Golf Course Design & Consultation
Golf Course Construction
|Golf Course Architecture
The aim of the
Golf Course Architect is to create a truly great
golf course by utilizing to the fullest extent
possible the potential of a promising piece of
land. This potential is expressed in the site's
location, slope, vegetation, water features, soil
types, climate and orientation.
Course Architect's role is the realization of this
potential under the constraints of design
criteria that separate the truly great golf
course from the ordinary.
For instance, each nine
holes should open and close at the clubhouse. The course
should be challenging and interesting, but not
necessarily penalizing. There should be a welcoming and
interesting blend of par 3's, 4's, and 5's, as well as a
variety of lengths, orientations, and situations inherent
in the fairway arrangement. The ability to capitalize on
unique views or significant terrain features, without
monumental and costly alterations to the site, is another
big plus. A really good architect can tell, during his
first walk-through, whether a particular site is intended
for a spectacular golf course or not.
The image above is a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of a course I designed. It allows me to design in 3-D, and can be taken to any degree of completion I or the client wishes. It allows views from any perspective or angle, and allows panning, walkthroughs, or fly-overs on any of the fairways. It can be a very effective tool to show how a course may look long before any physical work is done, as it shows true existing elevations and true proposed elevation changes, and how design features will relate to those changes.
||You may visit one of the courses Golf
Course Architect, John
Francis Yuhas, has worked on, at www.Links-at-sunset-ridge.com, if you wish. Or, if
you want to see it in person, and play it, it's
located exactly 1 mile east of Marcellus, NY,
about 15 minutes west of Syracuse, on the south
side of West Seneca Turnpike (I-175 ). With its
unique plan of six par 3's, six par 4's, and six
par 5's, and its 4-tee per fairway setup, be
prepared to use every club in your bag, no matter
what your level of golfing skill. (You may
view layout of this course and some photos of it by clicking on
"Golf Course Design" tab on selection bar to left.)
After 18 holes, you may want to sit on
the elevated deck of the spacious 8000 square foot clubhouse,
where you will be treated to a view of half of the course's 162
acres, and watch the sun set in the mountains across scenic Nine
Mile Creek Valley. It was called
"The Links @ Sunset Ridge", but the name has been changed to the "Marcellus Golf Club".
The ph. # is 315-673-2255.
John Francis Yuhas has
completed a course in Elbridge, NY, 30
minutes west of Syracuse on NY State Rt. 5. It is located
exactly 1 mile west of the Village of Elbridge, on the
South side of Rt. 5. It is a championship grade
18-hole golf course weaving its way through 160-plus
acres of former farmland, wooded area, and a unique
wetland environment adjacent to Skaneateles Creek. You
may want to bring your golf clubs and your fly
when you come to this course. A par-5 530-yard Fairway 12
and a par-4 320-yard Fairway 14 cross a pristine
Skaneateles Creek filled with Brown and Rainbow trout. A
par-3 Fairway 18 island green, in the middle of a 7-acre,
9-million-gallon pond (lake?) with peninsula tees at
ranges of 95, 135, and 185 yards awaits the daring. A
120-yard par-3 Fairway 6 with a 90' vertical drop feels
like you're hitting from the top tier of Giants Stadium
and trying to stick it on a 30-yard-diameter circle on
the field. This course is called
If you'd like to see some sequential, hi-res, photos taken during
construction of this course, and as it looks now, click on the "Golf Course
Construction Supervision" tab in the selection bar to left, or below.
|John Francis Yuhas has signed on to
do a thorough redesign and expansion to 18 holes, of a current 9 hole
course in Rome, NY. Three existing ponds will be enlarged and improved.
Two new large ponds will be constructed. The clubhouse has already been renovated
and expanded. Parking area will be redesigned and doubled in size.
housing lots, all with magnificent views of the course, have been
designed, and construction has begun. This new facility, when completed, will be called the "Beaver
Creek Golf Club & Estates".
Francis Yuhas recently began work on a new championship-grade
18-hole golf course on "Reserve Isle at South Riders Caye",
in Belize. It is called "Black Orchid", the black orchid being the National Flower of Belize. Black Orchid is on an island (shown above left) 1.5 miles NNE of Belize City, and
13 miles SW of Caye
Chapel. The first nine holes will be created on man-made islets SW of the
main island, and will be linked with non-obtrusive causeways, creating a lily-pad effect.
The second nine holes will be located inland, and give many of
the residential properties exceptional views of the course, while also
offering "water" play, including a unique "island-within-an-island" green on the par-3 17th fairway. The course will utilize the Architect's famous 3-3-3 format with 3 par 3s, 3 par 4s, and 3 par 5s for each nine holes. The entire design is a little shorter
than usual, but is approached with the idea of creating as
environmentally friendly a course as possible in its setting,
with no impact on the eco-systems of the area. The reefs and
mangroves will remain untouched. Paspalum grasses, which are
salt tolerant, and can even be irrigated with salt water, will
be used, in different hybrid varieties, for tees, greens, and
fairways. The course, in addition to being a beautiful seaside
championship-grade course appealing to traditionalists, will
also be designed for use as a setting for Extreme Golf and Disc (Frisbee) Golf, both of which are growing in popularity.
This unique approach will lend itself to one of the most
unique Caribbean-style golf courses anyone has ever seen,
or played. Reserve Isle will also have a luxurious
clubhouse/hotel, condominiums, a market plaza, villas, an interior
lake and marina, a 5000' airstrip, a ferry
landing, and 128 beautifully configured residential lots.
Click on the thumbnail above right
to see a full-scale plan for Reserve Isle.
Photos of Golf Course Construction