From the conceptual design we begin to turn this into working plans. The overview plans are basic 2d outline in either pdf or dwg format. The plan highlights drainage, electrical runs and fence lines. We add construction details, scope of works, and method statements. Lighting plans showing luminance can also be added should they be needed. Kiosk design is dealt with separately to the course. We turn these 2d plans into an enhanced conceptual plan with 3d views and video walk through of how the course will look. Individual holes can be viewed with a j peg still frame picture. This allows you the client to get a full picture of who your course will be.
The planning aspect is carefully considered. It takes around 1-5 weeks to produce the plans. Length of time to complete depends upon complexity. Themed Adventure golf will take longer than say mini golf the design falls into the categories Construction, site considerations, play dynamics, planting and health and safety. A sample list of play dynamics is shown opposite.
The course flow is of high importance as players need to navigate the course without regularly coming into contact with other groups. As much as possible the angles of shots are positioned in such a way so that other persons are not endangered on differing holes. Direction of shot, barriers and terrain will be utilised to prevent stray shots. Pathways can be linked and or a continuous path installed such as is the case with the putt in the park courses. Disability access is required as is enough space for groups to comfortably stand whilst one of them is putting from the tee.
Tee Areas our latest innovation is to use a different turf for teeing off. We have found that there is always confusion when tee markers are placed as people who play mini golf are not always aware of the set up of regular golf. A clearly defined square is the best way to encourage patrons to play from the correct spot.
Play dynamics is thought through with some points highlighted below. I may go into more detail at some point.