Golf Course Architecture: Issue 57 - July 2019

27 Photo: Schmidt-Curley Design each feature backdrops of the primary dune complex that was naturally created off the beachfront. “The mid-length par-three twelfth plays into the teeth of the wind directly out to the beach, but is followed up by a short, reachable par four with the wind at your back and features a massive ridgeline dune that is largely turf. If carried, the ball is propelled towards the large undulating green,” said Curley. “If not carried, balls will likely roll back leaving a blind second shot. “The course ends with a stretch of beachfront holes, finishing with pars of 4-3-5, including the reachable par- five eighteenth that plays over a large waterway into a dramatic backdrop of dunes and features a bowled-out green surrounded by open sand.” Construction was handled by Flagstick Golf Course Management and directed by Martin Moore and his team, which included site manager Joey Cagle and lead shaper Don Page. Curley remains busy in Vietnam with additional FLC projects planned to start soon. He is also currently adding nine holes at Stone Valley Golf Resort, just south of Hanoi, as well as finishing the fourth course at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand, set for a late 2019 opening. Brian Curley said Ocean Dunes offers “plenty of natural casuarina pine vegetation along with the white sand base,” as seen above on the eighteenth hole The summer 2019 issue of the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ By Design magazine, sees ASGCA members share insight into projects that they have worked on in emerging golf markets. “The challenges were always many, because in some of our initial attempts, we had no idea if a club golf market would even exist, or if people would understand or appreciate the concept,” said Mark Hollinger of JMP Design Group, whose firm created one of the first residential golf communities in mainland China – Agile Golf & Country Club. Download the issue and subscribe to By Design via “We had no idea if a club golf market would even exist” GOOD READ