Watching the monumental task of building a golf course, the difficulties and the number of pairs of scissors which you need to rip through the preverbeal red tape is really mindblowing. In North America at this time, 2016, there are 5 courses in active dirt moving efforts. Shaping the ground from nothing to something. And you can only hope something special. It feels like new golf course design is on it’s way to the Drumheller Tyrell Museum. The 1st quarter of the 21st century could be the foreshadowing or is this the end of original or new golf projects?
Renovation work maybe the next step of great work in land sculpting. Being asked to spruce up a work of art like a Pinehurst, N.C. or St Georges in Toronto or Kananaskis, Lorette & Kidd, is a wonderful honor and a privilege. Work that allows architects to make a living is critical but restoration work in comparison to starting with a raw piece of land is certainly 2 different tee boxes. Reno work at a lesser course maybe even more attractive, with more liberties and the creative process maybe more liberal. This architect may feel like he just moved back a tee box.
There will be new courses, cross your fingers but we’ve seen an absolute slo-mo on new work. There’ll always be someone with a 1000 acres willing to shell out millions because they can. That’s if they can get a water license. Shouldn’t be a problem, they hand those out at any old country fair. Now there is more work being completed in India, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia but North America, crickets. I’m sure there’s an Architect’s Anonymous meeting happening somewhere right now, talking about how they missed out on being born 30 years earlier. A time when Billy bob’s excavation & design team had 3 projects going on at once, just in Southern California.