Today's update - hole 8 finally planted and leads in nicely from 7. Will now have to remodel the 9th as I found a better green site. The tee shot needs a little tweaking to work exactly as I want it, but there's a lot of options here. I'm loving playing with wide vs narrow on this course - this tee shot actually has two seriously small landing zones
Been a little while. It feels like this section of the course has fought me all the way, but it's come out pretty nicely. I'm sure there's a catchy name for a corner of the property where you can see three cool holes at once, but I just can't put my finger on it... Finished up the ninth this morning and although it's dead down-lighting, it's worked out ok. It's a nice mid-length par four with an intimidating tee shot and a green that'll make you consider your angles, which is pretty much what I'm going for with this course. Still a bit of planting and sculpting to play with once everything else has been done, but it'll do for now.
I know what you were implying though and luckily I don't have three holes like that in close proximity to worry about that. I have tried to thing of names for each of my holes though as I am going along.
Ten and eleven pretty much finalised. Really like the look on eleven in particular. Both short par fours - this won't be a long course and is certainly scoreable - but play very differently and will always benefit the player who considers the angles and pin positions off the tee. It may not look like it, but I'm really trying to work on my use of negative space and where I'm not planting. It's a real change in mindset and there will be bits of planting I go back and delete, but I think it's working... These holes are about 80% there - need a bit of finalising around the greens and with some of the sculpting, but they play right and the look is mostly where I want it.
Powering on with this before work starts up again in a few days after a lovely two months off... Done with 1-12 which just need some tidying. 12 is a nice short par three that has a ludicrous green. Tested a bit in winds just now and it is very much borderline (although this is 187 greens, which I'll tone down anyway), so need to keep playing with the slopes and testing some more.
Lovely looking hole with the view behind the green, bunker work looks great too. Green slopes are interesting, too much and too often and the round becomes a battle, not enough slope and the holes are easy and boring!! In my opinion it’s a fine line, and a line that’s different for everyone
Is it just me or do a lot of the trees look like they are the same height? Looking at the photos, each tree stump appears to be the same thickness.
It’s a good spot. They aren’t the same height or rotation (but are fairly similar) - the trunk sizes just don’t change that much as I’m only really using two trees for most of the plot. I’ve chosen these two as I want the slim trunks with high leaves because it means you can often glimpse neighbouring holes and things look planted without seeming busy. A lot of the inspiration was pine-lined heathland courses here in the UK - Swinley Forest, Hankley Common etc. and this is pretty much in line with how they look (bar no heather - I would be all over that if it existed in-game...).There is a thought process lol!
Got a good amount done this weekend, including remodelling a couple of the par fives as I felt they all played too similarly. Main focus was 13 and 14, which had to be built concurrently as they share quite a bit of space and everything I plant on 14 affects 13 with the lighting. 13 is a long uphill par 4, before 14 comes back downhill as a par five.
13 tee shot:
Green (you get a glimpse of hole 1 on the left and 18 straight on):
14th tee shot:
I need to cull a few trees on the right (looking back) to give that front right waste bunker some help. Otherwise, really happy with how these two have come out. Progress will slow a fair bit now, but I only have two holes left to do (15 and 16), then just some tidying up, playtesting and background planting.
And in the lighting it seems everyone is going with this low light. I get that it makes certain holes stand out but I’m also a fan of a nice clean clear course showcasing the textures in their full light.
My course isn’t full light not is it as Angled as yours but I too fear the tree end up darkening parts I want people to see
I just hope everyone’s doesn’t fall for the “lighting has to be dark” theory to give a course character.