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.

Santa Ana Country Club, Santa Ana, CA - 2016 Jay Blasi redesign of Ted Robinson redesign of John Duncan Dunn Original

 

  The drivable 6th hole is guarded tightly by these 4 bunkers, but the angled opening still entices one to try and have a go at the green.

The drivable 6th hole is guarded tightly by these 4 bunkers, but the angled opening still entices one to try and have a go at the green.

  A pair of profiled bunkers on the new finishing hole at Santa Ana; the green is up in the distance.

A pair of profiled bunkers on the new finishing hole at Santa Ana; the green is up in the distance.

  Shaping a set of profiled centerline bunkers on the 16th.

Shaping a set of profiled centerline bunkers on the 16th.

  The short par 3 17th features a nice set of bunkers, including a big wraparound bunker on the right that sets off the right plateau of the neat two-plateaued green. 

The short par 3 17th features a nice set of bunkers, including a big wraparound bunker on the right that sets off the right plateau of the neat two-plateaued green. 

  A newly shaped dry wash done   with the creative designer and shaper Kye Goalby.

A newly shaped dry wash done with the creative designer and shaper Kye Goalby.

  A reverse look at the same wash.  Some unwanted stuff is growing in it here, but it gives an idea of how it could evolve after grassing.

A reverse look at the same wash.  Some unwanted stuff is growing in it here, but it gives an idea of how it could evolve after grassing.

The above two photos are of the drivable 6th hole (left) and the pair of bunkers on the right side of 10 fairway (right)

  A different dry wash built with multiple channels.  This was the first time I've done these, and is was really fun to try and mimic the scenes you see in the undeveloped areas around southern California.

A different dry wash built with multiple channels.  This was the first time I've done these, and is was really fun to try and mimic the scenes you see in the undeveloped areas around southern California.

  View of the same wash from the 8th tee,

View of the same wash from the 8th tee,

  One way to generate fill for other parts of the project was to extend this wash into an out of play area between holes 2, 7, and 8.

One way to generate fill for other parts of the project was to extend this wash into an out of play area between holes 2, 7, and 8.