The great debate! Which do you prefer? I've noticed that a lot of fictional courses tend to end on downhill holes more often than not, which is understandable given the fact that you're able to get one last dramatic view on the way home. I actually prefer uphill finishing holes personally, both in real golf and in designing courses in TGC. There's just something satisfying about having one final climb before ending at the top of the hill on the last putting green, clubhouse in view (though my legs would probably say otherwise). NGLA, Oakmont and Olympic are some examples of uphill finishing holes I like.
Post by joegolferg on Sept 20, 2019 4:06:03 GMT -5
For me, it entirely depends on the flow of the course and the already existing variety of elevations that comes before the 18th. Also depends on difficulty of the finisher, uphill definitely being a more challenging topography for the playability of a golf hole, in my opinion. I certainly don't have a favorite and I just work off of the plot I already created.
Basically, everything that Joe says. I like to try to finish on some sort of heroic shot, so that it's memorable, but that can take so many different forms. Fitting with the rest of the routing is key though.
Courses: Old Olkham Village - collab with Jchantres Marlette Fells - Rookie Contest winner Greenstone River GC Ganglesee Golf Club
Post by linkslover on Sept 24, 2019 6:29:57 GMT -5
It's not something I've thought about before, though having done so now, a downhill shot to a green in front of a clubhouse does give a little more of a 'grandstand' finish.
Here are the last holes on my courses... Clayton Wood (currently TGC2 only, though working on porting it) - More sidehill, though slightly uphill with the clubhouse right behind the green. Angus Bay International - It's a links course so it's very lumpy as opposed to hilly. The clubhouse sits just right of the green. Quirk Park (TGC2 only) - As the name suggests this course is quirky. The clubhouse sits the other side of a lake from the 18th green. Northwood - Play downhill over a pond to the green with the clubhouse sitting about 20 yards and a few feet up behind it. The Swiss Wall - The driveable par 4 green sits on a small peninsula with the clubhouse 150 yards or more away.
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PUBLISHED The Swiss Wall (2019) Angus Bay International (2019) Northwood Golf Club TGC (2019) Clayton Wood Golf Club (2) Angus Bay International G. C. (2) Quirk Park (2) IN PROGRESS Clayton Wood Golf Club (2019 port)
Post by lessthanbread on Sept 24, 2019 12:04:57 GMT -5
I have only published 2 courses so far but have a couple more in progress that I know what the finish will be.
Kathmandu Valley GC - Spectacular and heroic downhill, drivable par 4. Looking into the clubhouse under the rising sun. Mighty Oak Lodge & Ranch - Flat, challenging par 5, actually not much special about it as opposed to my other course/WIPs The Ute Club (In-progress) - Will be similar to Kathmandu Valley 18th in how it plays (short, maybe drivable downhill par 4 with the right wind) Ashecliffe Cove (In-progress) - This one will be more about the finishing 3 holes than the finishing hole itself. The signature hole will actually be the par 4 16th as you will be able to see the last 3 holes from the tee along the coast into the clubhouse. The 18th will be a par 5 that will play uphill but I intend to still be reachable.
For the most part I like to finish with some sort of heroic shot with a chance at eagle to end the round.