November 14, 2018

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The seventh annual American Society of Golf Course Architects Design Excellence Recognition Program honorees have been named. Projects from 11 courses have been cited for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges.

Since its creation, the Design Excellence Recognition Program has highlighted the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, from new 18-hole layouts to renovations to new and updated practice facilities.

The 2018 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

The recognized courses are:

“This is an impressive group of golf facilities, and I congratulate them and the architects they worked with on these projects,” ASGCA President Jeff Blume said. “Each year, the Design Excellence Recognition Program illustrates the art and science of golf course architecture that leads to facilities better-serving their communities and golfers. I have so much respect for what is shown in these projects.”

Project goals included reconfiguring the course to resolve community flooding, replacing irrigation, improving drainage and transforming the landscape with native habitat areas and a 40% reduction in managed turf area. More than 450,000 cubic yards of imported topsoil were imported to raise elevations above sea level soil conditions. Permitting involved eight federal, state and local agencies. More than 12 acres of new wetlands were created and integrated to preserved wetlands.
A major component of the redesign was to free up 10 acres of the golf course land for a new public recreation facility, a move that would have cost the City of Palo Alto more than $60 million had the real estate been purchased on the open market. The City’s new golf asset is now financially sustainable, an equally important goal to the environmental objectives set for the project.

elevations of fairways too close to water table.

environmentally-sensitive property golfers dismissed and citizens saw draining tax dollars? The solution was a new 18 holes that preserved floodplain, increased wetlands, restored Oak Savanna, and provided a great strategic and playable challenge for all golfers.

The new course re-captured the golfing constituency with a layout that brought out the

topographic features of the property to provide strategic challenge. The environmentally

sensitive features of the site enhanced that challenge and also gained support of non-playing residents.

The lack of a driving range was not appealing to existing members and public golfers. The golf course needed something to trigger a renaissance to help attract more members and public play. A master plan and construction drawings were developed for two new golf holes in order to create room for a new upscale driving range, new putting and a chipping green.

The range features are designed to look like actual golf holes in order to increase enjoyment when practicing. The range can also be played as actual golf holes when the main range tee is closed. The new range will help attract more golfers especially juniors, women and super seniors to the club.

ASGCA Background

 Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at http://www.asgca.orgor call (262) 786-5960