Dr. Michael Hurdzan has been honored many times over the years, but receiving the American Society of Golf Course Architect’s highest honor, the 2007 Donald Ross Award may be his crowning achievement. Past recipients of this prestigious award include, Gene Sarazen, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Pete Dye, Herbert Warren Wind, Frank Hannigan, and other “giants” of the industry. He has also been presented with the Donald A. Rossi Award by the Golf Course Builders Association of America for distinguished contributions to his profession; he was Golf World Magazine’s “Architect of the Year;” and The Board Room Magazine’s selection for that same honor twice. Dr. Hurdzan is an internationally recognized authority on golf course environmental issues. The International Network of Golf awarded Mike and his partner Dana Fry industry honors for Achievement in Golf Course Design for their many creative and playable designs.
Dr. Hurdzan studied turf management at Ohio State University and earned a Masters degree in landscape architecture and a Ph.D. in environmental plant physiology from the University of Vermont. Dr. Hurdzan is extremely active in serving his profession and industry. He teaches a seminar for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, (GCSAA) on “Golf Greens: Theory, Design, Construction and Maintenance,” in addition is a past instructor of “Environmental Impacts of Golf Courses” for the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a Golf Digest panelist for their environmental awards program, and a steering committee member for the “Golf and Environment” conferences. He is a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), current chairman of the history committee, and a member of the Past President’s Council. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Dr. Hurdzan is also a USGA committee member for the Green Section Construction Education Committee and the Architectural Archive Committee.
Some reviewers are heralding Dr. Hurdzan’s book, Golf Course Architecture: Evolutions in Design, Construction, and Restoration Technology 2nd Edition, as “the modern bible of golf course design.” He is also the author of GOLF GREENS History, Design, and Construction. Dr. Hurdzan’s approach to the book was to look at the past 100 years of history and evolution of golf greens, how scientific investigations have influenced their construction, the intent of the golf course architect when designing a green, and how design and construction influence maintenance practices. He authored “Building a Practical Golf Facility: A Step-by-Step Guide to Realizing a Dream,” published by ASGCA and endorsed by the GCSAA, GCBAA, PGA Tour, PGA and USGA. And with co-author Geoffrey Cornish he wrote “Golf Course Design - an annotated bibliography with highlights of its history and resources.”
Dr. Michael Hurdzan’s impressive credentials led GOLF DIGEST architecture editor Ron Whitten to write, "he has taken a place among the best in the world now. But more than that, Michael Hurdzan offers what only a precious few golf course architects can offer, a considerable measure of genius, built upon immense technical knowledge and experience, coupled with an enduring love of the game."Website:http://www.hurdzanfry.com/Areas of expertise:Facility Design & Architecture
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Date: 07 Jan 2011 - 12:21 Subject: Fan comment for Course Design for Reduced Inputs Thank you for the article, Mr. Hurdzan. One of the first books I ever read about golf course design was your hardcover "Golf Course Architecture". Reading your book about 8-9 years ago really shaped my outlook before I headed off to college to study landscape architecture. I would be exaggerating a little bit when I say that I shudder every time I see Augusta National and think about the environmental impact that "the Augusta effect" has had on golf as a whole, but I think you understand what I mean. I hope to someday be involved with the golf industry, however that goal appears to carry a long "wait-it-out" period right now. I hope to gain knowledge and experience in sustainable practices, and other various renovation methods, in order to continue to prepare myself for when a design opportunity arises.
If it would not be too much trouble, I would like to ask you if you would be willing to offer me advice? Or serve as someone that could mentor me? As I look for ways to stay connected to the golf course design industry and further my skill set through related opportunities.
I believe, as I'm sure you do as well, that the economy will rebound, can't say when or how but one day it will, and when it does golf course construction will rebound. But I also believe that the industry will be forced to revolutionize due to the increasing regulatory restrictions, resource scarcities, and environmental limitations, otherwise the next bust in the golf course construction industry will come sooner than later. Even though there are many stressors that are significantly impacting the viability of the golf industry right now, I believe the green space, environmental, and recreational amenities that a golf course can offer to a community are incredibly underutilized at this time. I thank you for being arguably the top advocate on this issue.
I hope to have discussions in the future with you regarding the state of golf course design and again, if you can offer any advice to me, or mentorship opportunities, I would be most appreciative.