Golf in Uncertain Times In his Some Essays on Golf Course Architecture, the great English golf course architect Harry S. Colt wrote: "The real test of a golf course: is it going to live?” In these uncertain times, many golf courses are facing very similar questions: - Is my golf course going to survive? - What can I do with my limited budget? - How can I generate more income? - How can I bring more golfers to my golf course? Gill Design asks the same types of questions with each of its projects. We need to solve the same problems that you do. We work with our clients to find the answers to these questions. We’ll find “quick wins” to help you in the present market, while working on long-term goals that build strength and stability. Harry Colt found an elegant way to ask the question: Is the golf course sustainable? Often, the phrase “sustainability” is connected solely to the environmental component in golf. Gill Design takes a much more holistic approach. We look at sustainability from a social and economic view as well. Dedicated to Sustainable Golf Courses Whether by choice or by mandate, the use of water has become a top priority for many golf courses across the United States. Drought and an increased demand for water is changing the way superintendents manage this valuable resource. We are fortunate in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Brown has not become the new green, nor is water the new oil. Golf courses are migrating to more sustainable strategies because it makes good business sense (economics) and consumers are demanding it (social). Gill Design is working with golf courses to naturalize out-of-play areas and implement strategies that require less water. Golfers appreciate the new habitats that develop. Native grasses create a wonderful texture to the golf course. Varying shades of green and brown are good for the golf course and good for the game. Gill Design Courses Stand the Test of Time The answer to Harry Colt’s question is “yes”. Garrett Gill has been designing golf courses for 40 years and they have stood the test of time. They take on all shapes and sizes, but a Gill Design golf course has one hallmark: it will live on into the future. We’d like to help you make the move to a more sustainable golf course. Contact us to schedule a time for a free site visit. We’ll tour your course and sit down with you to discuss the opportunities you have to improve the short-term and long-term sustainability of your golf course.