From the desk of Phil Smith, Golf Course Designer
Growing up in the central plains of Kansas can have its advantages.
While Hutchinson, Kansas may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of the ideal place to learn the trade of golf course architecture, it had a huge influence on my career.
I had the greatest job any youngster could have. Working summers on the maintenance crew at Prairie Dunes Country Club gave this curious kid a great chance to experience what many of us know as one of the truly great golf course designs of modern time. I remember hearing a story of Perry Maxwell’s famous quote after first walking the raw site that consisted of majestic sand dunes making up the hallowed grounds of Prairie Dunes. He said, “Today, I found 118 great golf holes, my job is simply to eliminate 100 of them.”
I’ve kept that famous phrase in the back of my mind over the last 35+ years as I’ve traveled the world looking at nearly 100 sites with my mentors Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Never have I been able to find a site that reflects those words as succinctly as I did in 2012.
In my opinion, Flying Horse North sits squarely on such a site. Rarely, do we as golf course architects find a combination of scenic distant mountain views, majestic trees, open prairies, undulating terrain, natural drainage-ways and rock outcroppings. It became paramount in my mind that above all, the land would need to dictate the flow and strategy of each hole.
In 2012 I began visiting the site dozens of times to be certain each hole at Flying Horse North was placed properly. Jeff Smith, Doug Stimple, Fredo Killing and Dan Hawkins have been by my side every step of the way, ensuring each hole’s proper placement in the overall Master Plan. Above all, the vision of Flying Horse North is that each golf hole will appear as though it always existed… all we did was clear a few trees and grass the fairways. Simply put, the purest form of golf should pit player versus nature. No more … no less.
Today, we see the fruits of our labor. Construction of the golf course is running smoothly. Most of the holes are shaped, and we can now see the flow of the golf course. I couldn’t be more pleased with the progress of the design.
The course will stretch over 7,150 yards from the tips as a traditional par 72. The fairways meander through the natural contours and the greens are merely an extension of each fairway. The bunkers will have an informal naturalistic form that enhances the natural look of the site. Grassing will begin the spring of 2018 with the final completion and grow-in projected for the summer of 2019.
I hope you have the opportunity to come witness the progress and maybe you’ll even be able to find some of the 100 holes that got away!
-Phil Smith, Phil Smith Design
About Phil Smith Design
After 10 years designing with Jack Nicklaus and 14 years working as Tom Weiskopf’s exclusive architect, Phil’s design career has been shaped by two of the top names in golf. Drawing inspiration from these two great legends, Phil has had the opportunity to absorb a lifetime’s worth of knowledge while contributing to some of today’s premier golf course developments. Phil’s philosophy of design has been shaped by the traditional values of golf. Whether designing a new 18 hole course, updating existing features, or restoring a historical classic, Phil’s 25 years of experience designing many of the world’s top golf courses has given him the skill set to meet the real challenges associated with any new golf course design or restoration project.
To learn more about Phil Smith, visit www.philsmithdesign.net. Click here to view his portfolio.
Looking to make your 2018 golf game better than ever?
Consider fall/ winter training (October-April) with our golf professionals at The Club at Flying Horse to have some fun and improve your game.
We have new tools such as an indoor putting green, state of the art MEGSA swing shaping machine, and dynamic putting training aids.
With our one-of-a-kind Learning Center, we have the ability to train regardless of weather in our heated hitting bays. Coming soon... an uneven lie practice aid!
What do I need to do to be a lot better when the next golf season gets here?
1. Find a motivating reason of why you want to be better – goals, events, fun
2. Take lessons to learn the how
3. Create a plan of improvement with professional help
4. Make a habit of showing up at the practice area
Here are a few lesson options:
No Embarrassment Golf School- Winter Group Lessons: (Group size limited to 4)
Saturdays at 11:00-12:00 (5 week sessions)
Session 1: November 4,11,18,25 Dec 2
Session 2: January 13, 20, 27 February 3, 10
Session 3: February 17, 24 March 3, 10, 17
Cost: $175 Non-member: $195
5 Lessons (2 People): Special Rate
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Per person rate (must have 2 people)
Adult: $262.50 Non-Member: $275
Junior: $212.50 Non-Member: $225
5 Lessons (1 Person): Private 1 on 1 lessons
All 5 Lessons must be used by March 31st, 2018
Adult: $425 Non-Member: $450
Junior: $325 Non-Member: $350
A dynamic combination I observed this summer was watching people take private lessons AND group lessons. The private lessons served as a way to hone the swing, the group lessons provided an avenue to cover each area of the game.
Not a member? Not a problem! The Club at Flying Horse offers golf instruction for members and non-members, alike.
For questions or to sign up call or text Garrett at 719-201-0240 or email him at email@example.com. If you're looking for information about Group Clinics, please visit The Club at Flying Horse Golf Instruction page for featured group clinics.
The following questions and answers are designed to provide a brief understanding of Flying Horse North. As these questions and answers are only summary in nature, you should contact Flying Horse Realty regarding real estate opportunities and The Club at Flying Horse for details about Golf Membership.
Q: Who do I contact for more information about Flying Horse North?
A: Lot sales are managed by Flying Horse Realty. You may contact a representative by phone at 719-649-0605.
Q: What is the typical lot size range?
A: Lots in Flying Horse North range from 2.5 acres to over 5.0 acres.
Q: When will lots become available for purchase?
A: Lot purchases will commence in November of 2017 for those who join our interested party list on or before 10/31/17. Those who join the interested party list on or after 11/1/17 will have the opportunity to purchase a lot in the second release planned for mid-to-late November. Lots will be released to the public in December 2017.
Q: How do I join the interested party list?
A: Joining the list is easy, click here to complete the online registration form. If you prefer to join in person or by phone, please contact Flying Horse Realty at 2409 Flying Horse Club Dr., 80921 or 719-649-0605.
Q: How can I tour lots Flying Horse North?
A: We are currently offering guided tours of the property. To schedule a real estate tour contact Flying Horse Realty at 719-649-0605.
Q: When will access to Hwy 83 open?
A: The date is to be determined.
Q: If I purchase a lot when should I expect to close?
A: We anticipate the first lot closings to take place in the spring of 2018. This date is based on information known to the developer at the time of this post and subject to change. Please see Flying Horse Realty for contract terms and conditions.
Q: I am interested in purchasing an acreage lot, how do I make my lot preferences known to the developer?
A: Once you’ve toured the community and reviewed the available lot options, we recommend that you join our interested party list. Upon registration a representative of Flying Horse Realty will contact you to discuss potential lot preferences. Your Flying Horse Realty representative will recommend that you complete a “Lot Preference Sheet” outlining your first choices and secondary lot selections.
Q: Do I have to work with specific builders once I purchase a lot or am I free to bring my own builder?
A: You may purchase a lot and bring your own builder. All parties will be required to adhere to community standards and design guidelines. We also have a list of builders that have proven track records, having built many of the homes you see in the established community of Flying Horse.
Q: What is the average price range for a lot in Flying Horse North?
A: At the time of this post, we anticipate lot prices to range from the low-to-mid $100s to the mid-to-upper $400s. See Flying Horse Realty for current pricing.