Course Design

The Land and The Golf Course Are Partners . . .

. . . Good Design Allows Them To Work Together.

Key Company Info

The artist that resides in the soul of an architect strives for variety, interest, challenge and beauty in the palette that makes up the course and the time spent during the round.

They use routing, trees, shrubs, mounds, hollows, rocks and water features to augment the green shapes, fairways, tee boxes and bunkers that make up the core of a golf course landscape. Beauty is a major part of the experience, but make no mistake, this is the game of golf and the true course has another and equally important list of attributes to present.

The game is about playability, strategy, fairness, shot values and golf psychology associated with risk / reward and a pleasant walk with nature. The player looks for a course that tempts, hazards that provoke thought and greens with sufficient contours that the approach must be well planned in advance of striking the ball.

The tee boxes for the scratch golfer should bring the hazards and course management directly into play, yet for the high handicapper, those same hazards should not frustrate or unduly penalize a player trying to learn the game.  Our goal is to design a course that can appeal, challenge and entice all players regardless of their handicap.

These principles are the essence of a golf course and are as fundamental to the architect as a proper grip is to the player. The team at Cal Olson Golf Architecture understands the game of golf and the world of golf course design, a partnership that any owners and developers would be wise to consider.

Cal Olson Golf Architecture is mandated by its philosophy to develop aesthetically pleasing and optimally playable golf courses always completed within a pre-design approved budget. It is paramount to the company, ownership and the project, to design the proper golf course for the target demographic if the overall goal is to achieve success.

Courses are conceived and designed to reflect superior and exciting concepts and construction techniques while maximizing natural resources and harmony within the constraints of the natural environment.

Much of our work today is either repeat business or direct referral. This is a testament to our respect for the client’s investment by staying on budget and providing the highest quality service in the industry. We firmly believe that we make clients for life.

About Our Process

Our clients come to us with wonderful ideas, hopes and expectations about a project. Our detailed plans allow our projects to be bid very competitively and we are able to settle on a budget that is very seldom broken.

With these plans we are able to control the budget very closely but without excellence in project administration the project will never quite fulfill the dreams that are attached to a property. Our team is hands-on and is committed to making the dream come true.

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Design Essentials

Cal Olson Golf Design

Course Design

Award Winning Design From New Construction To Stunning Full Renovations.
Land Planning

Master Planning

Complete Infrastructure  Planning Does Not Sacrifice Golf or Community Home Values.

Engneering and Construction

Civil Engineering

Coordinated Community Design Is Critical To Both The Project and Overall Budget.

Questions ?

All projects start with a discovery through observations and questions. Our 35 years of experience has provided us the ability to provide the answers you are looking for.

So give us a call – Let’s talk about your thoughts and dreams.

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Cal Olson Design

7 Killini

Laguna Niguel, CA  92677

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