Golf Course Architecture - Green Pages 2020

DYE DES IGNS W e are living in a world that is facing a future of climate uncertainty. One- hundred-year storm events have become the norm, 500-year flood levels should be the new design standard. Our seas are rising, prompting storm surges and extreme flooding. Water shortages and drying lands have coincided with some of the worst fire seasons the USA has ever experienced. As our urban fabric continues to grow, design thinking must evolve to address climate stressors and new types of infrastructure systems must be developed. Golf courses can be part of the solution. They can perform as pieces of resilient ecological infrastructure that serve both neighbouring communities and natural habitats. I have adapted my approach to think more holistically about site design and make every opportunity to collaborate with a project’s full team of design and engineering disciplines. With industrialisation having taken its toll on the world, we must look for opportunities to restore native habitats, and this can be achieved via a thoughtfully designed course. Cynthia Dye McGarey discusses how a golf course can be used to protect neighbouring districts and natural habitats Environmentally-aware design Cynthia Dye McGarey designed West Cliffs Golf Links with its environmental impact in mind 20