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Golf Course Design Guidelines

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 Golf Course Policy (pdf/35kb/17pp)


What is it?

City of Scottsdale Golf Course Policy 1997 is the guide to be used for the development of future golf courses. It serves as guiding principles for the achievement of “Character” and “Quality” and to heighten the level of understanding on the role of golf in the community.

Where does it apply?


Who needs to use it?

City Council, Planning Commission, City development review/development process staff, Developers, Citizens.

Why was it developed?

City Council and Planning Commission prepared a policy that could be used to guide future development of golf courses by addressing key issues for the overall interest of the community. Proactive planning, as envisioned by CityShape 2020, requires that all aspects of land use decisions be measured against a standard reflected in the Guiding Principles.
City Council approved: May 20, 1997

Key Points:

  1. Encourage high levels of environmental performance in the design and management of new and existing golf facilities.
  2. Encourage environmental sensitivity and resource protection in every phase of course development and management.
  3. Develop and communicate effective communication on the environmental benefits of golf courses developed, improved, or managed consistent with this policy (both future and existing courses)
  4. Anticipate potential future golf course locations and integrate them with other open space linkages.
  5. Golf courses should be effectively integrated into surrounding land uses, and managed so as to provide the highest benefit to the community.
  6. Maintain an appropriate balance between public and private golf courses in the community.
  7. Educate and inform the community, tourists, and spectators on the economic benefits derived from Scottsdale’s golf courses.
  8. Encourage that golf courses can be a part of, and contribute value and diversity to, a system of meaningful open space providing aesthetic, recreational and environmental benefit to the community.
  9. Golf courses should develop a separate and distinct water supply and delivery system so as not to negatively impact service to the overall community or divert potable water available for citizen consumption.
  10. Continuous efforts to reduce water usage, in both existing and future golf courses, is encouraged.

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