Stoneforest International has one of the world's unique settings for golf, and Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley to thank for its design. (Ryan Farrow)

15 Great Golf Course Architects You've Never Heard Of

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Donald Ross. A.W. Tillinghast. C.B. Macdonald. Seth Raynor.

Robert Trent Jones. Pete Dye. Tom Fazio. Arnold Palmer. Jack Nicklaus. Tom Doak. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Gil Hanse.

These are the luminaries of golf course architecture. If you keep a list of your favorite golf courses, chances are most of them will have been designed by one of the names above.

But if you truly care about getting an education in golf course architecture, these are far from the only names you need to be aware of.

Given the cachet associated with the biggest names, it can be easy to overlook certain courses by architects whom you've never heard of, but in many cases, this would be a mistake.

Those name-brand architects are often active across the country, while the work of the ones you may not have heard of tends to stay mostly in one region. This is not universally the case, as you'll see with our list, but if you are planning a trip to a new-to-you destination and balk at certain course designer names, you may end up missing out on some great courses.

So, here are some names whose work you should seek out in addition to the "big boys."

Mike Strantz

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club is the jewel of the portfolio of the late Mike Strantz. (Brian Oar - Fairways Photography)

Sadly, Strantz only enjoyed about a decade-long career, from his first solo design, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., in 1994, to his death in 2005. But his output was of amazing quality, and every single one of his courses is memorable. His Tobacco Road Golf Club, near Pinehurst, truly must be seen to be believed.

Other notable work: Tot Hill Farm - Asheboro, N.C.; True Blue Golf Club - Pawleys Island, S.C.; Royal New Kent Golf Club - Providence Forge (near Williamsburg), Va.; Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club (private; renovation) - Pebble Beach, Calif.

Todd Eckenrode

Eckenrode's Country Club of the Golden Nugget has an odd name, but an engaging, fun design. (Origins Golf Design)

With Tom Doak, Coore and Crenshaw and Gil Hanse earning recent acclaim for their minimalistic and rustic aesthetics, Eckenrode and his Origins Golf Design firm may be the next to join that pantheon. His highest-ranked course to date is the terrific Barona Creek Golf Club east of San Diego, and his Country Club of the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which opened last year, has received rave reviews as well.

Other notable work: Links at Terranea (9-hole par-3 course) - Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Quail Lodge Golf Club (renovation) - Carmel, Calif.

Paul Albanese & Chris Lutzke

Tatanka is the latest effort by Albanese & Lutzke. (Tatanka Golf Club)

Albanese & Lutzke have been most active in the Midwest, gaining recent notoriety for their designs at a couple of that region's casino resorts: Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Michigan; and Tatanka Golf Club in Niobrara, Nebraska.

Other notable work: Mill Creek Golf Club - Rochester, N.Y.; Eagle Eye Golf Club - Lansing, Mich.; Timberstone Golf Course - Iron Mountain, Mich.

Jim Engh

Tullymore is a funky-fabulous Jim Engh design. (Tullymore Golf Club)

In terms of visual drama and a tendency to stray from the ordinary, Jim Engh's design style is the closest to Mike Strantz's as any living architect. He described himself "not as a golf course architect, but as an endorphin salesman." His courses tend to have aggressive slopes and mounds on and around the greens, as well as his trademark "muscle bunkers," which have their own unique look. He has been most active out in the midwest and West, with the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction, Colorado and Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood, Michigan being two of his best-known public layouts. We like when golf course architects push the envelope, and Engh is a master at doing just that.

Other notable work: The Sanctuary (private) - Sedalia, Colo.; The Creek Club at Reynolds Lake Oconee (private) - Greensboro, Ga.; Fossil Trace Golf Club - Golden, Colo.; Awarii Dunes - Kearney, Neb.; Hawktree Golf Club - Bismarck, N.D.

Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley

Stoneforest International has one of the world's unique settings for golf, and Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley to thank for its design. (Ryan Farrow)

Schmidt and Curley might be the most prolific golf course architects you've never heard of, as they have built dozens of golf courses around the world. In fact, the greatest concentration of their work can be found in China - at its two massive Mission Hills complexes, in particular. But they have been active in the Western Hemisphere as well, having worked with Pete Dye on his designs at Casa De Campo, Kiawah Island and PGA WEST, and with Jack Nicklaus at some of his own designs in Asia. Their own output in the United States is impressive as well - Marriott's Desert Ridge in Scottsdale, Arizona; Marriott's Shadow Ridge in Palm Springs, California; and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Phoenix, Arizona among them.

