Posts Tagged ‘Golf Architects/Designers’

Golf Architects/Designers: Cynthia Dye McGarey

Aug 15th

Cynthia Dye was born in Urbana, Ohio and grew up learning the fundamentals of traditional golf course design from her father, golf course architect Roy Anderson Dye, and her uncle, golf course architect Pete Dye. When she was young she would go to the Dye office after school to color maps and hand draw golf course layouts.

Cynthia began her career in Phoenix, Arizona designing landscapes for commercial and residential buildings. In 1988 she became a full–time consultant for the family business and for close to 11 years worked as a design consultant around the world. In 2001 Cynthia started her own golf course design company, Dye Designs Group, in order to implement her own signature version of the family design philosophy. She believes seeing one of her ideas on paper develop into a physical golf course is one of the most gratifying experiences she has had.

Cynthia’s design philosophy is to enhance golf course architecture and strategy through sound design principles. She aims to work with her clients to provide the most cost–effective and environmentally sensitive design. Her mission is to promote and serve the game of golf.

Marking Cynthia Dye’s first course design in Europe, the new course will form part of the Falesia D’El Rey Resort, which lies around 50 miles, or an hour’s drive, north of Lisbon.

The project has been on the table for some 15 years, but a change of ownership and the need for sensitive planning and permitting has caused a delay in work getting underway.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers:Eddie B. Connaughton

Dec 5th

Eddie B. Connaughton is a renowned Irish Golf Architect that began his career as a trainee Greenkeeper at Royal Dublin Golf Club and at Elm Park Golf Club where he attained first City & Guilds of London Certificate awarded in Ireland. He then went on to study Agronomy, specialising in Turfgrass Management, at Purdue University, Indiana, USA where he graduated with a B.Sc. in 1985.

Following graduation he worked in Scotland with a sportsturf company gaining valuable experience in the golf course and sportsfield area. He set up Grass Technology International with a partner in 1989 to offer technical and construction advice to golf courses and sportsfields throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. He concentrated on offering specialist agronomy advice to golf courses including designing or re-designing over 20 courses with a further 100-150 courses using the company on an on-going basis for agronomic consultancies.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Declan Branigan Design

Nov 21st

Declan Branigan holds an Honours Degree in General Agriculture, qualifying from University College Dublin in 1974 and also holds a M.Agr.Sc. in Soil Science, publishing his thesis in 1977. He has 30 years professional experience as an agriculturist and soil scientist.

An international amateur golfer, he has represented Ireland at home and abroad on 56 occasions, both in the Home Internationals and European Championships. During his golfing career, he has twice been Irish Champion, twice East of Ireland Champion and twice West of Ireland Champion. In addition to these achievements, he holds the distinction of having won the Willie Gill Memorial Trophy, awarded to Ireland’s most consistent amateur golfer, on three separate occasions – a feat yet unequalled. During his golfing career he has played competitively on Europe’s finest golf courses.

Given the unique combination of his academic and sporting talents, it was a foregone conclusion that Declan Branigan would eventually face the challenge of creating quality golf facilities. To this end he formed a company with his friend Des Smyth in 1988 and assumed full responsibility for design specification and maintenance programs. During a five year period the Company successfully concluded 14 major projects in Ireland.

In 1994, Declan formed his own company (Declan Branigan Design) which deals with all aspects of design, construction and maintenance of golf courses. To date the company has completed numerous projects and is retained by many of Ireland’s finest courses on a consultancy basis. The company is also responsible for all maintenance at Ashbourne and Seapoint Golf Clubs. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Tom Dunn

Nov 14th

Born in 1850 at Musselburgh, Scotland, Tom Dunn was the son Willie Dunn, who along with his twin brother Jamie Dunn played a series of historic matches with Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris. Tom Dunn’s early life was spent at Blackheath in London were his father was custodian of the links. In 1864 Old Willie and family returned to Scotland taking a position at Leith. Tom remained at Leith until 1870 when he moved to North Berwick to start a club-making operation. Later that year he was appointed professional of the London Scottish Club at Wimbledon, and occupied that post for eleven years. In 1882 he returned to North Berwick taking charge of the links. This lasted until 1889 when he returned to London and the Tooting Bec Golf Club. It was during his tenure at Tooting Bec that the game’s popularity exploded in the south, as did the demand for new golf courses, and Tom Dunn was poised to meet that demand.

