Archive for the ‘Golf Architects/Designers’ Category
Francisco López Segalés is a spanish golf course designer with a long career in the world of golf. His father, Miguel López Flores, was a Greenkeeper from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. Francisco Segalés started out as a Head Greenkeeper in the year 1973, in the La Moraleja GC, where he worked until 1990. From 1990 to 2001 he was consultant for the same course.
In the early stages of his working relationship with La Moraleja golf course he went to the United States to study on several occasions (Massachusetts University, Scott and Sons and annual Golf Course Superintendent Seminars). He also collaborated on the construction and maintenance of Muirfield Village Golf Club (Ohio, USA), with Jack Nicklaus’ team.
In 1982 he took his first steps in the world of design and combined his duties as Head Greenkeeper with the direction of work on new courses and projects. In 1993 he founded Segalés Golf, a company dedicated exclusively to golf course design and projects, whilst continuing the maintenance consultancy. (more…)
Thomas C. Himmel, born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1964, graduated as a civil engineer in 1988 at the Technical University of Munich, Germany and during his time there specialized in ecology in construction. After graduating as a civil engineer he took a two year course at the British Institute of Golf Course Architects (now: EIGCA European Insitute of Golf Course Architects) which he joined in 1991. He is now a Senior Member and since the beginnings of 2006 member of the council.
Since he was a kid he felt strongly drawn to the game of golf. The diplomas in civil engineering and golf course design combined with his golfing experience were the ideal background for the former +2 handicap golfer to take up the career as a golf course designer, which he began in 1989.
Dimitri Van Hauwaert is fast becoming one of Europe’s most prolific golf architects; his reputation up there amongst the best in the field. Despite only trading as Diamond Golf Architects for 5 years, Dimitri has been involved in over 40 projects to date. These range from small renovation briefs to complete course re-designs in prestigious clubs across Belgium, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic and more.
With close to 15 years experience and winner of several industry awards, including Student of the Year and a finalist in the world design competition Lido Price, Dimitri is extremely knowledgeable across all areas of golf course architecture, from turf consultancy and maintenance to design and build. Being well connected he has a talent for recognising the specialist skills required and bringing in the ideal people for the job to work alongside him. He has also consulted with some of the best in the industry to create some very successful collaborations.
John Henry “J.H.” Taylor (19 March 1871 – 10 February 1963) was an English professional golfer and one of the pioneers of the modern game of golf. He was also a significant golf course architect.
Taylor was born in Devon. He was a member of the fabled Great Triumvirate of the sport in his day, along with Harry Vardon and James Braid, and he won The Open Championship five times. Born into a working class family, and orphaned as a boy, he began work as a caddy and labourer at the Royal North Devon Golf Club (also known as Westward Ho!) at the age of eleven. He became a professional golfer at 19, and was employed by the Royal Mid Surrey Golf Club from 1899 until his retirement in 1946.
In 1901, Taylor was a co-founder and the first chairman of the British Professional Golfers’ Association. This was the first association for professional golfers in the world. Bernard Darwin wrote that Taylor “had turned a feckless company into a self-respecting and respected body of men”.
Taylor was a factor in the Open Championship from age 22 in 1893, until age 55, when he tied for 11th place in 1926. His five Open victories all took place before World War I. But wait, there’s more
Born in Italy in July 4th 1945, Luigi Rota Caremoli graduated on Science Geologic-Topo-Cartographical and Buildings at the Marconi University in Rome. He is has been professionally involved in golf for over 45 years and has specialized in golf course design, remodelling and development in Italy and abroad for over 27 years.
He was International Adjudicator of the Italian Golf Federation for 15 years; founder of the Italian Association of Golf Secretaries and for many years he has been Secretary and Vice President; he has been member of the Association of Golf Course Superintendents of America since 1972.
Luigi Rota Caremoli has designed a number of golf courses for international championships, Opens and national championships. He was commissioned twice to remodel and plan the golf course for Germany’s most important championship “The German Master”. (more…)