We have heard from @snapfade about his layout. If anyone would like to try their hand at describing their perfect course, have at it. Every detail is not needed but the better the description, the better the rest of us can appreciate your ideas. For my effort I tried to be realistic but there are no rules.
Here is my idea:
Ownership: I'd like an equity club where the players own the course. No family memberships; if one wants their family to participate, everyone buys in. The buy-in would be reasonable, hopefully something like $10,000 or less. 200 members, $2,000,000 might get us a course during a recession. The course would also be open to the public, on a limited basis. We don't want exclusivity to be an issue. Every member would be expected to participate in the maintenance and running of the club. No absentee owner/members. If you don't play and participate in the running of the club, you resign. Membership is open to any person who loves to play golf and hang out with other golfers. The Board of Director slots (15) rotates among the membership with 2 Board members changing annually. Major changes would be by vote of the membership.
The Layout: One 18 hole course because we can't afford to have more. Ideally it would be like "The Loop" and we could reverse it but I suspect the cost would be an issue. There would be a set of tees at 7,000+ yards but only members with indexes under an agreed amount (5.0??) and with the ability to play that distance would be allowed on the tips. We would try to have a variety of tees and rated combinations to allow some variety the course set-up. The club would be located in SE Michigan (naturally) on rolling terrain with a nice mix of woodlands and grassland - a "parkland style". While we would love to be on the shores of Lake Michigan or the Pacific, that would be too costly (and it would be a heck of a drive for me). Definitely need some water (ponds, streams). Sand bunkers would have to be a bit limited because of the cost.
The Facility: A simple clubhouse with a small bar selling cans of pop and beer. One may BYOB hard liquor or wine but we won't sell it. Bagged snacks and a popcorn popper. No food as we don't want to assume those costs. If we have an event, maybe invite a food truck or two to cater to the members. No beverage carts as our members are serious about playing. If you want a drink or two on the course, that is fine but you are going to carry it with you or get it at the turn. No swimming pool, no tennis courts, no ballroom. No equipment sales. We would have a room fitted out for club repair with a launch monitor. Members would be free to use it and hopefully we could schedule a professional club fitter to stop by now and again. There would be a grass range, practice green and practice bunker/chipping area. Any members who are "range rats" would generally be assigned the practice area maintenance.
Other: Walking would be encouraged but with a physician's note, members would be able to use our single rider carts. We would have a list of people willing to caddie and members would arrange that on an as needed basis. Trolleys permitted. We would have several Club tournaments. All would be flighted, some at scratch and others handicapped. The Club Championship would involve every member (flighted) and be Match Play. When a player became too old to play, they would be welcome to continue as "clubhouse staff" or starter.