philosophy

  1. Strategy
  2. Aesthetics
  3. Ease of Maintenance

Ultimately, they work hand-in-hand to make a golf course stand the test of time.

strategy

A lot of golfers will rush out to try a new course with an unusual design gimmick. But once the initial enchantment wears off, they'll start looking for a new challenge. That's why we don't like to contrive hazards in order to create a strategy.

Instead, we use the natural elements of the land to create a strategy that will blend them into the layout. As a result, our courses present a variety of risk/reward challenges that draw golfers of all skill levels to play them again and again.

aesthetics

Mike Young Designs specializes in creating courses that bring out the natural beauty of the native landscape.

We believe that each course should be indigenous to its area. We'd never try to build a Georgia golf course in Scotland and we wouldn't try to put a Scottish golf course in Georgia. There's simply no point in designing a golf course that looks and feels like it belongs somewhere else.

maintenance

At Mike Young Designs, we realize that maintenance is there for golf, and golf is not there for maintenance. An architect who doesn't know how to use the appropriate grasses, slopes and drainages can create a monster with the maintenance budget. And the course may be doomed from the start.

Mike's experience in the turf industry is invaluable in creating courses that will not only survive the rigors of daily usage, but improve as the surrounding landscape matures.

"For architect Mike Young, a veteran of the Georgia golf scene and also busy in Central America, this could be his much-deserved breakthrough course. Long Shadow combines two styles, with a front nine through wooded riverfront land and a back nine that is discernibly more open and heathlands in style, with a bolder, more scattered approach to bunkering. Unity in the composition comes by virtue of the rough-hewn fescues and native grasses that frame the holes. "

-BRADLEY S. KLEIN, Golfweek