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.

"Hacienda Pinilla is an 18 hole championship links style course with open fairways and challenging winds. Designed by famous architect Mike Young to conform to the natural contours of the land, this 7,274 yard, Par 72 course is truly masterpiece. It is one of the few courses in the world created to face the ocean, and as a result, its coastal layout offers both exhilarating play and absolutely awe-inspiring views."

-Costa Rica Travel