ASGCA Members and their work
Hills & Forrest, International Golf Course Architects
I think my design philosophy comes from a very
traditional or historic approach to the game. I have always admired
the more traditional courses like Pinehurst #2, Shinnecock Hills,
Cypress Point, Prairie Dunes, Seminole, Merion and Inverness.
try to build a course that is natural, that relates very carefully
to the land and doesn't require a tremendous amount of earth moving,
always keeping in mind the strategy of the game and the elements
that provide beauty in a golf course -- textures and colors, shadowing
of the elements which we try to incorporate into our courses are
multiple tee areas, so that golfers of any caliber can comfortably
play the course; variety, in terms of shot values and angles; interesting
grasses and plants; gently plateaued greens; water, when available
and appropriate; and views and vistas (when possible, a view of the
entire hole from the tee). All these subtleties help us build a fair
and balanced course which is both aesthetically pleasing and strategically
goal is to be responsive to our clients' needs and design a course
which exceeds their expectations, not in terms of difficulty, but
in beauty, preservation of natural features, strategic design, quality
of construction and ease of maintenance.
always strive to design as good a golf course as we can, every time
we have the opportunity.