What Is A Golf Course Architect?
A Golf Architect is someone with a background in landscape architecture who is deeply knowledgeable when it comes to the game of golf and chooses to design golf courses. This is a position that not only requires the insight of someone who understands the needs of golfers and golf course owners, but also, someone that can work within the confines of a budget to make a golf course not only beautiful, but functional and profitable, as well.
Jeffrey D. Brauer
At the age of 12, Jeffrey D. Brauer, joined a neighbor to play Golf at the Medinah Country Club located in the greater Chicago area and discovered his passion for masterfully designed golf courses. Ambitious and career oriented, even at such a young age, Brauer pursued advice from local golf course architects on how to turn his passion into a career. He chose to adapt his high school and college course load to assist him in achieving his goal of designing golf courses. He took summer jobs working for landscapers, where his knowledge of landscaping materials and their functions began. In addition to working for landscapers, Brauer also took jobs doing maintenance on golf courses, becoming more familiar with their designs.
From 1977 to 1984, Brauer apprenticed under golf course architects Killian and Nugent. His first project was working on Kemper Lakes Golf Club, a private country club, located in Ela Township, Lake County, outside Kildeer, Illinois, a suburb northwest of Chicago. Shortly after working on this course, Kemper Lakes hosted the 1989 U.S. PGA Championship.
In 1984, Brauer relocated to Arlington, Texas and formed Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes. He has been skillfully providing comprehensive and highly acclaimed golf course designs since. His portfolio includes over 50 new courses and dozens of renovations that keep him at the forefront of desired designers for new courses, reconstruction and renovation projects.
Award Winning Golf Courses
Several of Jeffrey D. Brauer’s courses have received awards and have been acclaimed throughout the golfing community.