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Golf course architecture is an art form and as time has evolved it has come full circle; back to it's beginnings.  The trend is toward minimalism and traditional Scottish designs. Our belief is that the best golf courses are 'found", rather than "contrived".

After visiting, studying hundreds of designs, the collage that fits my philosophy includes many well-known traditional Scottish designs,   such as, St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch, Turnberry, Royal Aberdeen, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

The foremost American golf course using similar  design philosophy is Pine Valley, by George Crump.  Another having some of the very unique design features  is Myopia Hunt Club.  Now,  fast forward to recent times, and Prairie Dunes, Sand Hills, Ballyneal, Terradyne all have come upon the American golf scene in true minimalist and traditional Scottish design, style.

Some of the past golf course designers that have strongly influenced my perspective are: Old Tom Morris, James Braid, George Crump, Allister McKenzie, Herbert Leeds, and A.W. Tillinghast.  In more recent times, Perry Maxwell, Jack Nicklaus, the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Tom Doak, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye all have made lasting impressions on my golf course design philosophy.

A golf course on a great piece of property, in a great location, is of course important.  In my experience, to be true to the roots of the game, the golf course must be created with a non-contrived minimalist design that promotes the values of the game of golf.  The game was meant to emulate in the player nine core values of life:  sportsmanship, respect, honesty, courtesy, integrity, responsibility, confidence, judgment, and perseverance. These values are enhanced when a course is created that promotes tranquility, and  being one with nature.

The game of golf has withstood several hundred years of time and those of us who respect this, will continue to work toward it's original intent.  So should we look at golf as extracting the best from us.  This is the goal I seek when designing or redesigning any golf course.    I continually strive to extract the best golfing experience from the landscape without comprising nature's dynamic plan.

In my years of observing, studying, operating and maintaining golf courses many design flaws have stood out, both aesthetic and functional. That knowledge guides my work even more so on your project.

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