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By Design


t’s a common scenario: a change

to the golf course is required,

or has been proposed, and the

superintendent is asked to handle

it themselves. But even for small

projects, partnering with a golf course

architect can reap many rewards.

Jeffrey Brauer, ASGCA Past

President, highlights the broad

perspective that a golf course

architect can offer: “Typically,

superintendents design for

maintenance, contractors design

for construction ease, and members

design for their own games. Golf

course architects design from all

perspectives, and have the skills to

bring it together with appropriate


On average, ASGCA members have

almost 30 years’ experience and have

been involved with nearly 150 projects.

This wealth of experience means

that they will often have previously

addressed, multiple times, issues that a

golf club may face only once.

“It is not often that there is an

emergency on a golf course, but

one client encountered a situation

recently that required immediate

attention,” explains Scot Sherman,

ASGCA, of Greenville, South

Carolina. “A bridge crossing one of

their lakes had become very unsafe.

Having worked with many talented

bridge builders in the past, I knew

what to construct. Despite there

being no specialist bridge builders

available in the area and timeframe

required, I was able to work alongside

a commercial building contractor

who was working on another project

on the site to create a solution.”

Sherman, the contractor and club

collaborated and in six working

days they designed, constructed and

opened the new bridge, spanning 50

feet across the lake.

“Our years of experience with

all kinds of design solutions have

prepared us to address every detail

of a golf course, no matter what the

situation,” concludes Sherman.

Throughout North America there

are ASGCA members who conduct

the majority of their business

regionally—this proximity enables

them to offer a great service, even for

small projects.

“I had a client that just wanted

to add one sand bunker and one

forward tee. But they couldn’t agree

where to put them, so they gave me

a call. I had another appointment

nearby so it was easy for me to call in

and take a look,” says Stephen Kay,

ASGCA, who is based in New Jersey

and has worked for more than 300

clubs, primarily in the Northeast.

“The original plan for the bunker

would have put it on the main

irrigation line, so it needed to be

moved, up to 20 yards one way or the

other. And that would then impact

the placement of the forward tee.

“In addition to making sure

the work went smoothly and on

budget, one great benefit to the

club was having someone to take

final responsibility for the decision.

It gave them confidence that they

were making the correct choice, and

Small projects



The wise decision


With more and more small renovation projects taking place

at courses, golf course superintendents are working in concert

with ASGCA members to ensure a project’s success

Our years of experience

with all kinds of design solutions

have prepared us to address

every detail of a golf course, no

matter what the situation

Whatever you move on a

golf course, there are safety

issues and a standard of care

to consider

Hiring an architect is not

as expensive as many perceive

Scot Sherman,


Stephen Kay,


John Sanford,