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Gary Player Design recognizes that designing and building a golf course is an art and that much of the look and feel of a great layout is achieved in the field. However, our staff feels strongly that a state of the art and precise set of detailed design documents is critical in allowing our clients to properly budget and manage the construction process.
Once the project moves into construction, the Gary Player Design team will assist in selecting full-time site personnel to keep the process on schedule and on budget. A Design Associate will visit the site as necessary to monitor construction and to ensure that the golf course is being built as it was designed. Of course, Gary Player will personally visit the site at key periods during construction to provide key insight, input and approvals.
Gary Player is an icon in all of sport and is considered the greatest international golfer of all time. Our clients gain a competitive edge by building a story around his place in the history of the game and associating themselves with his brand and image.
Gary Player Design is in large part a marketing company built around the reputation of Gary Player. The recognition, media exposure and credibility our brands deliver work in tandem with the quality and detail of our Technical Services. The added value our services deliver make a significant difference to financial return of projects with which we are associated. Our company offers three different design brands.
Gary Player Signature Design, Player Design and Black Knight Design. The marketing advantages of each of these brands vary according to the personal participation of Gary Player, as well as the access to different levels of intellectual property.
Gary Player Design separates itself by offering experienced personnel who can deliver value added marketing services, including planning Gary Player site visits, grand openings, media relations, co-branded apparel, Gary Player memorabilia, and golf course animations. Our clients benefit from exposure in our corporate communications vehicles, namely our social media channels and the monthly Player e-News.
Gary Player Design is one of the most seasoned international golf course design firms, with experience in all corners of the globe over the past 30 years. Our expertise goes far deeper than simply golf course design, as we are invariably exposed to and work directly with the other disciplines that form a proper project team.
Our clients often turn to us for advice on development, marketing, environmental, and many other issues. We are pleased to add value to our presence by offering high level input, and we also have developed numerous relationships with qualified vendors in all the fields necessary for a successful real estate development.
Gary Player Design can readily help build a professional team that will be prepared to plan and execute the process, both within and outside the golf envelope.
Golf, like any business, changes over time. Golf courses also evolve and are often referred to as living organisms. At the very least, cultural and maintenance practices take their toll on golf course conditions, and design work is generally necessary every 15 to 20 years to reestablish thriving growing mediums.
On a larger scale, technological advances in golf clubs and balls have required modifications to keep older courses current. Balls are going farther, and also farther off line. Thus, course owners are faced with adding length, as well as widening safety corridors, and addressing overall strategy features such as bunker locations.
Gary Player Design assists the industry in moving toward more responsible and sustainable design techniques. Water is a precious resource, and responsible designers can scale back maintainable turf. Not only for sustainability, but also to reduce operational costs in a difficult economic environment. Gary Player Design is equipped to help with minor modifications, a major golf course overhaul, improved environmental conditions, or executing a Master Planning exercise over time.
Part of Gary Player Design’s phased approach includes the Bidding/Contractor Selection and Construction.
Our experience in different markets around the world comes into play when suggesting contractors that have relative geographic experience and success. Intelligently reviewing bids and weighing factors beyond fees can prove beneficial in selecting the right long term team member in this arena. Once construction starts, our staff and Gary Player will visit the site often to provide critical input and to ensure the course is being built to our design. We can also recommend and help place experienced site personnel that will supplement the contractor’s efforts. These individuals pay real dividends, as they not only ensure desired quality, but also help the project stay on budget and on schedule.
Gary Player Design takes pride in our environmental record. We have worked hard to minimize site disturbance, promote organic applications, and specify environmentally sensitive building materials in our golf course design approach. We will continue to refine efforts in these areas and stay current on related state of the art industry methods. Our primary focus is conserving one of earth’s most precious resources – water.
Water conservation techniques are not only our fundamental responsibility, but are important to our industry and the global growth of the wonderful game of golf, as real water savings also mean real cost savings.
“Our environmental policy at Gary Player Design is part of our larger social responsibility, which we take very seriously. As a company, we will not knowingly accept projects that are environmentally irresponsible, damage ecosystems without remediation, illegally displace people from their homes, follow unethical methods to gain project approvals, exercise unfair, unsafe, or discriminatory labor practices, or generally infringe on basic human rights.”
The Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA) recently published Golf Course Environmental Profile, Water Use and Conservation Practices at U.S. Golf Courses, in which they estimate U.S. golf courses use an average of approximately 136,000 gallons of water per day (of course figures vary greatly from a regional standpoint). Gary Player Design has established a goal of saving 25% of typical regional golf course water usage at all of our global design projects. The following methods are among those we are using to meet this goal:
• Minimize maintainable turf to reduce water consumption
• The most efficient, technologically advanced irrigation system
• Specify water sensor technology to provide data for optimum water usage
• Focus more on strategy and shot making value than on golf course length
• An increased use of native grasses and indigenous plant material outside play areas
• Use site specific salt and drought tolerant grasses thus reducing water consumption and chemical dependency
• A drainage system that will retain rain water and connect all drainage
back to irrigation lakes for reuse
• Specify soil amendment technology to balance and retain soil nutrient AND moisture levels
• Incorporating design for “hard and fast” playing condition
• Use of effluent water when possible
• Consider artificial turf applications