News From Terre Haute, Indiana

On & Off the Course

October 15, 2006

On and Off the Course: The ‘other’ kind of shaper is just as important to golf

TERRE HAUTE — When you give an artist a bulldozer ...

If I were having a conversation with you about golf, and brought up the term “shaper” you would probably think I was talking about a “shot shaper” which is a golfer who is able to put different types of spin on the ball to make it do different things. Usually only the advanced golfers are considered shot-shapers, because they are able to make the ball do what they want it to, be it a high fade, a low hook, or a slight draw. Those of you with a major slice that you play for are just slicers, not shapers.

In golf there is another kind of shaper that is very important, that most of us would hardly ever think of. A “shaper” in golf course architecture is the artist that runs the bulldozer when constructing a golf course. The bulldozer operator is an artist because he takes the architect’s conceptualization on paper, and builds it into reality. It is more than just pushing some dirt around with a big Tonka truck.

Other than a shaper, just what does it take to design and build a golf course? First of all, a tract of land from 140 to 200 acres, preferably with gently rolling hills, soils that will drain well, and a place suitable for an irrigation lake. Of course, it also takes some person or group with funding and a desire and vision for making that tract of land into a golf course.

A golf course architect is needed to lay out the plan. Many golf course architects are big-name golfers, like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. These men have had stellar careers playing golf, and use that experience when designing their courses. The people that hire them get the added benefit of having a household name in their brochure when marketing their newly designed course.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
On & Off the Course
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Harding Love Letters Now Open to Public Wisc. Twins Celebrate a Century of Laughter Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Bull Run Comes to Middle America Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show'

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010