hat is it to be part of a community? For some, it is a sense of
togetherness and mutual support, for others the opportunity for
social interaction or access to shared amenities. For most it is
probably some combination of each of these, and more.
While developers look to golf for a financial return on investment, the
appeal for residents is often golf’s ability to deliver these attributes that make
It is clear from our cover story that a major appeal of golf—and one of
the reason that developers are continuing to build it into their projects—is
its ability to bring people together. As a golfer, you can learn more about
a person during a round of golf than you can in a year’s worth of passing
conversations. It creates enduring friendships. And it’s not just golfers
who benefit. A clubhouse and related facilities can provide a range of other
activities—social events, a pool, tennis, or dining—to appeal to a broad
spectrum of people throughout the community it serves, and beyond.
The golf course itself can contribute to the local community too—it serves
as a green space buffer, and plays an important role in water management
within a development.
I hope you enjoy the issue.
Steve Smyers, ASGCA
American Society of Golf Course Architects
A round up of news from the golf
design industry, including water
management, golf tourism and award-
winning courses.Golf development 8
explores how and why
today’s developers are bringing golf
to residential communities.Water management 12
Golf courses are more than just an
amentiy at The Villages in Florida.Site evaluation 14
A new program from ASGCA and
USGA is providing assistance to
publicly accessible golf courses.Championship golf 16
ASGCA Fellow and Past President
Rees Jones says the future will need a
new kind of championship course.Five to finish 18
Jason Straka, ASGCA, provides
answers to our five quick questions.
ASGCA Past President Bill Love designed
the golf course at the Carolina Colours
community in North Carolina.
Photo: Preston Development Company.
Investing in community
Editor and Publisher:
Sean Dudey; Stuart Hackwell, Rain Bird; Adam Lawrence; Aileen Smith
Chad Ritterbusch; Therese Suslick; Mike Shefky; Aileen Smith; Marc Whitney
Lennar Corporation; Preston Development Company; Rees Jones Inc.
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