Picture this: You’re handed an empty plot of land upon which to design a par 4. The only boundaries are the limits of your imagination. What comes to mind? A 475-yard bruiser that snakes around water and sand? Or a 275-yard temptress where birdies are bountiful but a careless approach can lead to bogey or worse.
Now’s your chance to make your design dreams a reality.
GOLF Magazine and Nicklaus Design want your plan for the perfect par 4. The winning submission — as selected by the Nicklaus Design team and GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com editors and readers — will come to life on a Nicklaus Design site. That’s right, your design will inspire an actual hole built on an actual course by some of the world’s most accomplished course designers. (No pressure!) The winning contestant will also get an all-expenses-paid trip to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a tour of Nicklaus Design headquarters and a round of golf at a Nicklaus Design course.
Here’s how to enter:
1. Design your par 4 to the specifications outlined below (only one submission per entrant, please).
2. Upload your design below, along with a brief explanation (no more than 250 words) of the strategy/thinking behind the hole, by March 15. You may also email your entry to [email protected], or mail it to GOLF Magazine + Nicklaus Challenge, 6 E. 43rd Street, 12th Fl., New York, NY 10017.
3. Ten finalists will be selected by April 15. From that group, the Nicklaus Design team and GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com editors and readers will select the winner, who will be announced before May 15.
- Participants should submit a detailed sketch or graphic rendering of their par-4 on no larger than an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper. (We will accept both hand-sketched and computer-generated designs.) Please do not include your name, address or any other identifying mark on your entry.
- Your design should include yardages, contours and elevations, and all hazards/design features should be clearly indicated. Please also include dimensions (in yards) of fairway widths, tee box lengths, green widths and depths, bunkers and all other features. You’re welcome, though not required, to submit a separate rendering of your green, should you need more space to illustrate its slopes and swales. For expert guidance from a Nicklaus designer on how to sketch a hole, click here.
- From the back tees, your hole may be no longer than 500 yards and no shorter than 275 yards.
- In addition to the hole sketch, please include a brief description (no longer than 250 words) that describes the strategy behind your hole, along with any other background/details that you think would be important for the judges to know. Judges will rate the hole on ingenuity, playability and originality.
- Ten finalists will be selected by the Nicklaus Design team and the editors of GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com before April 15. Each finalist will receive a congratulatory letter from GOLF Magazine + Nicklaus Design and a one-year subscription to GOLF Magazine.
- The designs of the 10 finalists will be rendered in 2-D models by the Nicklaus Design team. Those renderings will published on GOLF.com on or before April 15, at which time GOLF.com users will vote for their favorite. These votes will help determine the winning design, which will be announced on GOLF.com on or before May 15.
- The winning contestant will get an all-expenses-paid trip (on a mutually agreed-upon date) to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a tour of Nicklaus Design headquarters, plus a round of golf at a Nicklaus Design course.
- The winning design will inspire the creation of an actual hole on a Nicklaus Design site.