ASGCA Members and their work
A. Lawrence Packard has sixty years of practical experience in landscape
architecture, site planning and golf course architecture which has
resulted in broad working knowledge of the economical planning of
land areas for human use.
graduation in 1935 from the School of Landscape Architecture at the
University of Massachusetts, Mr. Packard was employed by the U.S.
Department of the Interior, Resettlement Administration on Recreation
Development Projects. He moved into the National Park Service in
1936 on land selection for new park developments on Mt. Desert Island,
Bar Harbor, Maine.
years Mr. Packard gained valuable experince as designer, engineer
and supervisor for a landscape contractor in the Boston metropolitan
area. Following this he worked for a year in the same capacity for
the E.A. McIlhennny Landscape Co., makers of Tobasco sauce, with
office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Houston, Texas.
Mr. Packard went with the U.S. War Department, Corps of Engineers
and was stationed at Westover Field in western Massachusetts. For
four years he had complete charge of all phases of the landscape
work for this $15,000,000 project. During this time Mr. Packard developed
a complete Master Plan and camouflage plan for the entire air base
installation. A major part of work was seeding 1,500 acres of grass.
after the war, Mr. Packard came to the Chicago Park District as designer
and engineer for a multi-million dollar park expansion program. Here,
Mr. Packard worked on site selection and development for new parks
and also on the design aspects of Northerly Island Airstrip and O'Hare
1944, Mr. Packard worked for eight years as chief supervisor and
designer for Chicago golf course architect Robert Bruce Harris. Here
Mr. Packard handled several jobs in various capacities running over
the quarter million dollar mark, including the site planning for
Maine Township High School in Des Plaines and Park Ridge, Illinois,
the Maryknoll College site development in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, the
Janesville, Wisconsin High School site planning and the University
of Iowa golf course, plus numerous golf courses.
the fifty years from the 1950s through the 1990s, Mr. Packard became:
of the American Society of Golf Course Architects
President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects Foundation
Chapter President of the American Society of Landscape Architects
President of the Rotary Club of LaGrange, Illinois
President of Plymouth Place, a LaGrange, Illinois retirement home
Landscape Architect for Plus, Inc., a LaGrange beautification project
for Burlington Railroad
years, Packard has handled more than 250 golf projects ranging from
the redesign of a few holes to the design of four courses for Innisbrook
Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. Two of Innisbrook's courses
have been in Golf Digest's 100 best in the country, as well as the
best in Florida, since 1975.
adheres to long-established design principles and safety considerations
in developing a course, either with or without housing. Only a few
water hazards are used. Good plans and specifications are a must.
Feature articles on Packard courses have appeared in Golf Digest,
Golf Magazine, PGA Magazine, Golfweek, Desert Golf, Wisconsin PGA,
Chicago Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times. The firm's Chicago
office has been managed by Packard's son, Roger, since 1986. Packard
courses are designed so that both men and women will have very pleasant
golfing. Easy pars but difficult birdies!
his retirement in 1990, Mr. Packard has been the designated golf
course architect for the International Executive Service Corps of
Stamford, Connecticut. For them he designed four courses in Guatemala
and five courses in Egypt. He had previously designed two courses
in South Korea and two courses in Venezuela.
has just had his biography published by Airlie Hall Press entitled "Double
Doglegs and Other Hazards", which gives his history and list
of works. Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden, Michigan invited
Mr. Packard for a book signing in June of 2003. He designed this
course forty-five years ago. In November 2002, the Innisbrook Golf
Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida hosted a book signing in celebration
of his ninetieth birthday!
takes great pride and pleasure in the courses he designed and hopes
those who play his and other courses everywhere ............... "ENJOY