Having first learned the golf business from the construction end, then the maintenance and operational ends, great insight was gained in my initial decade in golf. Leading several “In-House" projects, the passion to design kept growing for me.
The strengths and weaknesses of any golf course design begin to make themselves obvious. During a management position at a private, men only golf club (at that time a PGA Tour venue) the ability to see the aesthetics of the land masses, and the way they could flow to improve the golf experience became even stronger.
Locally Sourced Stone Used For Retaining Wall
I then applied this insight by developing a radically innovative and new designed golf course, with the business posture of a private, rural golf retreat. After playing on this course, some golfers compared this experience to ones they had at a Nicklaus designed golf course. (The course actually emulated Pine Valley, usually voted in the TOP 10 in annual golf course designs, as much as any) This design pulled together sea coast links style golf courses and highland style golf courses in a "lay of the land" minimalist fashion. In modern design, Minimalist design is gaining much popularity.
My golf career has now spanned four plus decades. With countless hours of study, and reviewing hundreds of golf courses, I then visited that many more. After "digging it out of the dirt" as Hogan would have said, I've seen the potential of a golf course design and how to create more aesthetic, natural golf venues.
Unlike many of my contemporaries, I make no claims to have designed hundreds of golf courses. I prefer to design, construct and stay with a course until it is up and operating. This requires a wholly different type of commitment, leading to a better end result. Nor do I claim to have worked with any major golf course architect from the time Moby Dick was a minnow! After selling Hickory Ridge golf course, I soon realized I still had a great deal of creativity and common sense to give to the grand game!
Merion Golf Club, PA
Pictured above is Merion Golf Club in Pennislyviana - Another minimlist design example. The course was designed by Hugh Wilson in 1912 and was inspired by his travels in Scotland the months prior. After canceling his home ticket on the Titanic, he stayed a few months to tour and play several courses and gleam ideas for his commision to design Merion. Note - the distinctive red wicker baskets which replace the traditional golf flags at Merion. A little known fact, Hugh Wilson also finished the last four holes of Pine Valley for architect George Crump after his untimely death in 1918.
Green Grass - Golf’s #1 Asset
Golf Course Presentation and Perception Experience
Land clearing with heavy equipment.
Management Experience - The Course Is A Business
Golf car fleet lease/purchase, and maintenance.
Junior Golf - Program head instructor.
Golf instructor for adults & juveniles.
JD Hart’s experience was developed from actual hands-on work at the following types of facilities - An 18 hole new municipal golf course, a 18 hole private mens only golf club and an all-inclusive self-owned, self-designed and constructed private golf retreat for personal and business golf events.
Not just another consultant - JD Hart is a Real World Actual Golf Industry Professional.