GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Please check out my list of construction projects below. There is a brief explanation of my participation in each
project. I am currently working to give better detail for each project but with as many new construction projects
as I have helped with, it will take me some time to update every project.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss how we can help your next golf course construction project.
Laurel Oak Country Club, Sarasota, Florida
Architect: Gary Player
18 hole new construction.  One of three shapers on the job.  Shaped tees, fairways and
greens.
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New construction is the core of my interest in
the wonderful world of golf. The first few
years of my shaping career was enjoyed
pushing the limits of big equipment carving
out features that blend harmoniously with the
surrounding terrain. Then polishing the
features with smaller equipment. It was not
until about 1993 that I started doing
renovation work as well.

I have been asked why I don't become an
architect? Well first, I draw with a bulldozer,
and second, when dealing with a new
construction project there are things that
architects do that work together with my talent
to give the client the best results for his
budget. In my opinion the best way to get
optimum results (under budget) is to hire a
reputable golf course architect to examine a
site and come up with a routing plan that
best utilizes the existing terrain, and draw
some grading plans accordingly. Then hire
an experienced shaper that understands golf
the way a real golf course shaper should,
and have him supervise the mass excavation
based on the architects plans. The shaper
should be authorized to use the plans as a
general guideline but he should be allowed
to stray from the plans just enough to
improvise and improve on the plans as he
sees fit for the native terrain.

Based on this construction concept you will
basically have two architects working
together toward a common goal. This will
only work with a qualified shaper. It is
imperative that your shaper have extensive
experience, as well as a desire/ability to be
productive. There are hundreds, if not
thousands of "shapers" out there, in fact it
seems that anybody that has ever pushed a
dirt clod on a golf course thinks that they are
qualified to call themselves a "shaper". If you
want to save money on your construction
project shopping around for the cheapest
shaper will be your biggest mistake. A
qualified shaper can save your project so
much money that his salary is paid for in
production alone, then you can enjoy the
fruits of his labor for the rest of your life.

A shaper should be experienced in all
aspects of golf course construction, he
should be able to help cut the right corners in
order to expedite the construction process
without sacrificing quality. Ask a shaper if he
can guarantee his production. I guarantee
you that if my production does not meet up to
your expectations then you owe me nothing
for my time. There is a "learning curve" that is
talked about when a shaper works with a
different architect for the first time. Diversity is
the most important attribute that a successful
golf course shaper can possess, that
combined with the fact that all architects like
what looks good means that this "learning
curve" should not impact the production of a
qualified shaper.   

