Lake Malaren Golf will host China Masters for consecutive 5 year from 2011 to 2015. In order to be fully prepared for the match and meet higher requirements, Lake Malaren Golf has hired Nicklaus Design which is one of the world's leading golf course design company to redesign the golf course in their Nicklaus way. Since the complete renovation work on original south lake course has started June last year, this redesign have become a major focus of the world, There's much to know, to answer the many questions,we have interviewed Nicklaus Design. Text has more.
Lake Malaren Golf Course Interview
Q：What is the main Design Concept of south course?
A：The main design concept of the south course is to create a world class championship golf course that is challenging,fun,beautiful,and fair for all levels of golfers.The course will test the best players in the world through a variety of different shots and strategic elements.It will also be a very exciting and fair golf course for the beginning and average golfers who will enjoy the large variety of dramatic holes and the natural beauty of the layout.
Q：What is the main feature(main character)of this new course would be?
A：The course could be characterized as a“natural parkland”style that incorporates many natural elements into the design.These elements include trees,natural grasses,lakes and streams,and a strong rolling topography giving the course a significant amount of elevation change and a wide variety of different golf shots.The course will have a very natural feel and look that will be both aesthetically pleasing as well strategically sound.
Q：What is the design strategy of the new course?
A：The design strategy of the new course is to reward the golfer for playing the correct shot off the tee and approach to the green.It will incorporate a lot of risk and reward situations by using a combination of bunkers,water features,natural grass areas,and fairway contouring.A properly played shot will be rewarded with both favorable roll and placement in the fairway,allowing for the optimum approach angle to the greens.The golfers will need to take into account the location of the flag,and play both their tee shots and approach shots accordingly.In general,the more a player is willing to challenge a hazard,the more they will be rewarded with the best opportunity to get the ball close to the flag,ultimately resulting in lower scores.
Q：What’s the challenge of this new course?
A：The new course will have several challenging elements including the overall length,sand and water hazards,natural grass areas,and undulating greens.The greatest challenge of the course will be the well defended and undulating greens that will present a strong test of golf for the professionals and low handicapped golfers,while at the same time being fair for the higher handicapped players as they will have the ability to learn the skills necessary to prevail on the greens.
Q：What's the difference between Legacy course and other Nicklaus golf course in china?
A：Jack Nicklaus’eldest son,Jack Nicklaus II,is President of Nicklaus Design,is a globally recognized golf course designer,and a member of the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects.He also is committed to the design legacy of his father and to further his father’s mission of growing the game worldwide through the design of high-quality golf courses that embrace the challenge,playability and memorability always embraced by Nicklaus Design.This mission is embodied in a Jack Nicklaus Legacy Golf Course.Jack Nicklaus II will assume the role as lead designer on all Legacy Golf Courses,while Jack Nicklaus will collaborate with his son on all design-related issues and will,along with his son,serve as a promotional spokesman for the golf course.
杰克·尼克劳斯先生的大儿子——杰克·尼克劳斯二世是尼克劳斯设计公司的总裁，也是全球著名的高尔夫球场设计师，同时他还是享有声望的美国高尔夫球场设计师协会会员。他秉承了他父亲的设计理念以及进一步推进了他父亲的使命，那就是通过设计具有Nicklaus Design一直遵循的挑战性、可打性、难忘性为一体的高品质球场来将这项伟大的体育在全世界发扬光大。这一使命在Jack Nicklaus Legacy Golf Course（杰克·尼克劳斯Legacy高尔夫球场）之中完全体现了出来。
Jack Nicklaus will make at least one promotional site visit to the golf course at a mutually agreed-upon time that is most critical during the construction and development of the golf course.An experienced and accomplished Senior Design Associate will support Jack Nicklaus II in his design efforts, and will make regular site visits during the construction process to ensure that the vision of both Nicklauses is being implemented at the highest and most accurate level.
Q：Anything else you would like to talk about this course?
A：The golf course will have a fantastic variety of features that will give the course a lot of interest and a variety of challenges while being very fun and exciting to play.The elevation changes throughout the golf course will create very beautiful and dramatic golf holes.The course will have
the appearance of being very challenging,but it will be very fair and golfers will quickly realize that if they play the correct shot,they will be rewarded and have the opportunity to score very well.