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I am widely recognized for my ability to design an upscale golf course for an affordable price.   While this is a slight hindrance in fame and fortune, it is very satisfying to help others. 

My designs reflect a lifetime in golf.  I have experienced and know all facets of the golf course business.  I have been a superintendent for public and high end private clubs and I have operated a public course for profit.  These experiences influence how I design a course.  Challenging and beautiful golf courses can still be efficient to build and operate.  I create courses that epitomize value golf...Emerald Vale, Hidden River Golf & Casting Club and Angels Crossing.

Golf holes that utilize the site’s natural land forms create strategy and produce an aesthetically pleasing layout that is economical to build and efficient to maintain.   Proper routing is the foundation for future success.  I work with every client to ensure careful integration of their goals with each site’s unique character and the game of golf.  Ultimately, golf courses are a business.  The doors have to stay open so golfers can enjoy the sport.

Detailed construction plans and technical specifications are the instruments to insure efficient construction practices and quality materials.  As Alister MacKenzie said eighty years ago, working out problems on paper during design development is much more efficient than wearing out soil from excess movement.  I stake the tees, turning points and center of greens on the land.  Adjustments take place before construction, saving unnecessary change orders or later design changes.

Great golf courses lead golfers through great golf holes.  Golf holes are developed by attention to detail and ample time on site during construction.  I enjoy the construction process; I am there communicating with the shaper, owner and contractor.  Quick field decisions save money and produce better results in the final project.  I get the best green design ideas on site and will often draw a sketch for the shaper at the greensite. 

Private club memberships recognize my knowledge of their course’s historical value.  I communicate with committees and memberships what, where and especially how and why a project is necessary.  I spend the time on site to insure the work blends seamlessly with the surrounding character.  I love golf and nature, but the memories are built with people involved with the project.  The biggest rewards of a job involve working through the trials of a problem, the joy of seeing the golf hole become what it was expected to be, and the look of recognition on an owner’s face as the project develops.  My clients are for a lifetime…after the project is finished, it is a delight to reminisce together.

 



Times are changing in the golf industry.  A number of our clients are adapting to the changing times by providing more inclusive recreational features to their courses.  Country Club of Lansing is adding a shorter set of tees, providing an enjoyable round for more members.  Country Club of Lansing is taking the lead in Michigan on the industry’s "play it forward" movement. 

CC of Lansing
CC of Lansing

Railside Golf Club built a new short game area.  Cascade Hills Country Club is presently in the planning stages of a renovated practice facility which includes a lesson area, heated tees and a short game area.  Beach Grove Golf & Country Club, Tecumseh, Ontario has a new practice range with a 9-hole short course in the future plans.

Railside GC
Railside GC

As our lives change and challenges within our industry continue on, many courses are looking for future golfers and providing existing players a new experience with prudent course improvements.

 

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