One advantage of our vintage was a "gloves off" access to an array of courses by Golden Age architects well before the newborn concept of "restoration". Over the decades, we augmented those field observations with our library of architecture classics, converted the findings into institutional knowledge, and share that wisdom with our friends and clients.  Below is a listing of those designers and their representative clubs with which we've consulted.

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William Flynn

(1890-1944)

Elyria CC

Elyria (OH)

The Country Club

Cleveland (OH)

Hurdzan says: “Flynn’s routings are generally sound, so we usually establish his intended turn points and then adjust the tees backward to allow for longer hitting golfers. We rarely “mess” with a Flynn routing.”

A.W. Tillinghast

(1874-1942)

Hillcrest CC

St. Paul (MN)

Myers Park CC

Charlotte (NC)

Seneca GC

Louisville (KY)

Lakewood CC

Westlake (OH)

Hurdzan says: “Some Tillinghast golf courses got more attention from him than others, and where he cared about the results the bunkering is superb. We rebuild or restore Tilly’s bunkers when it’s appropriate to suit today’s game”

Donald Ross

(1872-1948)

Dennison GC

Granville (OH)

Piqua CC

Piqua (OH)

Burlington CC

Burlington (VT)

Zanesville CC

Zanesville (OH)

Northmoor CC Highland Park (IL)

Athens CC

Athens (OH)

Sunnybrook CC

Plymouth (PA)

Youngstown CC

Youngstown (OH)

Hurdzan says: “A Ross routing rarely should be changed unless there is an issue of safety involved, but his bunkers were fairly bland and usually need visual enhancements. Well-done Ross greens should be copied when rebuilt and not modified much for they are visually superb and strategic in design.”

Tom Bendelow

(1874-1942)

The CC of Indianapolis

Indianapolis (IN)

Audubon CC

Louisville (OH)

Wyoming CC

Wyoming (OH)

Shawnee CC

Lima (OH)

Hurdzan says: “Mr. Bendelow’s work was pretty basic—sound, but basic, for he was working in a time when economy in golf courses was most important. Today, we try to accent his basic strategies with some more modern styles of bunkers and hazard integration into target areas.”

St. Lawrence University

Canton (NY)

Wheatley Hills CC

East Williston (NY)

Devereux Emmet

(1862-1934)

Hurdzan says: “Except for a decade or so, Mr. Emmet was designing in times of economic stress, and it was reflected in his work. Today on Emmet courses we try to focus on drainage, removing unwanted and misplaced trees and enhancing that old, simple bunker style”

Willie Park, Jr.

(1864-1925)

Hurdzan says: “If there was a genius in golf it was Willie Park Jr., who so thoroughly understood the game that one is reluctant to change anything except soften the contours of some greens, improve drainage, remove useless bunkers and spotlight the good ones”

Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club

Ottawa (CANADA)

CC of Ashland

Ashland (OH)

Highland G&CC

Indianapolis (IN)

Midland Hills CC

St. Paul (MN)

Camargo CC

Cincinatti (OH)

Seth Raynor

(1862-1934)

Hurdzan says: “On a good natural site Raynor’s work is near flawless except for some greens being too small for today’s play and too steep for today’s green speeds. Our goal is to recreate his strategic intent by modern placement of bunkers to allow for longer hitting golf equipment”

C.H. Alison

(1883-1952)

Westwood CC

Westlake (OH)

Hurdzan says: “Alison was awesome. Unfortunately, many of his greens are a bit severe for today’s green speeds, and he was somewhat conservative with bunkers on certain projects. We try to preserve as much Alison as we can”

Beechmont CC

Beechmont (OH)

Chagrin Valley GC

Chagrin Falls (OH)

Stanley Thompson

(1893-1953)

Hurdzan says: “Thompson was a master at bunkering and set the example that influenced others like MacKenzie. Stanley was not afraid to tackle tough sites, and today on rolling terrain sightlines need adjustment and greens rebuilt to softer slopes. The bunkers are great but need refreshing”

Alister MacKenzie, M.D.

(1870-1934)

Ohio State University GC

Upper Arlington (OH)

Hurdzan says: “Everyone’s favorite designer, but often his greens are too severe for today’s green speed and need to be softened. Restoring MacKenzie bunkers makes perfect sense but unfortunately some folks have overdone it and need to be made smaller”

Cincinnati CC

Cincinatti (OH)

Shorehaven CC

Chagrin Falls (OH)

Robert White

(1874-1959)

Hurdzan says: “White was not afraid of producing “controversial” holes that today only need some softening and refinement, but otherwise his routing and bunkering was spot on”

NCR CC

Kettering (OH)

Dick Wilson

(1904-1961)

Hurdzan says: “Wilson had a “Florida style” which was to elevate greens 6-8 feet in the air, provide narrow openings between front bunkers, and often used back or retaining bunkers. In many instances, his work is a bit too steep or severe for today’s golfers and needs to be mellowed out.”

Moraine CC

Kettering (OH)

Alex "Nipper" Campbell

(1879-1942)

Hurdzan says: “Campbell’s work was solid but a bit plain, so adding a few bunkers can greatly improve his basic design”

Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

(1906-2000)

Champions GC

Columbus (OH)

London Hunt & CC

London (CANADA)

Birnam Wood GC

Santa Barbara (CA)

Speidel GC

Wheeling (WVa)

Hurdzan says: “Jones was “da man” for decades and he mass-produced a great number of golf courses that can be improved by breaking up his “runway” tees into separate tees and reducing the size of some bunkers. Otherwise his courses need little else”

CC of Scranton

Clarks Summit (PA)

Walter Travis

(1862-1927)

Hurdzan says: “Walter Travis golf courses are usually distinguished by his green designs that tended to isolate quadrants or different-sized target areas within the putting surface. This is the same philosophy we have in designing greens, so we would make every effort to duplicate or save a Travis green in its native form.”

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