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he ASGCA has revealed its Design

Excellence Recognition Program

recipients for 2015.

Projects from nine U.S. courses have

been recognised for their work with

ASGCA members in addressing unique

design challenges.

The Design Excellence Recognition

Program was created in 2012, with each

annual list highlighting the innovation

and problem-solving skills necessary for

today’s golf course design work.

The 2015 nominations (see right) 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.

“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 President Steve Smyers, ASGCA. “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



Nine clubs cited for design excellence

Design Excellence Recognition Program

Blume oversees

Pearland project

The second phase of

a renovation project at

Pearland Golf Club,

Pearland, Texas, has

been completed. Golf

course architect Jeff Blume,

ASGCA, has overseen the

work, which involved the

development of new greens,

bunkers and tee boxes.

New course for

Michigan casino

A new course is to be

built at the Island Resort &

Casino in Harris, Michigan.

It has been designed by

Paul Albanese, ASGCA,

of Albanese & Lutzke and

will be his second course

at the resort, which is

owned and operated by

the Hannahville Indian


Work completed at

Cypress Head

The course at Cypress

Head Golf Club in Port

Orange, Florida, has

reopened following a

renovation project led by

Mike Dasher, ASGCA.

Renovation complete at

Sawgrass CC

Sawgrass Country Club in

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

has completed a 27-hole

renovation project. The

club worked with Robert

Walker, ASGCA, on the

project, which included

improvements to fairways,

tees, bunkers, bridges,

drainage and irrigation.


2015 Design Excellence Recipients

Atlantic Beach Country Club

Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Erik Larsen, ASGCA

Birnam Wood Golf Clu


Santa Barbara, Calif.

Dr. Michael

Hurdzan, ASGCA Fellow

Glenview Park Golf Club

Glenview, Ill.

Rick Jacobson, ASGCA

Griffith Park Golf Course

City of Los Angeles, Calif.

Forrest Richardson, ASGCA

Independence Golf Club

Midlothian, Va.

Lester George, ASGCA

The Lochmoor Club

Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

Paul Albanese, ASGCA

Oaks Country Club

Tulsa, Okla.

Bill Bergin, ASGCA Associate

The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Wyoming, R.I.

Robert McNeil, ASGCA

Rockwind Community Links

Hobbs, N.M.

Andy Staples, ASGCA

A special edition of

By Design


of all nine projects will be available in

February 2016

Best new courses

ASGCA members on ‘Best New’ list


rojects involving members of ASGCA

have dominated a recently released

‘Best New Courses’ list.

Compiled by

Golf Digest

, eight of the

10 featured courses for 2015 have been

designed by members of ASGCA.

The list includes Cabot Cliffs in

Inverness, Nova Scotia, Trump Golf Links

Ferry Point in New York and the Full Cry

course at Keswick Golf Club in Keswick,

Virginia. Of the 10 projects listed in the

publication’s 2015 remodel of the year, six

involved ASGCA members.


to view the full list

The Full Cry course at Keswick Golf Club