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Though the movement has been slow to build, the technique known as “minimalism” has lead to all of the greatest courses built in the last 50 years. Names like Pacific Dunes, Friars Head, and Sand Hills are examples of courses that have been built by designers embracing this style.

Minimalism was a term coined to describe what a handful of modern day architects were doing that distinguished them from their peers. In reality it was a return to the techniques used by Golden Age designers such as Stanley Thompson, A.W. Tillinghast, and Alister MacKenzie. Minimalism is about making the choice to move as little or even no earth during the construction of a golf course. This approach leads to developing golf courses that are in complete harmony with their natural surroundings.

Weir Golf Design has learned through studying the Golden Age architects that restraint is often more important than one's ability to direct earthmoving equipment. We recognize that modern architecture has the ability to shape nature, but suffers from the inability to avoid repetition. Nature, on the other hand, does not repeat itself and offers the architect an unlimited number of unique possibilities on each property. It is up to us to go out and find those natural holes through repeated walks over the site until we find the best routing.

Weir Golf Design knows that the greatest golf holes were found and not created.






1. Options
6. Standards?
2. Playability
7. Greens
3. Fun
8. Craftsmanship
4. Short 4's
9. Environment
5. Minimalism