Other notable work: Rancho Bernardo Inn (renovation) - San Diego, Calif.; Bali Hai Golf Club - Las Vegas, Nev.; Stoneforest International Golf Club (three courses) - Kunming, China

Lester George

The par-3 eighth at The Greenbrier's Old White TPC is a phenomenal example of the Redan template.

George is perhaps best known for two private golf club designs in Virginia - the outstanding Kinloch Golf Club in suburban Richmond, and the wild, wonderful Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke. But his public designs and redesigns are what earn him a place on this list. His original course at Rock Manor in Wilmington, Delaware is known as one of the First State's best courses, his restoration of C.B. Macdonald's famed Old White TPC at the Greenbrier is phenomenal and fun, and he recently breathed new life into Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Virginia, taking a Tom Fazio design that tended to brutally punish less-skilled players and make it into a more enjoyable test for all.

Other notable workProvidence Golf Club - Richmond, Va.; Country Club of Florida (private; renovation) - Village of Golf, Fla.; The First Tee of Chesterfield - Chesterfield, Va.

Tim Liddy

Tim Liddy's years of working with Pete Dye have influenced his own solo designs, such as the Trophy Club. (

Liddy has long been one of Pete Dye's most trusted associates, having served as the construction manager and lead architect on many of Dye's best original courses and redesigns, including Bulle Rock in Maryland, Heron Point at Sea Pines Resort in South Carolina and the River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Virginia. But Liddy has his own standalone design firm as well, and has generated some excellent courses in his own right: the Trophy Club in Lebanon, Indiana; Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru, Indiana; and redesigns of the Duke's Course at St. Andrews in Scotland and Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Other notable workWintonbury Hills Golf Course (with Pete Dye) - Bloomfield, Conn.; Big Fish Golf Club (with Pete Dye) - Hayward, Wisc.; Caesarea Golf Club - Caesarea, Israel

JMP Golf Design

North River Golf Club in Beaufort, N.C. is a Bob Moore design. (North River Golf Club)

As part of the JMP Golf Design group, Bob Moore and his associates Brian Costello and Mark Hollinger have flown under the radar somewhat, but their courses tend to strike a nice balance of quality and affordability. We mentioned Cutter Creek in North Carolina a few weeks ago as such a course. Other JMP designs you should be aware of include Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona; Callippe Preserve in Pleasanton, California; and Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Maryland, in collaboration with Ernie Els.

Other notable work: Golf Club at Chapel Ridge (with Fred Couples) - Pittsboro, N.C.; North River Golf Club - Beaufort, N.C.; Santa Lucia Preserve (private; with Tom Fazio) - Carmel, Calif.; Beijing Golf Club - Beijing, China; Manila Golf Club (renovation) - Manila, Philippines

Mike DeVries

Remote, spectacular King Island is the setting for Cape Wickham, one of the most exciting new golf courses to be built in recent years. (Cape Wickham Golf Club)

DeVries joins Todd Eckenrode on this list as "Architects Most Likely To Become Household Names Soon." His Greywalls course in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been known for a while, and his design at the private Kingsley Club in Traverse City has come to be known as the centerpiece of one of the best national golf clubs in the U.S., but it's his course at Cape Wickham on the remote King Island off Tasmania, Australia that will likely vault him up alongside the likes of Doak, Hanse and Coore & Crenshaw. With spellbinding ocean scenery and cliff-hanging holes, Cape Wickham occupies one of the most spectacular pieces of land for golf in the world, and has been ranked the 24th best course in the world by Golf Digest in just its first year of operation.

Other notable work: Mines Golf Course - Grand Rapids, Mich.; Pilgrim's Run Golf Club - Pierson, Mich.; Diamond Springs Golf Club - Hamilton, Mich.; Meadow Club (private; renovation) - Fairfax, Calif.

