Golf architects strive to present a visually appealing landscape and try to incorporate those views into the golf experience. A clever routing can take advantage of wonderful views by siting greens and tees in specific locations to ensure all golfers can take a moment to enjoy the scene. Additionally, well thought-out tree clearing can reveal a stunning backdrop to a green site. Conversely, off-site features that detract from the golf experience are screened by a combination of earthworks and tree planting or avoided altogether if the land permits. Whether we like to admit it or not, off-site features play a role in our overall enjoyment of a round of golf. These features, both positive and negative are not limited to the visual arena. Busy roads or landfills can respectively, wreck havoc on our auditory and olfactory senses, negatively impacting our perception of a golf course.
|Stanley Thompson is rumoured to have cleared trees off-site to ensure players teeing off No. 6 at Capilano could see downtown Vancouver and the Lion's Gate Bridge (picture is of No. 1, showing similar view).|