types of courses

building the right course


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Course Type Makes A Huge Difference

Our experience with hundreds of successful projects ensures that our team can help foresee course issues long before they become relevant. Our services and experience from the first site visit to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, are some of the most extensive and detailed in the entire golf industry. Getting the course type wrong for the demograpnic is not an option.

Private Clubs

Private Club courses are a delicate blend of pride of membership that allows each player to play their best. The key is to build to the club’s projected demographic in creating teeing grounds, hazards and yardages that can accommodate a wide range of player abilities.

Resort Courses

Truly the sports car of golf courses.  Sleek and sexy, but built with tremendous safety. In other words, it has to be an incredible track that creates both wonderful memories and great scores. No one wants to go to a bucket-list course only to post an embarrassing score. It’s a great design opportunity.

Daily Fee

The daily fee is one of the most challenging design opportunities. It is the touchstone of all golf, where the love of the game develops. It must challenge the elite player and accommodate the beginner. It is designed to move large numbers efficiently and without undue stress on a course’s maintenance. They occupy a special place in a golfer’s heart. 


Renovations are needed for two basic reasons;  1) Course age and breakdown of infrastructure.  2) Upgrading an old design into a more receptive modern and contemporary course. The #1 project today, many times a full renovation is an opportunity to actually build a virtually brand new and exciting course.

Architectural Design Meets Course Type

Boca Raton Resort Course,

Boca Raton, Florida

Client thoughts


Tribal Destination Resort Course

“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe insisted on excellence when we decided to build a golf course as an amenity for our casino resort hotel. To that end, we committed more than 600 acres of ancestral homelands for the creation – four times more than the average amount of land used for golf designs.

 Our wish was that the course routing be as natural as possible, organically inspired by the terrain. As the Creator intended. Gene Bates did a wonderful job executing our vision while taking care of our land and using it to illuminate its many gifts.”

Laura Penney, Circling Raven Golf Course

MBA CEO of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel

Public Park and Recreation Courses

“Gene Bates was the architect for both Stonebridge Golf Club and The Ridge Golf Club where he has provided beautiful and highly functional golf courses for our community and the State of Utah. Our players come great distances to enjoy the fruits of his labor.

 Gene’s services go far beyond the initial design and implementation process as he takes great pride in his work and the future of his courses.  We witnessed this firsthand as he assisted us long after one of our courses opened joining in meetings and sharing his expertise as proposed changes from outside entities were being imposed upon us.  His passion and knowledge helped tremendously. 

 He continues to check in and offer ongoing suggestions and ideas.  West Valley City is extremely pleased with his work and professionalism and I would recommend his services to anyone who is interested in creating an exquisite golf course that will provide enjoyment and be successful for generations to come.”

Nancy Day, CPRP

Director, West Valley City Parks & Recreation, Stonebridge and The Ridge Golf Clubs