Tad King & Rob Collins

Sweetens Cove has the aesthetics and variety to make for a nine-hole course players are thrilled to play over and over. (Sweetens Cove Golf Club)

Does the King-Collins Design team deserve a spot on this list even though they have only designed one new nine-hole layout and renovated two holes on a second course? Given the high praise their Sweetens Cove Golf Club outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee has garnered - people are throwing the phrase "best nine-hole course in the country" around liberally - we have to believe that this duo will be getting more chances to apply their rustic aesthetic to existing courses and perhaps a new tract or two in the near future.

Other notable worknone (yet)

Who are your favorite less-heralded golf course architects? Leave us a comment below!

Mar 08, 2016

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John Robinson's avatar
John Robinson wrote at 2018-01-04 19:39:01+00:00:

You forgot the late great Geoffrey S Cornish and his partner in design for 19 years William G. Robinson, and his brother John F Robinson - Golf Course Design. Together over we've done 400 new designs and renovations. We began the concept Long Range Planning and Contour Mowing to reduce maintenance.

Sherry L.'s avatar
Sherry L. wrote at 2017-08-24 22:22:32+00:00:

There are a lot of great golf course architects but my favorite is Spencer Holt, based out of Louisville

Steve S's avatar
Steve S wrote at 2017-03-09 00:27:08+00:00:

Reading these comments is laughable. First, the list is for architects you've never heard of.

Second, the readers are suggesting architects who maybe did 1 good course. I vomited in my mouth when I read Ed Ault and Roger Rulewich. Neither have any courses listed on Golf Magazine or Golf Digest Top 100. A lifetime of mediocrity.

Jim S's avatar
Jim S wrote at 2016-10-13 22:54:30+00:00:

I would second the motion of Kyle Phillips. His work at Kingsbarn is marvelous and he keeps turning out great courses around the world.

Gregg Lewis's avatar
Gregg Lewis wrote at 2016-03-21 18:48:43+00:00:

Gordon Lewis, though I'm a bit prejudice, he's my brother. He's done 45 plus courses, most in SW Florida.

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Tim Hickey wrote at 2016-03-15 23:11:02+00:00:

I would nominate Andy Raugust. His Deer Ridge design in Central California is my favorite golf course of all that I've played, which includes the Pebble Beach courses, Pasatiempo, etc.

Mark Patrick's avatar
Mark Patrick wrote at 2016-03-15 21:57:31+00:00:

Played a number of the above courses and have some of the others on my bucket list. The older I've gotten the more I appreciate the courses as much as the game. I know I'm not alone.

Bill McMahon's avatar
Bill McMahon wrote at 2016-03-15 21:48:56+00:00:

Brandon Johnson did a great job at Old Tabby, making it more scenic as well as more interesting to play. The greens have terrific character and the bunkers play a strategic as well as an aesthetic role.

J.Hyatt's avatar
J.Hyatt wrote at 2016-03-15 21:43:41+00:00:

Herbert Strong --Saucon Valley, Woodholme Country Club, Engineers Club

AJ. La Course's avatar
AJ. La Course wrote at 2016-03-15 17:47:55+00:00:

How about Ray Hearn who has done quite a few original & redesigns. Two here in mid- Michigan that are challenging but fair if you pick proper tees are The Grande and Moose Ridge.

Stan OLG's avatar
Stan OLG wrote at 2016-03-15 17:32:04+00:00:

Geoffrey Cornish and Bill Robinson in New England.

Tom T.'s avatar
Tom T. wrote at 2016-03-15 16:40:01+00:00:

Forgot Ron Garl.

Inspires's avatar
Inspires wrote at 2016-03-14 18:16:38+00:00:

Strantz tracks are different than most I've ever played with many blind shots, but I'm a true fan of his work. And Kudos for someone mentioning Bulls Bay, one of my favorite designs from him. Bobby Weed has done some nice tracks as well and good to see him get some mention here.

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Jeremy Hall -Merit Golf Vacations wrote at 2016-03-12 12:43:19+00:00:

Graham Cooke up here in Canada is not only a Canadian Amateur Golf Hall of fame ...but also a world class designer and course restorer.

Allan L's avatar
Allan L wrote at 2016-03-11 20:42:31+00:00:

Mike Nuzzo is someone to keep an eye on.

