ASGCA Members and their work
Richardson & Associates
"The game of golf was meant to be fun. 'Challenging, but not
too intimidating' has always been our motto. The design must take into
account all types of players and must never forget the bottom line." -
Arthur Jack Snyder
Text from a brochure on the work of Arthur Jack Snyder and Forrest
Richardson (c. 2003)
Values. Innovative Solutions The first golf courses were
nestled among the dunes. Nature decided their form. The golfers
of the day decided their play. There was no grand and ingenious
land plan. No engineering. Certainly, there was no such professional
as 'the golf course architect,' a term we have come to know as
the game has made its way to nearly every corner of the world.
We have come a long way-or have we? As the custodians of the great
game of golf, have we kept our priorities in order? Are the courses
we celebrate today as pure and simple as the linksland from which
the game evolved? Are the golf courses of today fun to play? Moreover,
are they fun to develop, build and promote?
Role of the Golf Architect As golf course architects our
priorities are simple. We hold the game of golf, its traditions
and values close to heart. To us, a golf course represents far
more than the soil and plants that form its appearance. A golf
course is a place to recreate, to share friendships and celebrate
the joys of a challenge. It is a place for the young to discover
the worth of being outdoors, and the young-at-heart to discover
that time does stand still-even if only for a few hours at a time.
In our pursuit of great designs, we remember that golf's unique
playing boards-these one-of-a-kind creations-are living landscapes.
Every golf course project must live up to the forces of nature
and time. The cost of our work does not end on the day it opens.
One must keep an eye toward the future. Toward creating courses
that are efficient-both to build initially, and to maintain for
the long term.
golf course architecture must begin with a purpose. It is said
that our work is part art and part science. This is true. From
early vision to opening day, the golf course architect must bridge
this gap. Our role is to embrace the charm and traditions of golf,
and blend them with new technologies and innovative deign. Success
comes when our creativity brings enjoyment. When the golf is fun.