American Society of Golf Course Architects

Lester George, ASGCA, re-imagines the range

The practice facility designed by Lester George, ASGCA, at Kinloch Golf Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va., was recently profiled by "Golf Range Magazine." They called it an "innovation in how ranges and practices areas are being designed."

Publisher Rick Summers praised George for creating a "practice facility that is a free-form area that allows golfers to hit shots from turf that is identical to the fairway and rough on the golf course, with practice greens the same size as those on Kinloch's 18-hole layout."

"Practice facilities have been forced to evolve beyond the old commercial driving range where you banged it off a mat until you were tired," George said. "The strategy at Kinloch is to simulate a real condition and have a real learned response from that condition," George said. "It is a realistic, reasonable practice experience dedicated to improving their game."

The entire interview with George can be found here beginning on p. 22.