"Golf course architect" is in the running for "world's coolest job." In this episode, Golf Advisor writers Brad Klein and Tim Gavrich sit down with American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) members Jeff Blume and Jan Bel Jan to discuss the evolution of golf course design as a business and an art form.
Blume, a Texan and current ASGCA President, is knowledgeable both in protecting golf courses from the fury of hurricanes and using golf courses to divert storm waters away from residential neighborhoods. Bel Jan, the Society's Vice President, is one of a small handful of women in the profession, and has a fascinating backstory of her own.
Some highlights from the episode:
Blume explains how golf courses can be useful in diverting flood waters from horrific storms like Hurricane Harvey, which ravaged parts of Houston in 2017.
Bel Jan, a member of a large family with deep connections to golf, reflects on forging her own way in a male-dominated industry.
Blume shares his experiences of building and renovating golf courses for different branches of the military.
Bel Jan discusses her role in making sure golf courses are compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.