When you build a golf course feature, the idea is to make it appear as if it was never built at all. A lifelong interest in geology and soil is a helpful first step in understanding natural looking landforms and then being able to implement them through tools big and small. Get the forms close with the machine, but get the final look and texture right with the sand pro and hand tools.
Dismal River (Red) - Tom Doak 2013
When the opportunity arises, golf construction can be rather simple. In great sandy ground like that at Dismal River, all that was needed on 95% of the grounds was some tilling and trap-raking. With clever routing and restraint, Tom Doak and the team maximized the potential of the land. This was the first project I was involved with as part of Renaissance Golf Design, getting my first taste of running a bulldozer while mostly handling finish work and being on site at both the very beginning and the very end.