I feel like I am ready to submit my first design, but I have a few questions first.
1. Is it possible to have other people review my course before submitting? It would be good to get some feedback and other eyes to check out if anything is off or unacceptable since I only have 45 total hours in the program.
1a. If possible, how would I go about doing that?
2. I've notice that a lot of my splined rough has noticeably wavy edges, even when the spline is a straight line on flat ground, any way to fix?
3. I just messed around for a few hours before building, and figured out how the program works as I screwed up. Are there any handbooks or guides out there that go in depth into the designer function?
Post by lessthanbread on Sept 25, 2019 15:41:19 GMT -5
1. Yes (in a roundabout way)
1a. You can publish a beta course under some obscure name like "GolfTekBeta101" and then post that in the Work in Progress section of this forum. Try to include some pictures to entice people to play and provide feedback. Note: This will move your course into your completed courses on TGC, so you will have to select it and open a new copy of the course in the designer to make any changes before publishing the finished product with it's actual name.
2. Wavy edges is an absolute hassle. This occurs when you put another surface layer too close to it such as heavy rough. 2 ways to avoid this. Easiest is to simply not put a layer of heavy rough around your fairways. The second is to use the heavy rough brush and meticulously go around the edges of all your fairways, tees, and greens being careful not to get too close to the rough edge.
3. Great place to start is with CrazyCanuck's 101 and 201 tutorials on youtube: (this is just the first video in his entire series)
Good luck to you. I'd be interested in playing your course if you want to publish a beta
GolfTekBeta1 is now live! I'll see what I can do with the rough edges later.
Additional question, once I publish the finished product how do I go about getting the course reviewed and possibly on tour?
Thanks for the help!
After publishing you can create a profile on the actual TGC Tours website: www.tgctours.com/
Then under the Courses tab, select Submit a Course. Fill out the little form, making sure everything is correct, and hit Submit Course.
From there, a TGC Tours reviewer will play your course and decide if it's good enough to accept to the TGC Tours database. This can take up to a week or so but can happen much sooner. You'll get an email if your course was accepted.
If your course catches the eye of one of the tour schedulers on here, they will recommend it for rangering. Then, rangers like me will play test your course, checking pin locations, lag, and other factors that contribute to playability for tour use. Based on the feedback from the rangers, the scheduler will then slot it or decide to pass on it for tour play. You will also get an email if your course is scheduled on a tour
Will do. I'm thinking I might just submit officially since the course isn't getting any beta test action so I can move on to the next project. If it's bad, oh well. It's my first course and I can chalk it up to not knowing how to use the software.