How Specialty Construction Creates Realistic Hazards at Golf Courses

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In the world of golf, Outside the Lines has created hazards in a wide variety of natural environments, ranging from lowland swamps to majestic mountains. OTL has integrated streams, sand bunkers, slopes, shorelines and other natural hazards. These features challenge golfers while making the course more attractive.

OTL strategically incorporates water features and real and artificial rockwork to enhance the game and create hazards that blend with nature. Carefully carved hills and valleys incorporate streams, cascading waterfalls and rockwork that enhance and preserve a natural environment while creating natural hazards.

When golfers talk about hazards, they generally mean anything on the golf course that may be detrimental to their score. This could be thick brush next to a green, a tall tree in the middle of the fairway or a winding brook next to a bunker. Basically, anything that provides a difficult obstacle on a golf course is a hazard. According to the official Rules of Golf, though, hazards fall into two categories only: bunkers and water.

Hazards are important elements in the game of golf, and their placement and design can determine the quality of the golf course.

Creating a challenging, yet beautiful, golf course takes strategic planning, countless hours of design, many sheets of drawings, renderings and 3D scale models. These tools help the project team visualize and stage the project long before construction even starts.

It takes a team of highly skilled artisans and designers to create realistic environments that mimic the natural randomness of nature. Their goal is to create realistic lakes, streams and waterfalls that will support a sustainable environment for vegetation and wildlife for years to come.

With precise planning and attention to every detail, specialty construction companies work closely with golf course designers and landscape architects. The entire project team must know and respect the game of golf, its history, players and design strategy. This knowledge, combined with unique creativity, engineering skills and use of natural and artificial materials, is necessary to build a challenging and memorable golf course.

If you would like to work with a team of highly skilled artisans and technicians who have created natural hazards at golf courses around the world, please contact us at: (714) 637-4747 or email us at