Ted Robinson’s Design Philosophy Evident at Las Vegas Golf Courses Rhodes Ranch, Tuscany

 

Tuscany

Tuscany

June 24, 2007–Ted Robinson is one of the world’s most accomplished golf course architects, and he helped create both Tuscany Golf Club and Rhodes Ranch Golf Club, Las Vegas golf courses that are fun, challenging, and usually priced to provide good value to the golfer. Tuscany was named as the Best Bang for the Buck by GOLF Magazine recently. “The golfer attacks, the designer defends,” says Robinson on his course design website. “Such is the adversarial relationship that defines the creation of a golf course. At one extreme, it is easy to create a course where few would ever break a hundred. At the other, a course too easily defended quickly results in a loss of interest. The overriding objective of good course design is a balance between these extremes, creating an effective and rewarding experience for golfers at all levels of play.” It’s very evident that he has accomplished all of his objectives with Tuscany Golf Club and Rhodes Ranch.

Robinson’s three overriding elements of his design philosophy are flexibility, memorability and natural beauty, and he says each course must have all three in order to make the grade.

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Flexibility: “In order for a golf course to challenge golfers of widely ranging ability, each hole must provide an intrinsic capability to vary its level of difficulty.”

Memorability: “A mark of a good golf course design is where each and every hole is distinctly memorable, not only in aesthetics but in play-ability as well. Eighteen discrete challenges must be presented that require the golfer to use a variety of shots to score effectively.”

Natural beauty: “Good golf courses improve with age. Designs that integrate the strategic elements of the game within their natural surroundings provide for an experience far greater than the challenge of the course itself.”

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Rhodes Ranch

Rhodes Ranch

The two Las Vegas golf courses are similar–they should be, given that they were designed by Robinson–and share common threads. Robinson, when interviewed at the opening of Rhodes Ranch, described the complete set of par 3 holes at Rhodes Ranch as among the best he’s ever designed. That wouldn’t carry much weight if he had only designed a few golf courses here and there, but the fact is that Robinson and his team have created more than 150 projects in seven countries.

The par 3, 2nd hole at Rhodes Ranch is a doozy, and plays 227 yards from the tips to a green guarded by water and dozens of large palm trees. It truly signals to the golfer that a round full of par 3 intrigue is about to unfold.

ImageRobinson is also the designer of the private Canyon Gate Country Club, another fun and playable Las Vegas golf course, that lives up to Robinson’s design philosophies.

Tuscany features rolling and wide fairways, and holes with all of his design elements.

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