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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

a community.

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



Digest 5

A round up of news from the golf

design industry, including water

management, golf tourism and award-

winning courses.

Golf development 8

By Design

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:

Toby Ingleton

Editorial contributors:

Sean Dudey; Stuart Hackwell, Rain Bird; Adam Lawrence; Aileen Smith


Bruce Graham

ASGCA Staff:

Chad Ritterbusch; Therese Suslick; Mike Shefky; Aileen Smith; Marc Whitney


Lennar Corporation; Preston Development Company; Rees Jones Inc.

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