Art Schaupeter, ASGCA (Arthur Schaupeter Golf Course Architects), has given some thought to what he believes makes for the best golf, and what is the “essence of golf course architecture.”

He writes, “The essence…is in how the architect uses his or her design palette to put golfers in the right emotional state to embrace, engage in an thoroughly enjoy the entire golfing experience. Golf is best when it creates a sense of adventure for the players and allows them to discover a course through their own assertive and heroic play.

“By focusing on the golfer experience first and foremost, I aim to ensure that all players will be given the opportunity to get emotionally engaged in the sense of adventure and discovery that makes the golfing experience so rewarding and enjoyable.”

The complete article from Schaupeter can be seen here.