Jacobsen Hardy made the most of an extraordinary site, routing 18 holes at Brasada Canyons in, across and along the edges of a sprawling network of canyons. This sort of elevation affords golfers long, panoramic views of the snow-capped Cascades. Man-made items tend to get dwarfed here, but the 80-foot-high wooden golf cart trestle which delivers players back to the clubhouse and serves as backdrop to the par-5 finishing hole more than holds its own.
"There is so much to see during a round at Brasada Canyons, it is such a feast for the eyes, that we had to make some strategic decisions about when to create visual drama and when to simply get out of the way", said Peter Jacobsen, a partner with Jim Hardy in Houston-based Jacobsen Hardy Golf Course Design (www.jacobsenhardy.com). The creative part of our design here was mainly a matter of routing. There are three basic types of holes at Brasada: those that play in the canyons themselves; those that play along their edges at elevation; and those that play off the edges, either into the canyons below or across them to another edge."Architect: Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy