out how other designers have made their links courses.
Most top courses take a few months to make, hundreds of hours work so take your time and get it right first time.

If it’s your first course no one will expect it to be perfect so just make it playable.