Derrick D's avatar
Derrick D wrote at 2016-03-10 12:19:10+00:00:

Heard of The Club at Nine Bridges, Pine Beach Golf Links, Pezula Golf Resort, Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club, Anvaya Cove, Shore Gate Golf Club, Weihai Point Resort to name a few of David Dale and Kevin Ramsey's (Golfplan) works around the globe. They are worth an investigation

Al's avatar
Al wrote at 2016-03-10 07:04:59+00:00:

I thinking Rees should be on most notibale list

BG's avatar
BG wrote at 2016-03-10 03:47:09+00:00:

John Harbottle should be on the list. He designed a number of great course in the Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Grall's avatar
Dennis Grall wrote at 2016-03-09 21:16:29+00:00:

I've been fortunate to play golf with Paul Albanese (TimberStone and Sweetgrass) and Mike DeVries (Greywalls). They took exceptional land and created golf courses that test the imagination and the skill of good and average players. Another Michigan name that was skipped is Mike Husby, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula at Wild Bluff in Brimley and second nines at Newberry and Manistique and several tracks in lower Michigan.

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Ed Homsey wrote at 2016-03-09 21:09:34+00:00:

Ian Andrew is fast becoming a heralded and well-known architect, as he should. I would also add Bruce Hepner, Brian Schneider, and Kevin Hargrave to the list.

Rory Spears's avatar
Rory Spears wrote at 2016-03-09 06:00:29+00:00:

Keith Foster, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Eastward Ho, Baltimore Five farms, Omaha CC, Orchard Lake, Pittsburgh Field Club, Louisville CC, Sands Point, Knollwood, New construction Harvester, Shepherds Crook, Gateway, Quarry

R D Smith's avatar
R D Smith wrote at 2016-03-09 05:04:54+00:00:

What about Dan Maples and his father Ellis Maples

Phil S's avatar
Phil S wrote at 2016-03-09 03:40:27+00:00:

Rod Whitman, Dave Axland, Dan Proctor

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Robin Moyer wrote at 2016-03-09 02:13:16+00:00:

You've missed Neil Haworth, Brett Mogg and the late Robin Nelson of Nelson & Haworth. Sheshan International, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (at 10,000 ft elevation, 8,548 yards), Shenzhen GC, Suzhou Sun Island and more in China, Kau Sai Chau East in Hong Kong, Royal Selangor re-design in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Mangilao in Guam, Ravenwood in Rochester, Moose Run Creek in Anchorage, Bali National in Indonesia, Mauna Lani, Puakea, The Dunes at Maui Lani, and courses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Morocco, France, Canada. Prolific and all great tracks.

Richard Culhane's avatar
Richard Culhane wrote at 2016-03-09 01:01:14+00:00:

What about Clive Clark in the Palm Springs area.

Greg G's avatar
Greg G wrote at 2016-03-08 23:35:08+00:00:

Craig Schreiner

Mike McG's avatar
Mike McG wrote at 2016-03-08 23:17:34+00:00:

Kye Goalby. Architect on the machine. Best way to go.

Ken's avatar
Ken wrote at 2016-03-08 22:07:54+00:00:

There are plenty of guys out there that nobody has ever heard of, but they all do great work....just under someone else's name often:

Chris Cochran

Mark Meijer

Chet Williams

Brian Lussier

Rick Jacobson

the Late Bruce Borland

Troy Vincent

Steve Wolfard

Greg Letsche

Carl Mistretta

Mike Riley

Dave Heatwole

and even me Ken Morgan

The list goes on and on of guys behind the scenes that are now out on their own, this is just some of the guys from Nicklaus Design. (Sorry if I missed a few)

jerry murray's avatar
jerry murray wrote at 2016-03-08 22:02:14+00:00:

Dr. mike Hurdzan cobblestone creek country club Rochester/victor NY Beautifull link style course with superb terrain and undulating fast greens.

otto's avatar
otto wrote at 2016-03-08 21:30:47+00:00:

Mike Stranz was a brilliant designer. Friends told me that I would hate Tobacco Road........ too many blind tee shots. It has become my favorite course,......I fell in love with it instantly. It is designed to fool the eye, and it does that.

