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.
Simapo Island - Haikou, China - Tom Doak 2014 (No longer existing)
Despite sadly never opening, this is the place I really honed my skills as a shaper with Tom Doak's Renaissance Golf team. With over 330 days on site working alongside one of the best and fastest operators in the world (and very talented designer), Eric Iverson, I learned how to be not only creative but also efficient with shaping time. This gigantic sandbox of an island was the perfect place to play around, learn, and build some cool golf holes and features from scratch. Though we may never get to see and play the finished product, it was a great experience and great achievement that everyone involved was proud to complete.