Please check out my list of construction
projects. There is a brief explanation of my
participation in each project. I am currently
working to give better detail for each project
but with as many new construction projects
as I have helped with, it will take me some
time to update every project.
Greens at Nutter’s Chapel ,Conway, Arkansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 18 holes through record rains of 2009. Due to creeks, springs, and
saved forest, we had to work our way out in sections, cooperatively, in order to not create
more work. We found springs in the worst places, that had to be drained. Rough shaped
with a D8 finished with a JD 700.
Links at Fayetteville Fayetteville, Arkansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 holes, built rock walls. Rough shaped with a D8, and finished
with a JD700.
Links at Starkville Starkville, Mississippi
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 holes. Rough shaped with a D8 finished with a JD700.
Links at Columbia, Columbia, Missouri
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9-hole course. The site varied from muddy creek bottom to rocks
the size of a D4. We used slabs of excavated rocks to build rock walls supporting various
tees throughout the site, as well as one of the greens. Utilized existing rock outcroppings
where available to give the place a more natural look. Rough shaped with a D8, finished
with a JD650 and used forklifts and excavators to help with the rock walls. With sections of
cart path as long as 800 feet running through the forest, there was a battle using a Line
Pump to pour the concrete.
Links at Tuscaloosa,  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped eight high-profile holes on an 18-hole course. Rough shaping with
a D8 and finished with a JD650.
Links at Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 hole course. Worked with Civil Engineers and Corps of
Engineers on ponds and creeks. Rough shaped with a D7, finished with a D4.
Links at Yukon, Yukon, Oklahoma
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Power-shape three fairways in two weeks with a JD700 to help get the job back on
schedule.
Links of Madison County Golf & Country Club, Canton, Mississippi
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 hole course. 23 inches of rain the month of February when we
were getting ready to grass. Our project was about 30 feet lower than nearby Ross
Barnett Reservoir. Lots of basins and lots of ponds. Rough shaped with a D65, finished
with a D4.
Links at Stillwater, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Power-shape three fairways in eight days, with a JD750 to help jump start the job.
Greens on Blossom Way, Rogers, Arkansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 hole course. Rough shaped with a D8 including strip and
replace top soil. Finished with a D4.
Derby Golf & Country Club, Derby, Kansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
The only shaper on the 18-hole course. Rough shaped with a D7, finished with a JD650.
Links at Oxford Golf & Country Club, Oxford, Mississippi
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
Supervised and shaped 9 hole course. Yazoo clay was a whole new experience with "mud",
once it was broke loose and got wet it had to be mixed, or buried. But don't let it rain before you
finish "burying" the soup or you have a real mess! Pushed and pulled concrete trucks to pour
the cart path. Rough shape with a D65, finished with a JD550.
Links at Springdale Golf & Country Club Springdale, Arkansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
The only dozer on the nine-hole course. Rough shape with a D8 including strip and replace
soil. Finished with a D4
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Hurricane Golf & Country Club Bryant, Arkansas
Architect: Lyndy Lindsey
One of two shapers on the 18-hole course. Rough shaped with a D8, finished with a JD650.
Briarwood Golf Course, Tyler, Texas
Architect: Mark Hays
2 hole expansion. Shaped and finished 2 new fairways.
Heritage Ranch Country Club, Fairview, Texas
Architect: Arthur Hills
Practice greens.  Built a chipping green and a practice green (to USGA specs) including the
associated chipping area and catch basins in 7 days.
Baker Hill Golf Course, Newbury, New Hampshire
Architect: Reese Jones
Top-ranked golf course in New Hampshire. 18 hole new construction.  One of three shapers
on the job.  Shaped bunkers, tees and greens and top soil work.  Worked closely with
environmental engineer on extensive erosion control including: check dams, sediment
basins, diversion swales and blending with wetlands.
The Cascades Golf Course, Sylmar, California
Architect: Steve Timms, Bob Cupp
18 hole new construction.  Job superintendent.  Worked closely with Los Angeles city
inspectors; on compaction tests, as well as grades and locations of drainage structures,
check dams, and erosion control.  Helped with surveying.  Helped shapers with finishing work.
Canyon Springs Golf Club, San Antonio, Texas
Architect: Thomas Walker
18 hole new construction.  One of three shapers on the job.  Rough shaped tees, fairways,
bunkers and greens with a D8.  Cut cart paths using dozers and a maintainer.  Spread gravel
and mix on greens.  Spread top soil.
Vicwood Golf Links at Hawks Prairie, Lacey, Washington
Architect: Peter Thompson
18 hole new construction.  One of three shapers on the job.  Shaped fairways and greens.  
Spread top soil, cut cart path.  Helped superintendent control the mass excavation.  Helped
with surveying.
Spring Creek Ranch, Memphis, Tennessee
(First Audubon International Golf Course in the world)
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
18 hole new construction.  One of several shapers on the job.  Supervised the clearing crew,
and fence removal (miles of fence).   Shaped tees, fairways, bunkers and greens.  Extensive
work on erosion control.   Spring Creek has been ranked as the #2 course in Tennessee.
Williams Ranch, Winsboro, Texas
Architect: Maury Miller, Golf Resources
3 new fairways.  In a millionaire's backyard, supervised and shaped a nine hole layout
utilizing three greens and various tee locations.
Rivercut Golf Course, Springfield, Missouri
Architect: Ken Dye
18 hole new construction.  One of two shapers on the job.  Shaped fairways and greens
within strict tolerance of the plans.  Worked with rough shapers and storm drainage.  Spread
top soil, cut cart path.
Denton Family Fun Center, Denton, Texas
Architect: Greg Smith
9 hole executive par 3 course.  The only shaper on the job.  Design/build a challenging
course around a pond, with a creek running through the property.  Worked closely with dirt
contractor to minimize the time needed for shaping, in order to free up time for surveying.
North Bellingham Golf Course, Bellingham, Washington
Architect: Ted Lock
18 hole new construction.  One of several shapers on the job.  Contractor was about to
miss the grassing deadline.  Built nine greens, beat the deadline, then helped with tees and
bunkers.
Crown Isle, Comox, British Columbia, Canada
Architect: Ted Lock, Graham Cooke & Associates
18 hole new construction.  One of two shapers on the job.  Shaped tees, bunkers and
greens.  Worked part time one summer, came back the next summer full time.  Helped
supervise as well as shape 2nd 9 holes.  Top soil and cart path work.
James Island, James Island, British Columbia, Canada
Architect: Jack Nicklaus
18 hole new construction.  One of two shapers on the job.  Rough shaped twelve holes
before the job shut down.
Loomis Trail, Blaine, Washington
Architect: Jumbo Ozaki / Ted Lock
18 hole new construction.  One of four shapers on the job.  Shaped greens and "organic"
tees (no two looked alike).
Grasslands at Oakbridge, Lakeland, Florida
Architect: Bob Cupp / Jerry Pate
18 hole new construction.  One of three shapers on the job.  Shaped tees, fairways and greens.
"A good shaper expedites all
aspects of golf construction."