Golf courses accommodate longer shots
There is by no means a one-size-fits-all solution, and not just because golf courses vary in shape and length. Factors such as terrain, climate, wind conditions and altitude all affect the distance a ball can travel. In addition, the designers study who the players are — amateur or more elite. New developments can anticipate these problems.
Jim Birdsall is one of three co-owners of PTC Colorado, a mixed-use community in Burgdorf, Colorado that includes a championship golf course that spans just under 8,000 yards. This length, he said, can accommodate longer trips. But, he said, the extra length comes with added maintenance expenses, including water and fertilizer.
He said the new balls, which seek to add spin to a shot, can be problematic. “If a weekend warrior doesn’t know how to control the spin of a shot and overcooks it, there can be unintended consequences,” including the errant ball ending up in someone’s yard. ‘a.
The harder hitting among elite players is leading some to consider recalling the gear. the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the governing body of golf in Britain, suggested two years ago looking into the matter – the Remote analysis project.
TaylorMade’s Mr Beach said his company was working with golf organizations but hoped there were no restrictions on equipment advancements, which he said would be costly and difficult to monitor.
But for some golf course architects, technical advancements are not the primary motivation for golf course renovations.
“Golf courses are natural. They evolve and they can wear out,” said Schaupeter, who designed TPC Colorado. “There may be a single house that gets a dozen balls in its yard over the weekend. This is when you might shorten the hole or move the tee.