Golf By Design James Wilcher Reveals Secrets Of The Perfect Golf Course

The fourth dimension concept describes our holistic approach to Golf course design.

Golf by Design by James Wilcher - The fourth dimension concept, a holistic approach to design

The Fourth Dimension Concept applied to Golf Course Design

It emphasizes the aesthetic and strategic importance of the selection and placement of each aspect
of the golf course landscape, be it the texture and colour of the grasses, the depth and style of the bunkers or the integration of the vertical landscape.

Textual Diversity of a Course

Golf by Design by James Wilcher - Holistic design approach balances every aspect of the golfing experienceThe textural diversity of these features enhances the presentation and playing appeal of the course. Identifying these subliminal messages of a site, exposing them and developing them such that the character of the site is internalised within the overall design is critical to the strategic, aesthetic, environmental and playing dynamics of the finished course.

Golf Courses Designed for All Levels

Golf by Design by James Wilcher - Biodiversity is integral to the enjoyment of the game

For the game of golf to be enjoyed by all, regardless of handicap, a course must offer playing options of varying difficulty and not favour one kind of player.

This is achieved through careful consideration of hazard placement; a range of teeing options; width of fairways; depth of rough; and the shape, size and slope of greens.

These strategic  aspects of golf course design should never be obvious, rather they are revealed only after continual play. Thus we encourage golfers to return time and again to discover the true nature of the course.

Environment and Sustainable Golf Course management

Golf By Design by James Wilcher - Preserving BiodiversityGolf courses are timeless assets that leave an indelible legacy long beyond those chartered with the responsibility of designing them have gone.   Today, more than ever, environmental sustainability is crucial. Creating golf courses that are carbon positive and incorporate environmental best practice is the key to increase the value of your asset overtime   Such practice can be achieved by using a number of initiatives. Mapping of the carbon footprint of golf courses through the planning, design and development, construction and maintenance phases.

Consideration and management of the biodiversity of the site

Such effort generally involve the following:

  • Ensuring the highest standards of water management (both ground and surface) encompassing usage, harvesting, recycling and filtration
  • Integration, where appropriate, of adequate buffer zones to areas of high ecological significance
  • Preservation and enhancement of riparian zones and their management
  • Preservation and enhancement of native habitat
  • Appropriate selection of turf grass
  • Soil management and erosion control
  • Energy conservation
  • Air and noise management – enhance the longevity of the course and then enjoyment for players
  • Protection of sensitive receptors
  • Education and training of staff but also players
  • Design of first class maintenance facilities, including appropriate storage of hazardous chemicals and well designed wash down areas.

Golf by Design by James Wilcher - Nuances of light,  shadow and contour in play at The Cut Designing and developing and golf courses that complement and enhance the surrounding environment, encouraging the course to appear as a natural extension of the existing landscape is a key competence of leading Golf course designers

In cases where the development site confers little natural advantage or is subject to constraints such as flooding or the developer’s commercial objectives, a good designer should be capable of applying creative and strategic design skills to manufacture a natural looking result that satisfies specific needs aesthetically and economically.

James Wilcher founded Golf by Design 14 years ago. James is one of the industry’s most exciting designers, with over 26 years experience creating spectacular courses in Australia and Asia. Before founding his own consultancy, James worked as Greg Norman’s lead designer and has amassed a diverse design portfolio working on prestigious projects in Indonesia, Australia, South Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, China, India and Japan.

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