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Klein: 12 design wishes for Old Tabby Links

Here are the design guidelines that the Old Tabby Links membership gave to Arnold Palmer Design Co.:

  • 1. First and foremost, restore the essential natural character of Old Tabby Links.
  • 2. No major changes in course routing. Some minor shifts in green positions or green shapes and/or size to enhance playability and strategic shot value should be considered.
  • 3. Enhance the general cosmetics of Old Tabby Links and add “pizzazz” or “wow” factor.
  • 4. Situate fairway bunkers to have them more involved in the strategy of each hole.
  • 5. The refreshed course should enhance the playing experience for those who “pay the bills” – that is the mid- to high-handicap player. Not necessarily a shorter or easier course, but a design that gives all players different, more playable approaches to each hole.
  • 6. Add some additional yardage to the Palmer tees to accommodate the younger demographic we are trying to attract.
  • 7. Consider shade when designing and placing greens to minimize necessity of tree removal. That said, remove non-specimen trees where necessary to enhance vistas and promote turf health.
  • 8. The final design should consider ease and efficiency of maintenance and address any ongoing trouble spots that currently exist, such as drainage or traffic.
  • 9. Design greens with as many different hole locations as possible to add variety to the playing experience.
  • 10. Review cart path routing, surfaces and engineering to address issues of dust and drainage to produce a more enjoyable golf cart experience – in both wet and dry weather.
  • 11. Review current practice facility to improve both function and aesthetics.
  • 12. Generally, make the Old Tabby Links “better.”

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