What it takes to build a successful Golf Course
Golf Course Architect Jeffrey D Brauer has spent decades in the business of Golf Course design and construction. Never allowing tough terrain or outdated design to dissuade or limit his enthusiasm for what he could plan and design. His focus was about creating playable courses for all to enjoy. Consistently building award winning golf courses takes extraordinary talent and purposeful qualities. We’ve listed a few below.
A Golf Course Architect identifies the goal
When planning the course, designers and owners alike have the goal of a long lasting course with challenging and enjoyable rounds of golf for all. When building the Quarry at Giants Ridge Brauer commented; “I don’t believe in designing tough courses.” Neither potential members, average golfers, or even millennial who will eventually support this course are enamored with extremely difficult tests of golf, although that philosophy was embraced and seemed true in the past. I am taking advantage of the site to design for moderately challenging, intensely interesting and beautiful golf.”
Tasking the Challenge
The greatest challenge for a golf course architect is designing a beautiful golf course without disrupting the eco system that exists in and around the land designated for the course. For example, when building Tempest Golf every measure was taken to protect trees, animals and the general terrain so that members and residents alike to enjoy the natural beauty of the area which also contributed to the beauty of the course.
Maintain the Vision
Building a golf course from sand and gravel at the Quarry at Giant’s Ridge was a tremendous feat. Accepting the challenge was half the battle. Maintaining the vision would dictate the successful completion. This resulted in an awarding course built on rock quarries from land of a century old sand and gravel company.
Confidence and enthusiasm for the work
When crafting a plan for the Tempest Golf Course. Brauer took a walk with its owner who by all measure had limited enthusiasm due to years of lost opportunity. A passage from Brauer’s website describes the meeting with owner shows a confident enthusiastic Brauer ready for challenge. The owner of Tempest stated “I was ready to give up, but I walked the old course with Jeff, who was like a kid in a candy store. He was so enthusiastic and excited about the chance to make something special that I totally bought into his way of thinking and our collective vision for what was possible here came together.”
We now know in addition to great design, building a successful golf course also takes an individual who loves the work; understands the goal while accepting the challenge of the rough spots. The greatest Golf course architects maintain the vision with the enthusiasm and confidence to get the job done. Jeffrey D. Brauer is an American Award–Winning Golf Course Architect who works with great vision, confidence and enthusiasm to build the very best golf course for the enjoyment of players. Contact Jeffrey D. Brauer if you’re considering building a new golf course or redesign.
Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes, Inc.
3809 Canton Jade Way
Arlington, TX 76005