In 1902 Tom Dunn wrote, During the particular period I was at Tooting Bec I laid out a great number of golfing greens; a well-known golfer called it the “Dunn Era.” I cannot remember them all just now, but here are some: Furzedown Tooting [Tooting Bec], Mitcham, Sudbrooke Park, and the Old Deer Park at Richmond, Stanmore, Northwood, Enfield, Eltham, Woking, Rayne Park, Norbury, Balham, Bude, Fonthill, Buscot Park, Petworth, Staunton Harold, Steningford, Bedstone Court, Fan Court, Ganton reconstructed, Sheringham, Frinton-on-Sea, Skegness, Deal, Brighton extended, Hastings, Beckenham, Bromley, Welbeck Abbey, Dinard and Coubert in France, Shireoaks, Bulwell Forest, Surbiton, Hurlingham, Brooke, Ventnor, Taplow, Cork, Weston-super-Mare, Kingsdown, Landsdown at Bath, Ashley Park, Walton-on-Thames, Babraham, Hincksey Marsh at Oxford, Worlington, Soham at Newmarket, and the reconstruction of Littlestone and Seaford; and some in France, and Oratava in the Canary Islands, etc. In all I have laid out 137 golf links.” Others he did not recall include Felixstowe, Great Yarmouth, Chorleywood and Hayling. But wait, there´s more

Golf Architects/Designers: William W. Amick

Oct 24th

William W. Amick (a.ka. Bill Amick) is an a noted golf course design architect, born in the USA his passion for the golf started very early. As a teenager and already a low handicap golfer, Bill always dreamed of becoming a golf course architect. He earned a BA degree and was a Graduate Assistant under a USGA Green Section Scholarship. After his graduating and as an Air Force officer he supervised the maintenance and operation of a base golf course.  Back to civil life he then gained experience in formal golf course design as an assistant to golf course architects in Indianapolis and Atlanta.

In 1959 he realized his dream by opening his own design practice, the AmickGCA that tt is now the oldest golf course architectural office in Florida.  In 1977, Bill was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.  He has also recently been elected a Fellow in the ASGCA.

His courses attract a wide range of golfers, especially juniors, beginners of all ages, lesser-skilled golfers, shorter hitters and handicapped persons. Amick’s more than 75 courses in the United States and internationally also speak to the positive impact he has had on golf, and will continue having for generations to come. His list of representative courses includes Killearn Country Club, Tallahassee, Fla.; Halifax Plantation Golf Club, Ormond Beach, Fla.; and Gut Heckenhof Golf & Country Club, Eitorf, Germany.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Bruce Devlin

Oct 10th

Bruce William Devlin (born 10 October 1937) is an Australian professional golfer, sportscaster and golf course designer. Devlin was born in Armidale, Australia. He turned pro in 1961 and joined the PGA Tour in 1962 after an amateur career in Australia which included a win at the Australian Amateur in 1959. During his PGA Tour career, he had eight victories all of which occurred between 1964 and 1972. On the Senior PGA Tour, Devlin won one tournament, the 1995 FHP Health Care Classic. At the end of the 1998 golf season, Devlin decided to retire from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his Golf Course Architecture and Design business and his commitment to ESPN’s Golf Telecasts.

The main focus of Devlin’s career in the past 30 years has been his work as a Golf Course Architect and Designer. Devlin has designed and built more than 150 golf courses throughout the world including Australia, Japan, Scotland, the Bahamas, and the United States. About two-thirds of the golf courses he designed have been in Florida and Texas. Many of these courses have hosted all of the professional golf tours, including: The Houston Open, HealthSouth LPGA Classic, Key Biscayne Golf Classic, and The Nike Cleveland Open. His golf design business is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Devlin has also worked as a television commentator. He worked for NBC from 1977 to 1982; ESPN from 1983 to 1987; and since 1999 has occasionally covered professional golf for ESPN. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Tom Bendelow

Sep 19th

Born September 2, 1868, in Aberdeen, Scotland, Tom Bendelow nicknamed “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf”, was a prolific Scottish American golf course architect during the first half of the twentieth century. He is credited with having designed some 600 courses in a 35-year span. Bendelow was one of nine children, his parents owned a popular pie shop in the city, and were known for their religious piety. His father taught him the game of golf; however he was trained as a typesetter. There were no careers in golf course design in that era. After his marriage in 1892 he immigrated to the United States and his family followed in 1893. His first job in the States was at the New York Herald.

