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E. Lawrence Packard

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Philosophy of Design

Golf course architecture is similar to standard architecture of buildings because it provides the opportunity to create something of lasting beauty.

The steps required to do this include:

1) A sizeable piece of suitable land, preferrably one hundred fifty acres for an eighteen hole course on which golf tournaments can be held, and including enough space for the clubhouse, parking space, outdoor swimming pool and a few tennis courts.

2) A golf course plan which ideally begins with a Par 4; next, a Par 5; another Par 4 and then a Par 3; then repeating the sequence, giving maximum variety.

3) A full and complete set of plans and specifications including:

a. A clearing and dimension plan.
b. A grading and drainage plan.
c. Detailed grading and drainage plan for all 18 greens in addition to the practice putting green, practice chipping green, practice tee and fairway.
d. An irrigation plan including any waterways and ponds.
e. A pump house plan showing pumps and motors.
f. A plan showing areas for tees, greens, fairways and roughs; designating suitable grasses for each.
g. A tree-planting plan for both large and small trees.
h. A club house, et al area.
i. A professional golf course superintendent and building with office and storage areas.
j. An electric service area for all lighting, electric pump motors, air conditioning and electric golf carts.
k. Sewerage disposal plan.
l. Complete specifications for all golf course items.
m. A list of suitable bidders so competitive bids can be taken.

4) In essence my design philosophy includes the use of three elements, where possible:

a. Woods
b. Wind
c. Water (limited)

Running the golf holes in a north-south direction and in a clockwise direction around the property.

5) Proper professional maintenance is a must with adequate provision for the proper tools, machinery and personnel.