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J. Michael wrote at 2016-03-08 21:12:30+00:00:

Love Tim Cate's designs. Cape Fear National near Wilmington NC is my favorite course to play when I'm down south. Thistle golf club in Calabash is a fine 27 hole layout. Tim also did all the four of the courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach. He is credited with three of them, but did most of the site work on Lion's Paw, for Willard Byrd, who is listed as the architect of record. The property owners were so impressed by his work, they let him build the other three courses, Tiger's Eye, Panther's Run, and Leopard's Chase.

rrb's avatar
rrb wrote at 2016-03-08 20:18:12+00:00:

I appreciate your effort to shed some light on less known, but good golf architects. As some of the commentators mentioned, you overlooked quite a few though. Also, your list is US-biased. You ignored such non-US luminaries as McKenzie, Colt, Alison, Braid, Morris and Thompson among the established names. On the other hand, you included some who's work though prolific does not or only in minute numbers appears on "Best 100 lists". As to Cape Wickham Links, you forgot to mention that de Vries had a co-designer: Darius Oliver from Melbourne.

Ralph DeNune's avatar
Ralph DeNune wrote at 2016-03-08 20:14:21+00:00:

You've got Mike Strantz in the wrong group. He should be listed with Fazio, Nicklaus, etc. Named #1 designer in US by Golf World in 1998.

Rick Kelly's avatar
Rick Kelly wrote at 2016-03-08 20:10:08+00:00:

I second Roger Rulewich. And salute the author for putting Mike Strantz at the top of the list. Pure. Genius.

Ginny J's avatar
Ginny J wrote at 2016-03-08 20:04:43+00:00:

Can't believe you missed Alister MacKenzie

Mike Missler's avatar
Mike Missler wrote at 2016-03-08 20:03:11+00:00:

Jack Kidwell and Mike Hurdzan are great in my book!

DoggieCombover's avatar
DoggieCombover wrote at 2016-03-08 18:05:45+00:00:

Gary Panks has done outstanding work around AZ, Aguila, Raven, Legacy, Poston Butte, Silver Creek are a few that come to mind.

Dan N's avatar
Dan N wrote at 2016-03-08 17:52:33+00:00:

Roger Rulewich. Lots of the "real work" on RTJ Trail, Crumpin Fox, Fox Hopyard, Grande Dunes.

John G's avatar
John G wrote at 2016-03-08 17:51:32+00:00:

Rod Whitman, Cabot Links plus many more

JC's avatar
JC wrote at 2016-03-08 17:39:44+00:00:

Matt Dusenberry and Tad Burnett.....Matt used to be the senior designer for Greg Norman and was recently featured as a top up and coming course architect. He designed Champions Gate and the PGA West Norman course and is now partners with Tad Burnett who also worked for Norman.

Michael T's avatar
Michael T wrote at 2016-03-08 17:21:42+00:00:

Who can deny Stranz a seat among the big guys, he was a true genius.

btw: you forgot Bulls Bay among the Stranz Courses!

Robert von Hagge is one you have to name as well (250+ courses)

Styles Adamson's avatar
Styles Adamson wrote at 2016-03-08 17:00:34+00:00:

Jim Engh designs are horrible. He is the only designer that I refuse to play.

Dan H.'s avatar
Dan H. wrote at 2016-03-08 16:51:56+00:00:

Not one mention of Arthur Hill.... Hard to believe

John L's avatar
John L wrote at 2016-03-08 16:42:02+00:00:

How about Arthur Hills and Red Lawrence? They have been the name architects for some great courses in the southwestern US.

Charlie P's avatar
Charlie P wrote at 2016-03-08 16:34:42+00:00:

I did not see Jay Moorish or Weiskopf/Moorish on either list. Great designs. I love TCP Scottsdale and La Cantera. Have also enjoyed others I have played.

Steven Tierney's avatar
Steven Tierney wrote at 2016-03-08 16:33:19+00:00:

Peter Harradine over 200 courses worldwide most notable his work in the middle east amd central europe

Arthur Little's avatar
Arthur Little wrote at 2016-03-08 16:29:09+00:00:

The previous comments have picked up many you missed, but You've forgotten a number of others.

Jeff Brauer

Jan Beljan

Jim Urbina who worked very closely with Tom Doak on Old Macdonald

Andy Staples

Rod Whitman,who designed Cabot Links and was Bill Coore's primary shaper at Cabot Cliffs

Lincoln R's avatar
Lincoln R wrote at 2016-03-08 16:24:16+00:00:

Kipp Schulties is doing great work in Florida. He restored Riviera Country Club, 1925 Donald Ross course, in Coral Gables and did an outstanding job. Another great restoration he did was High Ridge in Palm Beach.

