Design criteria

Unique holes and integrated with the environment

The design criteria we apply allows the abovementioned to become a reality and not just an empty phrase. This is achieved by way of assessing and designing each and every hole of the course.

When making a design we also applied general considerations. Thus, one of his main design criteria was to try to create a course consisting of: 6 par- 3’s, 6 par- 4’s y 6 par- 5’s. The advantages are quite a few and very important.

1. Saving land surface

The approximate saving is up to 20% of the surface compared to the traditional courses consisting of 4 Par-3’s; 10 Par- 4’s and 4 Par-5’s.

  • 1.1  Due to the replacement of 2 Par-4´s by 2 Pars-3´s.
  • 1.2  Due to the easy suitability of the pars 3 to the available surface
  • 1.3  The increase of the length as a consequence of turning 2 Par-4´s into Par-5’s does not make up the above mentioned items. Meaning that 6 Par-5’s have the following features which turn them into “real Par 5” unlike other par 5 which are: “Pars 4 + medium-short iron”.

* Reachable green in two good shots

* Chance to achieve an “eagle-birdie” or a “bogey-double bogey”

2. Clone and Specific design

The ability to provide each design with all the expected features and requirements from the very first stage of the sketching of the course so that the maximum quality and the course performance are guaranteed consistently and not only as a result of a moment of inspiration. Although ensuring the uniqueness of each of them by way of boosting its specific features.

  • 2.1  A precise assessment of the course difficulty as a whole as well as by group of holes; Par-3’s; Par- 4’s and Par-5’s.
    • 2.1.1  Designing each group of holes in three categories: short, medium and large. Thus, there are 6 holes of each of the three mentioned levels, consisting of: 2 Par-3’s, 2 Par-4´s and 2 Par-5’s.
  • 2.2 Maximum balance of the features in each hole group
  • 2.3  Quality level and course difficulty fixation from the initial designing stage.
  • 2.4 Highlight design singularities that will give it a unique personality.

3. Homogeneity of both rounds

Building two equivalent 9-hole rounds:

  • 3.1  The starting out for players who begin either from the 1st tee or the 10th is matched
  • 3.2  The same effect of the former case for the shot-gun starts.
  • 3.3  The final holes which are the instrumental ones would be more even in both cases.
  • 3.4  Less differences in case of weather changes.
  • 3.5  The difference between morning-afternoon is lessened

4. Uncertainty

The score cards may have a greater number of birdies and bogeys and therefore the excitement is kept until the end.

  • 4.1  Being able to create at the end of each round a sequence of amazing holes of the type: Par-4, Par-3 and Par-5, those two last ones with greens upheld by water hazards, for example.
  • 4.2  The maximum spectacle is guaranteed on TV aired tournaments where the coverage is chiefly centered in the last holes.

5. Greater Variety

  • 5.1  This is guaranteed due to the alternation of Par-3; Par-4 and Par- 5 holes during the round of golf.
  • 5.2  Playing variety from one day to another. Each player’s feeling will change daily depending on the game strategy that is followed whereas increasing the alternating expectations “birdie bogey”

6. Concentration

Higher concentration during the 4-4 ½ hours of game.

  • 6.1  Due to noted on 5.1 and 5.2
  • 6.2  The existence of more Par-5 on the horizon which represent birdie options will prevent the player from walking out of the game despite not being successful

7. Game Consistency between “Amateurs” – Professionals

The aim is to build consistent courses for the club players as well as professional golfers playing in tournaments. Both will have the maximum level of performance from the course.

  • 7.1  For the “amateurs”, the Par- 3’s and the Par-5’s represent the best chance to make a better score card and accomplish the handicap. Here they are increased by four with regards to the conventional sequence of 10 Par- 4’s; 4 Par-3’s and 4 Par-5’s.
  • 7.2  The awkwardness of the pars 3 and 5 can be easily timed by the game of the amateurs precisely locating the tees in order to achieve the intended grade of difficulty.
  • 7.3  Having in mind professional tournaments, a difficulty level could be pre-established in the group of holes where the winner result is foreseen. It would be around a maximum of 15 under.

8. Greater selection

  • 8.1  Due to the variety sought the players performance will be the highest. The most complete ones will be those who will really have the chance to win.    
  • 8.2  The design will actually force to play all the clubs in the bag because of holes of all kind of lengths and features.

9. Different playing options

  • 9.1  The 6 Par-5’s allow us to choose between two shots to the green or playing them more conventionally.
  • 9.2  Occasionally, the two short Par-4’s could allow us to go directly to green with the driver. This could be achieved when there is a prominent dog leg, upheld by water so above it the length of the hole can be shortened.
  • 9.3  The next group of holes : Par-3; Par-4: Par-5 which the players will encounter during the round will allow them to decide at any moment the level of risk to be taken and therefore, how to play the holes

10. Natural resource utilization of the land

  • 10.1  The great adaptability of the Par3’s allow to create striking holes where the land has a landscape singularity like: unusual trees, lakes, streams, cliffs, near to the sea, etc.
  • 10.2  Being the Par-5’s conceptually both eagle-birdie as well as bogey-double bogey, defend the greens with amazing natural hazards, like the aforementioned or artificial ones, like bunkers, etc.
  • 10.3  At terrains lacking from natural landscape milestones it is much easier, i.e.: creating a big lake that would embrace a Par-3 and a Par-5 either because they are consecutive o due to the vicinity between them always keeping the look of NATURAL DESIGN.