Lodestone #8 Green Design
Lodestone #8 Green Design
Lodestone #8, Todd Schoeder Shaping
Lodestone #8, Todd Schoeder Shaping
Lodestone #8, As-built
Lodestone #8, As-built
Step 2: Design Phase
Using the routing plan as the basis, we then prepare design studies and a schematic design plan with a corresponding project budget for the golf course about the overall development and program goals defined by the owner. Here we conceptualize each hole on the golf course and fine-tune each golf course feature.  We create personal sketches and notes for each hole that illustrate and detail our vision for the overall shaping, greens, bunkers, areas needing modification, construction issues, maintenance requirements, golfing strategy, visual appeal, etc.

This conceptual stage allows us to define the style of the golf course and identify the scope of the work required to build it so that our staff, the client, and other members of the project team are all working toward the same vision.
We strive to develop a playing concept, an aesthetic concept, and a design concept for the golf course within the development and the golf course boundary, which utilizes the unique shapes, forms, features, and materials present or available and within the parameters established by the owner.

A full-color master plan rendered to scale is then created and presented to the client, along with a Sketchbook illustrating our thoughts on each hole. Not only is this useful for discussing concepts and adjustments before the creation of detailed construction plans, but our clients often find the Sketchbook incredibly helpful in the early stages of their marketing plans.
The 100% Construction Documents, Details & Specifications are the building blocks for permitting and construction of the golf course.
Using CAD, we prepare final documentation and working drawings that incorporate the most current golf course construction practices. We will prepare the necessary documents and specifications for the golf course to identify final budgets and solicit accurate contractor bids. Our typical plan set includes:​​​​​​​

 - General Notes
- Strategy  Illustrative  & Narrative
- Erosion & Sediment Control
- Layout
- Clearing
 - Topsoil Management
- Grading/Shaping
- Bunker Details (modifications in the field)
- Green Details (modifications in the field)
 - Stormwater Drainage (with project engineer)
- Irrigation (with qualified golf course irrigation consultant)
- General Golf Course Details
- Planting
This phase of the work aims to assist the owner in identifying and selecting a qualified contractor to construct the golf course.

We prepare a detailed Golf Document, which incorporates the final plans, details, specifications, general conditions, and bid instructions/sheet. We then identify a list of qualified contractors to bid on the job and assist the contractors in developing a clear understanding of the project to prepare a construction bid.

​Once the bids are returned, iCon Golf Studio analyzes the proposals and recommends the appropriate contractor based on personnel, schedule, and proposed price.
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