PJB's avatar
PJB wrote at 2016-03-08 16:23:17+00:00:

Surprised nobody has mentioned Kyle Phillips.

Fran's avatar
Fran wrote at 2016-03-08 16:20:15+00:00:

I love Mike Strantz designs!

Tim Gavrich's avatar
Tim Gavrich wrote at 2016-03-08 16:15:25+00:00:

Bob--<br/> Schmidt and Curley designed it with Faldo as the "Signature" name collaborating.<br/> --Tim

Tom Karrys's avatar
Tom Karrys wrote at 2016-03-08 16:14:58+00:00:

Sadly you ignored one of the greats,Canadian Stanley Thompson. Co-founder with Donald Ross of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. Trained and partnered with Robert Trent Jones. Had a hand either laying out, constructed or renovated 178 courses.

Tim Gavrich's avatar
Tim Gavrich wrote at 2016-03-08 16:14:19+00:00:

Anon--<br/> Interesting. I've played both courses after Brandon's work and thought they were a hoot. Definitely some quirk, but since they're members' courses, I thought that made them even more interesting. To each his own, I guess...<br/> --Tim

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Dave Matthews wrote at 2016-03-08 16:11:48+00:00:

von hagge/devlin (Walden on Lake Conroe and Pine Colony in the top 10 Texas courses for years . . . many other great courses, too)

Randy Heckenkemper (Arizona: Stone RIdge, Sanctuary . . . amazing courses that demonstrate length is not the only shot-value)

Bill Johnson (Arizona: Biltmore Links, Lookout Pointe, Rancho Manana . . . amazing eye for golf in the desert, very entertaining links)

and I feel John Bredemus is often left out of lists of "Old Masters"

walter jose's avatar
walter jose wrote at 2016-03-08 16:10:24+00:00:

Some day I will have the money to pay those green fees of those architects in USA.

Craig Lock's avatar
Craig Lock wrote at 2016-03-08 16:08:52+00:00:

Keith Foster!!!! Steve Smyers! Doug Carrick and Tom McBroom (Canada) Dana Fry and Mike Hurdzan, Clyde Johnston (Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head)

Bob Neptune's avatar
Bob Neptune wrote at 2016-03-08 16:00:23+00:00:

I thought Nick Faldo designed Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert.

Ch's avatar
Ch wrote at 2016-03-08 16:00:06+00:00:

Bobby Weed

Steve T's avatar
Steve T wrote at 2016-03-08 15:58:26+00:00:

Hope to get to play some of these someday. I love discovering hidden gems. Some of my early discoveries were designed by or collaborated with John Fought in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, I have become a big fan and sought out his artistry in AZ, UT, MN and NC. Many different designs that seem to just fit their settings. The one thing they all seem to have in common: I just want to go right back out and play them my book, the most important trait of a great course.

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Jim Deeks wrote at 2016-03-08 15:55:31+00:00:

There are two designers in Canada that most Americans wouldn't know... Donald Carrick and Tom McBroom... but who have both done extraordinary things with our rocky terrain and deep pine forests.

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Scott Martin wrote at 2016-03-08 15:51:39+00:00:

Here in the Carolinas, one name comes up over and over: Russell Breeden. Armed with a couple of bulldozers, he built a number of strategically-sound golf courses in the small towns of North and South Carolina. He also built some at "The Beach." In the Charlotte area, Charlotte National is one of my favorite courses and it's a lot harder than it looks. Breeden's courses are fun and easy to maintain. I think he also built some courses in Virgina, as well.

Ed Murchie's avatar
Ed Murchie wrote at 2016-03-08 15:49:49+00:00:

Ed Ault

None's avatar
None wrote at 2016-03-08 15:45:07+00:00:

How about least favorite?

That would be Brandon Johnson of Palmer

He messed up Spring Island and Wexford

tom burke's avatar
tom burke wrote at 2016-03-08 15:42:39+00:00:

you overlooked William Langford

Mike McKenna's avatar
Mike McKenna wrote at 2016-03-08 15:35:21+00:00:

Your list is missing Tripp Davis.

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