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Giant’s Ridge Continues Attracting Attention in 2019

Giant's Ridge Continues Attracting Attention in 2019 It is 2019, and Giants Ridge is still one of the hottest golfing destinations in North America. Receiving high online praise and attracting the attention of the “giants” in the golfing world, this course still maintains its place as one of the most relevant and sought after public courses in Minnesota. Recently featured by, “Have You Herd?” Giants ...
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Feed The Ball Podcast Features Golf Architect Jeffrey D. Brauer

Feed The Ball Podcast Features Golf Architect Jeffrey D. Brauer Since the late 1970s, golf architect Jeffrey D. Brauer has been designing, renovating, and building golf courses all across the country. Getting his start working under Dick Nugen and Ken Killian in Chicago, Brauer’s foundation for design has an evident tie to the previous generation. His goal is to always combine old school designs with ...
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Jeffrey D. Brauer Explains Using Water Features Wisely

Jeffrey D. Brauer Explains Using Water Features Wisel The Wilderness at Fortune Bay in Tower, MN Architecturally, diagonal, lateral or crossing streams are attractive and effective hazards. The courses I played in my youth, or saw on television, usually featured babbling brooks. Holes like Merion East No. 11, with its green perched on a rock wall just above a stream, exude charm. Placed carefully adjacent ...
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The Grand Reopening of Tuckaway Country Club

Remodeling Your Course With Jeffrey D. Brauer

Remodeling Your Course With Jeffrey D. BrauerGolf courses are long term investments that require regular maintenance and management to stay profitable and maintain interesting to players. If you notice your course has become outdated, or are struggling to engage as many players as you would like- it may be time to team up with a professional ASGCA golf architect, such as Jeffrey D. Brauer to ...
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Remodeling Your Course For Sustainability

Remodeling Your Course For Sustainability Golf courses are long term investments that can remain lucrative and sustainable if they are willing to evolve with the demands and needs of their environment, budget, and communities. To have a lasting design that can adapt as needed to these needs, it is best to work with an ASGCA certified golf architect. ASGCA members have specialized knowledge they apply ...
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Brauer Courses Make Top 100 Resort List

Brauer Courses Make Top 100 Resort ListEvery year, Golf Magazine ranks different public and private golf courses throughout the country. Being recognized by this publication is always a great honor for golf course owners and designers alike. Last month, Golf magazine released their top 100 resorts for golfing in 2019 and two Jeffrey D. Brauer designs, Giant’s Ridge and Omni La Costa, made the list! ...
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Top Golf Architect in the South

Top Golf Architect in the SouthFor years, Jeffrey D. Brauer has been building a reputation as one of the best golf architects in the United States. He is an ASGCA certified golf architect, meaning he has proven a level of excellence that translates into superior course design. All ASGCA members are put through rigorous training and education before being accepted as members. The standard of ...
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Brauer’s Designs In The Press Again

Getting recognition for superior golf course design is nothing new to Jeffrey D. Brauer. Most recently, the online publication, “Explore Minnesota Golf” has spotlighted not one, but 3 of Jeffrey D. Brauer’s designs as the top three golf courses in the state. These courses are noted as being three of the toughest courses in Northern Minnesota. Each course is known for its unique terrain and ...
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MSN Praises Firekeeper in Kansas

Highlights of Golf Course Design by Jeffrey D. Brauer Located in Mayetta, Kansas, Firekeeper Golf Course has received much welcomed attention for its outstanding design and playability since first opening in 2011. Covering 7,560 yards of premium Kansas real estate, there is much to be attracted to with this golf course.This highly renowned course is the result of a collaboration between Jeffrey D. Brauer and ...
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The Grand Reopening of Tuckaway Country Club

