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Standards are useful as guidelines, but strict adherence to standards does not make a great golf course.  It is only the careful utilization of natural features and existing terrain that makes for a memorable golf experience. The Golden Age architects often found themselves with difficult terrain and no ability to move enough earth to overcome a challenging natural feature. They didn't turn to standards and earth moving to remove these features.  Instead they accepted the challenge to find the most interesting holes on the property. They found a creative use of a natural feature in order to make a grand new hole that required additional thought and skill on the part of golfers. Occasionally these holes were criticized on first playing, but over time many of these holes have become the model of greatness.

Greatness has never come from a formula, but out of an innovative solution to a problem, be it in a routing or dealing with a difficult feature on site. Today‚Äôs new courses tend to be based on achieving at least 7,000 yards and a par 72, regardless of the available terrain. Often, great natural character has been sacrificed to achieve a ‚Äústandard‚ÄĚ golf course. Weir Golf Design believes to get the best course, nature alone should decide the length and par of the course.

‚ÄúDiversity is one of nature's strengths and the diversity of all the different golf courses across the world is golf's strength. When you think about it, other games are played across a standardized playing field. So why wouldn't we avoid standardization at all costs?‚ÄĚ

¬†‚Äď Ian Andrew







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