As soon as David McLay Kidd (DMK) told us the site for their latest project runs adjacent to a beach with crystal blue waters in the Bahamas, we wanted to be involved. It has been on our bucket list to work on such a site since we started in the golf industry, but not surprisingly, projects like this don’t appear very often.
It was one of the occasions when we really wish we had an excuse to leave our computers and visit the site. Unfortunately DMK sent us plenty of site photos so there really was no need to go there.
When you receive a project with a picturesque site like this, there is a certain amount of pressure to do it justice and recreate the idyllic surroundings. For this reason we probably spent more time on the sandy and rocky stretches of beach than we did on the golf course and architecture, but we like to think it was time well spent.
The developer required an animation they could use for marketing, so the plan was to create a trailer style animation, combining the best views of the project, in order to showcase the holes closest to the ocean, and the relationship between the course and architecture. We combined views from a golfer’s perspective with elevated angles, to give the viewer a feeling of what it will be like to stand on the course, but also an overview of the project.
After all the time we spent creating a 3d model of the beach and simulating the waves, it would have been a shame not to include some shots that focus on the site. Showing beauty shots like these is something we like to include in every trailer because it helps to communicate the character of a project.
Now that we’ve ticked the ‘project on a beach in Bahamas’ box, what is next on our bucket list? We’ll, if anyone has a links course in Scotland we’d love to hear from you. Especially if you need us to visit the site!
WHAT WE DID
1 x trailer animation
5 x CGIs
The sandy and rocky beaches were modelled entirely from site photos.
Harris Kalinka has partnered with us on many projects and always delivered superb quality CGI imagery, renderings, and animation. Their attention to detail and willingness to adjust based on the feedback, results in the very best that the industry has to offer. There is no better way to communicate our design intent to clients and golfers.
David McLay Kidd, Principal
DMK Golf Design