A Sustainable Swing
Whether or not you believe so, golf is a sport. But golf’s controversy extends far beyond that argument. The sport has a history of being environmentally damaging, reserved for the higher class, and carries with it systemic roots of inequity. It is time we rethink how, for who, and why we design golf courses. The purpose of this design project is to challenge traditional methodologies and to create a new framework for golf course design that focuses on environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
I’ve always found myself trying to create anything and everything when I was younger, so I knew I had to join some sort of creative field in my future. Combined with my love for the outdoors and my passion for creating to help others, I decided Landscape Architecture would offer me a chance to be my full creative self.
Tackling the Issues
In order to re-spark the golfing world, we must ask the hard questions and begin to come up with answers. Intensive research must be done to grasp a deeper understanding of the dilemmas at hand, and only when we do this can we begin to successfully come up with long-term solutions.
Chester Washington Golf Park: More Than a Course
Chester Washington Golf Course becomes Chester Washington Golf Park. Its dedication to the historical figure will remain in name and spirit, but this design is more than a course. It is for more than just golfers, it is for a community.
The Heart of the Design
The heart of any project is the public. The heart of any golf course project is the golfer. The heart of this project is both. Compromises must be made to serve golfers and non-golfers alike, as these big green spaces should be beneficial to all walks of life.