Parkland Golf Design

Parkland golf is very common in the middle states, like Idaho or Montana, but can be found on the coastlines as well. These types of courses are usually treelined and green, they are very lush. Hence the name “park like design,” they don’t lack water in the rough, fairways and greens. These courses vary with elevation changes but will tend to play very flat with many doglegs winding around the course. An example of a coastline course known as a parkland design can be The Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA. This type of course is very lush and tree lined, although it’s not as tree lined as say a course like Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia, it still represents the “park like design.” Another course that would be represented as a parkland golf course is Santa Teresa Golf Course in South San Jose. I believe public golf courses match the parkland design more so then country clubs because they are mostly built on flat land and planted with trees. Although there are many country clubs that are a parkland designed. Other municipal golf courses that are represent the parkland type would include San Jose Muni, Coyote Creek golf course and Los Lagos Golf Course.

Popular types of parkland golf courses include Augusta National Golf Club, Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. As you will start to see most of all of the course played on the PGA Tour are played parkland type golf courses. I believe the American tour players prefer this type of golf over the links because that is the type of course they grew up on. I would doubt there are very few European players that prefer parkland designed courses, since they grew up more on the links design. Everyone of those courses listed above doesn’t have any types of links course design designated to them. Maybe in a way where there are some low mown chipping areas. But the rough tends to be thick with a few different cut levels, without many low mow chipping areas. I play a parkland type of course for my home course and I would argue that after having an architect come in and redo the bunkers and having him make suggestions for short game options, he has ruined the original design. He took out the thick rough around the green and created low mown chipping areas. But that type of design doesn’t adhere to the original course design, it creates a more links style type of course which mixes the two main course design types.   

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