The Grand Reopening of Tuckaway Country Club

The Grand Reopening of Tuckaway Country ClubAttended the grand – re-opening event of Tuckaway Country Club, Franklin, WI yesterday. Course underwent $3.2 Million targeted renovation including new irrigation, drainage, tees and sand bunkers.Tee extensions were a major focus. We added a new set of forward tees on every hole, reducing the shortest length from 5878 to 4587 and added several new back tees extending championship ...
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Highlights of Golf Course Design by Jeffrey D. Brauer

Highlights of Golf Course Design by Jeffrey D. BrauerFor several decades, Jeffrey D. Brauer has been making a name for himself as one of the top golf architects in America. In this time, he has been working on golf course renovations and new golf courses that have been recognized throughout the golfing community for their exceptional designs and efficient playability. This article will explore some ...
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Selecting An ASGCA Golf Architect

Selecting An ASGCA Golf ArchitectChoosing the right golf arhitect for your course is an extremely important task that should not be taken lightly. This is because every course an architect designs will be a direct reflection of their own training and experience in design. In order to become an ASGCA certified golf architect, candidates must prove they have achieved a level of excellence that translates ...
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Top Golf Courses Designed by Jeffrey Brauer

Top Golf Courses Designed by Jeffrey BrauerJeffrey D. Brauer has been bringing excellent designs to the world of golf for over 30 years.He has been a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects since 1981, serving as President during its 50th Anniversary year in 1995-1996. Brauer gives many industry presentations and is a regular architecture columnist for Golf Course Industry.He has left his mark ...
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Iron Horse Golf Course Renovation

Iron Horse Golf Course Renovation

Iron Horse Golf Course RenovationARLINGTON, Texas (May 23, 2019) – Golf architect Jeffrey D. Brauer will get to sleep in his own bed each night while working on the renovation of Iron Horse Golf Course in the City of North Richland Hills, Texas, which is close to his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.The City of North Richland Hills has contracted Brauer and his firm, ...
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The Design Philosophy of Building a Sustainable Golf Course

The Design Philosophy of Building a Sustainable Golf Course Jeffrey D. Brauer, ASGCA announces the renovation of Iron Horse Golf Course in the City of North Richland Hills, Texas. Texas is not foreign territory to the awarding-winning architect.  He recently completed the design and construction of Tempest Golf Course in Gladewater, TX. In 2004, Brauer fully renovated Indian Creek Golf course in Carrollton, Tx. The ...
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Top Praise for Golf Courses Quarry and The Legends at Giants Ridge

Top Praise for Golf Courses Quarry and The Legends at Giants RidgeDesigned by Jeffrey D. Brauer D. Brauer, ASGCASince their completion both The Quarry and The Legends at Giants Ridge have received tremendous accolades from the golf community’s most prestigious organizations and publications. The courses’ architect, Jeffrey D. Brauer, ASGCA believes each course is unique, provides great play. Recently, online magazine “The Golf Wire” listed ...
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Does Renovating a Municipal Golf Course Pay Off?

Does Renovating a Municipal Golf Course Pay Off?Due to the popularity of golf over the course of the last 15 years, there’s now a growing trend to upgrade or renovate municipal golf courses. Cities have recognized the impact of golf and many with old failing centers are now deciding to invest in the area. The growing question for city planners and other leadership is how ...
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What it takes to build a successful Golf Course

What it takes to build a successful Golf CourseGolf Course Architect Jeffrey D Brauer has spent decades in the business of Golf Course design and construction. Never allowing tough terrain or outdated design to dissuade or limit his enthusiasm for what he could plan and design. His focus was about creating playable courses for all to enjoy. Consistently building award winning golf courses takes extraordinary ...
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Trusted and Respected Golf Course Architect

Trusted and Respected Golf Course ArchitectJeffrey D Brauer’s, ASGCA awarding winning golf courses has surmounted an outstanding number of honors throughout the golf industry. Mr. Brauer’s amazing talent as a golf course architect has reigned over 40 years in the industry. Golf Course critics, writers, pro-players and enthusiasts all concur the brilliance of Mr. Brauer’s designs. What makes Mr. Brauer ultimately unique, is his ability ...
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A golf industry Power Player

