The creation of a challenging golf course takes more than excavation and smoothing. Though these activities are important, they pale in comparison to the final shaping of the course. The shaping process takes into consideration the contour of the current land mass, the availability of necessary materials, and the vision of the architect.
Such items as the architect’s intentions to create a hard, soft, or natural surface come into play at the inception of the creative shaping of the course. These considerations determine draining needs and contour embellishments. The designed elevation of tees and greens often determine the sequence of shaping as golf courses must be shaped from the bottom up. A green placed at a low point is shaped before a tee at a high position as a matter of production efficiency.
It is the shaping process that finalizes the vision of the architect. The depth of bunkers, the decision of whether bunker lips are squared, beveled, or overhanging, and the slope of the sand surface are an example of the shaping process that goes into the creation of the course. Greens with undulating surfaces or flat surfaces demand different drainage systems to keep water from collecting in some areas and yet allowing enough moisture to remain to provide a smooth surface.
The beauty of a golf course comes to life during its shaping phase with the sculpting of contours. A flat course without bunkers presents little challenge to a practiced golfer. However, a golf course with elegant contours, challenging bunkers, and murderous water hazards piques the interest of every golfer. To create such golf courses demands that the course shaper pay strict attention to detail.
At Fusion Golf, our reputation is on the line with every project we tackle. Our mission is to present the vision of the architect as a physical reality. We pay strict attention to every detail, plan out the particulars in advance, and assemble all necessary materials before starting. We live with the fact that the creation of a challenging golf course lies in the shaping process.