Nov 12, 2015
The fourth annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program recipients have been named. Projects from nine courses in the United States have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges.
Since its creation in 2012, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has shone a light on the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, whether the project is a small bunker renovation or a full-scale 18-hole layout.
The 2015 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association.
The recognized courses are:
- Atlantic Beach Country Club, Atlantic Beach, Florida/Erik Larsen, ASGCA
- Birnam Wood Golf Club, Santa Barbara, California/Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA Fellow
- Glenview Park Golf Club, Glenview, Illinois/Rick Jacobson, ASGCA
- Griffith Park Golf Course, City of Los Angeles, California/Forrest Richardson, ASGCA
- Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, Virginia/Lester George, ASGCA
- The Lochmoor Club, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan/Paul Albanese, ASGCA
- Oaks Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma/Bill Bergin, ASGCA
- The Preserve at Boulder Hills, Wyoming, Rhode Island/Robert McNeil, ASGCA
- Rockwind Community Links, Hobbs, New Mexico/Andy Staples, ASGCA
“I offer my heartiest congratulations to these tremendous golf facilities, as well as the golf course architects who provided their talent and expertise along the way,” said ASGCA President Steve Smyers. “The Design Excellence Recognition Program continues to grow each year. And this year, the projects highlighted show the positive impact a well-designed facility continues to have for golfers and an entire community.”
The Preserve at Boulder Hills, Wyoming, Rhode Island/Robert McNeil, ASGCA
A 60-acre, 18-hole par 3 championship course was designed and built on a course which had been closed and lay fallow for six years. As part of a four-season sporting lifestyle facility, all course construction was generated from materials on site; including 18 new green and tee complexes, 32 bunkers, and all shaping. Trees were removed and cart paths developed. Several green and tee locations were used from the plans of original course designer Tripp Davis, ASGCA.
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