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Robert Baxter Spann, ASLA
"This has been the most interesting and spectacular site I have ever
had the opportunity to work with. The combination of on-site land forms
and off-site views is second to none. We were given some 1500 acres to work
with and the various possibilities and choices that were out there were
somewhat overwhelming at first. But gradually you discover certain areas
of the property that you want to be sure to use and become aware of other
parts that are difficult or prohibitive to use, and the routing evolves
from that. In addition, while there are no immediate plans to construct
it, we wanted to have the flexibility to add another eighteen holes on the
property at some point in the future.
Our design concept was to create as wide a variety of holes as possible,
with each having its own memorable features that set it apart from the others.
Dramatic bunkering and green contouring in keeping with the scale of the
natural landforms are featured here, rather than extreme overall length.
Wind is a major influence on this site, and we wanted a course that would
be fun and challenging in calm conditions, but yet not impossibly difficult
on the frequent days when it is blowing thirty or forty miles an hour.
The site has a wild Irish links look to it, particularly in the spring after
a wet winter when the native grasses are leafy and blowing in the breeze.
In keeping with this spirit, we incorporated some hidden target areas and
semi-blind uphill shots which will require some local knowledge and familiarity
with the course to negotiate successfully.
I can say that more than any other project, I eagerly anticipated every
trip I made to this course during design and construction, always knowing
I would find something new to experience and work with. I hope that golfers
will feel the same way about Black Mesa."
Baxter Spann is Vice-President of Finger
Dye Spann, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
degree from Louisiana State University and is a Registered Landscape
Architect in the States of Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Spann is a member
of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
A member of the Finger
Dye Spann, Inc. design team since 1979, Mr. Spann has developed
successful designs on some of the most demanding projects undertaken
by the firm. His work includes master planning for golf course/residential
developments and numerous remodeling projects, as well as dealing
with environmental issues relating to golf course development.