A golf industry Power Player Jeffrey D. Brauer has contributed decades of successful and award winning golf course designs. E Nolan of teetimespress.com presents A “Golf Profile Series” titled “Power Player”. Nolan chronicles the story of Jeffrey D. Brauer’s hard work, amazing talent, and determination. Mr. Nolan writes “Jeff Brauer belongs in the conversation on elite golf architects with legends of yesterday like Mike Strantz ...
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The Quarry at Giants Ridge Golf Course Reigns as one America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses

The Quarry at Giants Ridge Golf Course Reigns as one America’s Greatest Public Golf CoursesThe Quarry at Giants Ridge Golf Course in Biwabik, Minnesota is an awarding winning project of golf course designer Jeffrey D Brauer. Since it’s completion the in 1998, the Quarry has won distinctive honors from golf’s most prestigious entities. For over a decade the Quarry has won the honor of being ...
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Vacation Golf Courses by Jeffrey D. Brauer Ranked In Top 50

Vacation Golf Courses by Jeffrey D. Brauer Ranked In Top 50 Golfing is becoming one of America’s new loves for family vacation activities. Golfing Magazines continue to report some of the most amazing golf courses as family vacation destinations. In our most recent blog we discussed, La Costa Champions redesign by Golf Course Architect Jeffrey Brauer, as one of the top ten golfing vacation destinations ...
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Golfing Vacations for Family Fun

Golfing Vacations for Family Fun In a recent blog post, we discussed how golf courses impact communities. We concluded with the confirmed benefit that golf courses provide enhancement to communities and the lives of the people who live there. At first glace golf appears to be a solitary sport. However, as many families have found, it is the ideal sport that combines nature, sport and ...
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How Does a Golf Course Benefit a Community?

How Does a Golf Course Benefit a Community When a new community is planned with a golf course. Most feel it’s only for the elite or a commercial venture for capitalistic mind developers who want the greatest profit from the development. In fact, golf course communities are designed with inclusion in mind. Public golf courses include the entire family. They are community centered, eco friendly, ...
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Creative Freedom or Not!

Creative Freedom or Not! In golf course design the architect is given a multitude of tasks and responsibilities for the overall design, construction and management of the project. Much has been assumed regarding who actually has creative freedom of the design. In the winter edition of By Design Magazine, writer Richard Humphreys proposed the question to ASGCA members, “Are golf course architects ever allowed to ...
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Hiring A Golf Architect

Hiring A Golf Architect

Hiring A Golf ArchitectWhat We Do When it comes to golf everyone can agree, an excellent design goes a long way to creating the ideal game of golf. So many details go into planning the perfect design because not only do architects have to focus on making the course gorgeous, it also must be playable and smart. Jeffrey D. Brauer is a member and past ...
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East Texas Golf as it was meant to be

East Texas Golf as it was meant to be!

East Texas Golf as it was meant to be! Although rain was predicted, the sun shined on the grand opening tournament for Tempest Golf Club, in Gladewater, TX. With the opening blessing from an Irish priest, followed by a shotgun tournament, Tempest Golf Club ushered in a new era of golf in East Texas. Set on a spectacular piece of property, and designed by Jeffrey ...
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Design Excellence

Design Excellence Jeffrey D. Brauer is a veteran golf course architect responsible for more than 50 new courses and more than 100 renovations. A member and past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, he is president of Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes in Arlington, Texas. Over the course of his career, Jeffrey D. Brauer’s superior courses have been spotlighted and awarded for their excellent ...
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Why Choose An ASGCA Member For Your Golf Course

Why Choose An ASGCA Member For Your Golf CourseIt is an honor to be a member of the ASGCA. This is because a membership with the American Society of Golf Architects signifies that the golf architect has proven that they have acquired in depth training, experience, and completed enough successful projects, they are now considered an expert when it comes to golf course design and ...
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When To Renovate Your Course

