Albanese says that with the current downturn, design firms are spending more time making a quality product, allowing tribes to get more bang for their buck. He recommends tribes explore “value-oriented firms,” which focus on providing the best value to golfers. These courses are often cheaper to build and easier to maintain than courses catering to highly skilled players and professionals.
“Most of the architects in the American Society of Golf Course Architects are not well-known names, but all of us in that group know–probably better than anyone in the world–how to create quality, value-driven golf projects,” says Albanese. He believes it is going to be more common to see tribes looking to work with cost-effective firms than ever before.