The Bay Course at Superior Shores Resort: A Mixed-Use Commercial and Residential Development
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The serene north shore of Lake Superior has unparalleled wilderness beauty. The soothing atmosphere of this great lake provides the perfect setting for enjoying outdoor activities. Attracting more players than any other outdoor sport, golf is what I will focus my thesis project on. The idea for my thesis design is to reconstruct an existing golf course into a resort golf complex. My interest in this type of project is a result of my experiences as a player. The site I have chosen is Lakeview National Golf Course in Two Harbors, MN. The course is located just off highway 61 on the north shore of Lake Superior overlooking Burlington Bay. I am proposing that superior shores resort will own and operate the new golf course facility. The resort is one half mile north of the course on highway 61. In Scotland, where the game was invented, the individual features of golf courses were given names because of their unique characteristics. When thinking about golf courses in this personified way, one can begin to imagine a golf course as having a personality. The underlying premise of my project is to explore the unique characteristics of the game of golf and the golf swing. This will then determine the personality of the new clubhouse, restaurant, conference center, guest units (either lodge suites or individual cabins), employee lodging and maintenance building. There are two things that will drive this project to a successful conclusion. One is to understand and appreciate the needs of those associated with this project such as the resort owners, guests and employees as well as the citizens of Two Harbors. The other is to learn through research about resort golf courses and how they operate, golf course design, the history of the north shore, and the natural and built environment of the region.