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Demand grows for golf architects

on Thursday,September 09,2010 22:09

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Architects may find career opportunities in a number of different fields. For example, golf architects work with clients to design and renovate courses that are shorter and less expensive to construct and maintain.

These professionals typically take into account the financial concerns of players and course managers, and the increasing demands on players' time. Recently, a greater emphasis has been placed on the design and construction of nine-hole courses in a throwback to 1950s- and 1960s-style plans.

"Extreme length and larger course sizes can be a financial burden on everyone," said Tom Clark, of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. "Courses measuring 7,500 yards or more for 18 holes are played to that length by about one percent of golfers. Something closer to 6,800 yards from the tips and 4,800 to 6,200 yards is good for 95 percent of all golfers."

ASGCA members also design layouts incorporating three-hole loops allowing for play of fewer than 18 holes. Golf architects are increasingly involved in land planning, including walking paths and trails near courses.

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