Mr. Matt Swanson stopped by to visit with some of our junior golfers this morning for another session of golf course design. He has been involved in the design of many golf courses around the world including Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore which was the site for the HSBC Women's World Championship in March 2023 and LIV Golf in April 2023. We are always thankful for his willingness to share his knowledge with our young golfers.
Today's session was a hands-on workshop. First the golfers shared their personal designs of a golf hole with Mr. Swanson. He provided some general feedback about the elements of a good golf hole which were included in their designs and then he walked them through a series of questions that need to be considered when laying out an entire golf course. One very important question: Where does the sun rise and set?
After studying pictures of actual golf holes, the golfers were encouraged to apply the knowledge that they just learned by sketching out a portion of a golf course on design paper.
"The class was awesome. I loved that he gave us a sheet to create our own course and I loved how he drew on the tracing paper." -Juliana Morrison.
"I was intrigued by how they factor in where the sun rises and sets in order to design a course." -Michelle Morrison.
"He designed Commons and that's where I learn and practice. I like that." -Abriella Morrison