Once introduced to A.G. Spalding, the sporting goods manufacturer, Tom Bendelow’s career began to take off in earnest. Prior to this, he had been teaching golf in his spare time one of his most notably students were the Pratt family of Standard Oil fame, who also commissioned him to build them a private six-hole course at their Long Island estate; but Spalding hired him to exclusively promote the game in the New York and New Jersey areas. “They were not seeking to design and build championship courses or courses to test the honed skills of the best players, but rather courses that new players could enjoy, courses that would improve player proficiency, courses that would promote participation, and courses that could be maintained at a reasonable expense,” according to the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

In 1898, the New York City Park District hired him to redesign and manage the Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course, the country’s first 18-hole municipal golf course. Bendelow introduced various innovations to American golfers. These included the use of reserve play (tee) times, course marshals, public player associations, public golf instruction, and training for caddies. He also believed golf should be a sport that the public could play at little to no cost. But wait, there’s more

Golf Architects/Designers: Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design

Sep 5th

Kyle Phillips is one of the most renowned architects in golf today. He is known for his ability to produce courses which seemed to have been there for centuries in spite of the fact they have been recently constructed. During his 16 years with Robert Trent Jones II, Kyle Phillips has studied and been influenced in his designs by the landforms and strategic qualities of the great links and heathland courses. These courses continue today to define the standard for the best in golf course architecture.

In 1997 he founded the Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design based in Granite Bay, California, USA. The company provides a full range of services, including world-class golf course design, golf course construction and construction bid documents, studies and renovation and historical restoration.

A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Kyle’s better known international courses include: Kingsbarns Golf Links, St. Andrews, Scotland; The Grove, London, England; Dundonald-Loch Lomond Golf Club, Scotland; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily; Golf Eichenheim, Kitzbuhel-Aurach, Austria. Kyle’s design work has taken him to more than 30 countries on behalf of some 70 clients.

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Golf Architects/Designers: David Mclay Kidd

Aug 15th

David McLay Kidd was born and raised in the Scottish lowlands; you might say golfing is in Kidd’s blood. As a child he would listen to his father, Jimmy (a greenkeeper at iconic Scottish courses such as St. Andrews and Turnberry) wax poetic about course maintenance with like-minded golfers into wee hours of the morning. David’s formal education came at Writtle College, the largest Land Sciences college in the UK. He completed an internship with Southern Golf, a leading golf construction company, then joined a small architectural firm called Swan Golf Designs as a designer/project manager. In 1991, at the age of 24, David Kidd returned home to work as Director of Design for Gleneagles Golf Developments (GGD), a post he would hold until 1999.

In the summer of 1994, 26-year-old Scotsman David McLay Kidd first visited a stretch of gorse-strewn coastline north of Bandon (Oregon, USA) the future location for a golf course that would become legendary. With little experience and a lot of audacity, Kidd envisioned a traditional links-style course that gave prime seashore real estate to the golf holes. Two years later, he relocated to neighboring Coos Bay to design and build what is now one of the world’s most famous and beloved golf courses.

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Golf Architects/Designers: Von Hagge, Smelek & Baril (Richard A. Baril)

Aug 8th

Richard A. Beril graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1981. Rick worked at a Landscape Architectural design/build firm during college and following graduation. In 1982 he accepted a position with Robert von Hagge. Becoming a Registered Landscape Architect in 1983, Rick simultaneously assumed increased responsibilities with various U.S. and Mexico projects.

When von Hagge, Smelek & Baril ventured into the European market, Richard Baril was designated project architect for that theater.  As such he has been instrumental in the design of world-renowned golf courses in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Morocco. His efforts have helped von Hagge, Smelek & Baril garner a first ever nomination for the Gold Medal Award for European Excellence.

In January of 1995, he accepted an offer to become a Principal. By doing so, his name was added to the company name. With close to three decades of intimate involvement in every area of golf course design and implementation, Richard Baril continues to bring his enthusiasm and extraordinary eye for design to the forefront of the golf course architecture world.