Nowadays, it is no longer enough to call on a prestigious "NAME" to entrust them with the design of your course. It is above all about making this "white elephant" profitable. Often more motivated by an aesthetic rendering than by economic viability, golf "architects" (often former Pros) hardly care about management.
Several fundamental aspects dictate the sustainability of a golf course; namely, the irrigation water reserves (min. 5000m3 / day), the topography which will or will not promote rapid play and rational maintenance, but also its self-sufficiency (sufficient number of members, appropriate events , efficient points of sale, etc.)
If well designed, a golf course can become profitable or at least inexpensive for developers.