La Playa Vacia WIP

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ErixonStone

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« on: March 04, 2016, 01:42:41 PM »
One early Saturday morning during the fall of 1971, an otherwise unremarkable fisherman-turned-quasi-explorer, named Patricio Descontrolado, steered his personal catamaran out into the Pacific Ocean off the western shore of Costa Rica.  Having recently split with his long-time girlfriend, Mr. Descontrolado had quite a bit of time to himself.  The extra time was spent drifting father from the coast than he had ever gone before, heading deeper into the ocean until he was no longer able to see the shore.  A few moments later, a land form emerged from the horizon. 

Patricio accelerated towards the land mass and minutes later, he was ashore.  Tall palm trees and luscious raintrees provided a beautiful relaxing environment where Patricio was alone with his thoughts.  Lots of time was on his hands now, but he didn't have much to do.  After several minutes enjoying the aroma of the trees, he spotted a small, roundish stone.  Bored, but enjoying the atmosphere, Patricio began to toss the stone trying to knock it against a particular tree.  Each time he missed, he would pick up his stone and try again from wherever he was standing.  When was successful, he would pick out a new tree that was a little farther away than the first one.

After several hours, Patricio was still enjoying himself.  The target tree was now a few hundred meters away from where he was standing, so even reaching the tree took several tosses.  To make things more interesting, he thought up new rules requiring that the stone be tossed between "those two trees over there" before he allowed himself to take aim at the target tree.

The sun slowly slipped behind the ocean to west, and Patricio returned home to his cabin on the shore of Costa Rica.  The next morning, he paid a visit to his dear old friend, Humberto Olgazanear.   Big H., as he was called retired at an early age with quite a lot of money, but no one really knew exactly where it came from or how Big H. earned any of it.  He certainly never told anyone what he did for a living, and eventually, the townsfolk accepted that he just had money without caring.

Patricio was excited to tell Humberto about the game he had invented with the round stone and the trees, and all the enjoyment he had while playing.  Big H. just chuckled when he heard the news.  "Come with me, Patricio," he said, and the pair hopped into a sleek red convertible.

"Where are we going?" Patricio asked.

"Escazu, near Guadalupe.  I think you'll enjoy it there."

Patricio had never been more than 30 km from the coast before, but 90 minutes later, Humberto announced that they had arrived.  Patricio glared at the grounds' entrance.  "bienvenido a COSTA RICA COUNTRY CLUB" read the sign on the archway.  The pair entered the clubhouse and Big H. helped Patricio find a nice set of clubs to borrow that, according to Big H., were a a little bit smaller than ideal, but would do.

"Welcome to the game of golf, Patricio.  I've now effectively ruined your weekends, my friend.  But, I must admit, it will be quite nice to have a partner."

Patricio couldn't believe his eyes.  This game was infinitely more challenging than the one he invented.  It made him downright angry at times, but the challenge of the next week ate at him constantly.  His thoughts alternated between slightly different versions of Just wait 'til next week, and It would be so much easier to just throw the ball. 

While on his fishing canoe, memories of his now ex-girlfriend faded, and Patricio thought only of two things: playing golf and the uninhabited island no one else knew about.  Then he started to think about both of them together and how he would twist his way through the trees differently, in a way the CRCC didn't. 

In the spring of 1972, Patricio missed his first round with his dear friend Big H.  He had fallen asleep on the island beside a bonfire and didn't make it back home until noon the next day.  Humberto was at the house when he arrived.  He explained that he fell asleep on this unknown island, thinking about golf course design.  The island would make an ideal setting for golf, and Patricio was sure that people from the area would love to go there and try the game.

"That's not an unknown island, my friend," Humberto explained.  "I own the island, but I never thought of anything to do with it.  I like my home, so I didn't want to move there.  I enjoy golf, but there aren't any courses there.  I don't really do much else.  But you're right; it really is a gorgeous setting."

