Death Valley

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Death Valley:  A fictional collaboration with the infamous Daniel Bunch, the course attempts to express the various distinctive locations in Death Valley, California near the Nevada border.  Combining unique geographical locations, sometimes miles apart, the routing takes the golfer from dry desert to oasis to razor-sharp rocks and space-like pinnacles to deep canyons and back to the home oasis.  Although there is a real golf course, Furnace Creek, in Death Valley and it is famous for being at the lowest sea-level location in the world, this course does not attempt to emulate that one.  Furnace Creek is routed around a natural spring and would occupy a small landscape area, whereas Death Valley occupies an imaginary area that spans over 80 miles.  Daniel and I are not attempting to fool anyone here, we simply thought the areas would make a wonderful scene and backdrop for an interesting and different kind of golf course for the PGA 2000 archive.  Daniel did the routing based on a map of photos that I had sent him combining various areas that I had experienced.  He did all the hole designs and all the elevations and advised me on texture color.  Where we overlapped in opinion, criticism and changes, mostly had to do with additional texture shapes, texture color and the scale of some of those shapes.  I did the textures, panels, objects and panorama from the 400+ pictures that I took when Suzi and I were there over the Thanksgiving weekend of 2000.  Collaboration is something that I have shied away from, but my experience with "DanO" has endeared me to the process.  I could not have worked with anyone more understanding and tolerant, not to mention imaginative and skilled.  This is not an easy course.  Many will find it controversial and some may hate it.  All the better!  Artists'  Golf seeks to please, but not at the expense of thought.  Let the 'flames arise'...

Death Valley requires the PGA Championship Golf software by Sierra.  The course is available for download from links found at The Course Depot, or from the Copyright Club.


For questions or comments please send e-mail to David.


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