Cutten Golf Course Design

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Golf Course Renderings + Illustrations

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

One of the toughest tasks for a designer can be to convey one’s own ideas. The reason for this is simple. While the golf course architect has the innate ability to visualize what is not there, the majority of the general public does not possess this skill. Further, the public's ability to read and comprehend contour plans and 2D construction drawings is often limited, due to experience. Similarly, as the designer we have been immersed in every aspect and decision throughout the design process, but must then convey this in a concise and meaningful way. Hence, it is imperative for me to be able to clearly illustrate design intent to clients, board members, investors and approval authorities, in order to allow a project to progress with unity and understanding. The following examples illustrate several ways in which Cutten Golf Course Design is able to communicate design ideas to benefit a project.

Master Plan Design

The master plan summarizes proposed changes to a new site or existing design. Historically, architects have taken great pride in the creation of these plans, each utilizing their own unique artistic flair to develop a lasting portrayal of their design intent. At Cutten Golf Course Design we employ today's most modern techniques, and combine them with the tried-and-true artistic mediums of the past, to create artwork worthy of the clubhouse wall.

Illustrative Plans

While 2D technical plans can be too complex for presentation purposes, a well-structured and clearly annotated illustrative plan is a fast and effective way to convey intent.

Before + After Renderings

Renderings are often the best way to illustrate ideas to large groups.  If a picture says a 1,000 words, than the ability to compare two illustrations will undoubtedly speak volumes.  Well executed before + after renderings clearly show how a site will change and can often shed light on why certain design features have been proposed.


Rendering effectively illustrates proposed changes to improve look and strategy.



Proposed restorations, especially those which could be deemed quirky or unfair, are more simple to justify when renderings are used to illustrate the architectural merit of the proposal.



Tree clearing to improve views and turf health is easier to justify when decision makers are able to visualize the effects.