Patricio was shocked.  He wanted to know just how his friend got to be the owner of such a beautiful island, but he didn't dare ask.  Instead, Patricio thought of a proposition:  He would build a golf course.  There was one problem - a major one at that.  Patricio was far from wealthy.  He didn't have money to build anything, let alone a full golf course.    The two friends worked out an agreement.  Patricio would design a course for Humberto's land.  Humberto would, of course, cover all the costs of construction.  Once the course was open, Humberto would pay Patricio a small salary to work the course - keeping it neat, and greeting guests on the weekends.  If all went well, once the construction costs were covered, Patricio would earn a half-stake.

Patricio left the fishery to begin working on Humberto's land.  Construction has begun and several holes are built.  Patricio insists more planting is needed, and some minor changes are still required on the completed holes.  There are still a few holes that have been marked, but no construction has begun.

Some early photos:









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

rdh

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2016, 01:50:35 PM »
You win for the most elaborate course history ever posted.  I'm wondering if you're delusional and think this actually happened... (That was a joke...not intended to be mean)


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WindyCityWizard

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2016, 02:52:40 PM »
I think my favorite part was that Humberto needed a nickname.
In such a long elaborate story about a video game golf course, Humberto just wasn't good enough. Needed to add that he was called Big H by his friends. I don't know why, but that really cracks me up.
Anyways, nice looking course so far. :)
Lots of versions due to refurbishments.
Play the ones exactly how they're listed here:
Tulip Point CC-Queen's Course
Tulip Point-Prince Course
Tulip Point-Royal Forest
Tulip Pt.-King's Course
Tulip Pt.-Royal Meadow
*All courses above have B, C, D versions*

Also,
Timber Trails (RCR)

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2016, 04:29:08 PM »
sweet read! couldn't stop reading once I started. now I can't wait for the course to be completed!!
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pyates

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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2016, 06:24:37 PM »
I've not read it all... But going by the pics it looks like you've picked up a ton of good ideas from those course reviews. IMO spending time looking at what other designers do well and scrutinising it is a great way to learn.  Whether or not that is the case, those pics look excellent.  Love the planting and rocks that you've done so far and the views look great.  Really looking forward to this one :)
Full Courses:
Sandy Foot Links (TGCTLive Olympic Entry)
Royal Brumby
Tye Dunes II
Tye Dunes
Marazion Golf Club
University Links (TGCT 2015 Open Championship)

ErixonStone

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2016, 11:26:52 PM »
I've not read it all... But going by the pics it looks like you've picked up a ton of good ideas from those course reviews. IMO spending time looking at what other designers do well and scrutinising it is a great way to learn.  Whether or not that is the case, those pics look excellent.  Love the planting and rocks that you've done so far and the views look great.  Really looking forward to this one :)

I've picked up quite a few ideas.  Reviewing courses got me thinking about what elements I liked and others that didn't quite work for me.  I also started to pay more attention to the out-of-play areas.  Here are just a few things that I've paid attention to, mostly because they are my own preferences:

- Variety of approaches.  Bump and run, carry over hazards, uphill, downhilll, various lengths
- Sidehill lies should vary throughout the course - both direction and steepness
- Variety of green configurations.  The best play should be away from the hole once or twice.
- Variety of tee shots.  Risk/reward, shot shaping, distance control, and somewhere to let loose
- Sculpting should appear realistic.
- Adjacent holes should be visible throughout the course.
- There should be interesting planting/sculpting visible on almost every shot.
- Avoid use of overly large plants and rocks
- Maintain a consistent look/feel

When it's done, the course should play to a moderate-to-easy difficulty.  The green slopes are mostly gentle, as long as you find the safe side of the cup.  There are a few steep slopes, but they shouldn't send your ball too far away.  There is one green where a missed putt could run down the ridge, but should stop about 20 feet from the cup and leave a relatively straight, uphill putt.

Some new WIP photos.






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

ErixonStone

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2016, 01:47:43 PM »
No a lot to report on this one.  I did lay down the 18th which runs along La Playa Vacia and I am working on the finishing touches (Members' and Ladies' tees, additional planting/sculpting, clubhouse area, cart path).  My contest course is taking most of my time, but this project is serving as my respite from that.
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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