When To Renovate Your CourseHow long has it been since you have updated or made any significant improvements to your golf course? Is it acceptable and smart to continue maintaining your golf course in its current state? Or is it possible your course has become outdated?Choosing to renovate your golf course is no small decision, but how do you know when your course needs a ...
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How To Choose A Golf Architect

How To Choose A Golf Architect Whether you have a newly developed golf course or a revamped, renovated course, when it is professionally designed it will be a strong representation of the golf architect who designed it. Jeffrey D. Brauer is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The architects of ASGCA work closely with their clients to ensure they are getting ...
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Texas Golf Architects

Texas Golf ArchitectsTexas is a massive state that loves to boast about the fact that here, “Everything is bigger!” This catchy little saying is adored worldwide, and when it comes to golf, it is especially true! Throughout the state of Texas we have hundreds of premium golf courses. Many of these courses have been spotlighted on a national level for their gorgeous, high quality and ...
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Tips for a Successful Remodel

Tips for a Successful RemodelIs your golf course outdated? Are you noticing less traffic coming through to enjoy your greens? Or are you just ready for something new? Whatever the case surrounding your desire to renovate your golf course is, Jeffrey D. Brauer is here to help get you the course of your dreams. Below are some tips for planning a successful golf course renovation:Evaluate ...
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Golf Course Routing

Golf Course RoutingA huge factor that determines the quality of a golf course is the routing. When you have a poorly routed hole, the entire experience of that hole will suffer. Whenever you build a course and misplace or leave out important features, such as a practice area, will remain misplaced or left out until a renovation occurs and will cost you more than including ...
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Natural Disasters and Golf Course Design

Natural Disasters and Golf Course Design Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of living on this planet. Whether you live in an area that is known for destructive tornadoes, live along the Gulf where hurricanes pose very real threats to our properties and safety, or just happen to live somewhere that has a year with enough rainfall to cause a flood, we all know how ...
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Looking At The Details

Looking At The DetailsWith nearly 40 years of golf architectural design behind him, Jeffrey D. Brauer believes the importance of high functioning greens, relies on more than just a well-functioning green. The integrity of the design also relies heavily on proper construction methods, as well as detail design of cart path, drainage and irrigation design. Cart Path:-While concrete is more expensive than asphalt, it seems ...
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Superior National Renovation Perfection

Superior National Renovation PerfectionLocated in Cook County, Minnesota, Superior National is a great example of how renovating a course can go a long way to creating a fresh and exciting new experience, with improved functionality. Golf Architect, Jeffrey D. Brauer, took on the task of refining both the River 9 and Canyon 9, bringing 18-holes of unforgettable golfing! Each course posed its own set of ...
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How Remodeling The Course Can Help You

How Remodeling The Course Can Help YouKeep Up With Evolving TastesDo you remember when acid wash jeans and mullets were cool? Just like with fashion, tastes change when it comes to golfing. Working with an experienced Golf Architect, such as Jeffrey D. Brauer, goes a long way to ensuring you are keeping up with the times, while also maintaining a fully functional, and profitable golf ...
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Tips To Stay Hydrated On The Course

Tips To Stay Hydrated On The Course

Tips To Stay Hydrated On The Course We all know the importance of staying hydrated. Did you know it is not only important for your health, it also affects your performance on the golf course? Below are a list of tips for you to keep in mind that will help keep you hydrated on the golf course: Drink Water: This seems like the most obvious ...
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Tips To Reduce Water Usage On A Golf Course

Tips To Reduce Water Usage On A Golf Course

Tips To Reduce Water Usage On A Golf CourseIt is no secret that golf courses require lots of resources in order to keep them healthy and green. One of the main resources that are used while maintaining a golf course is water. Water conservation is an important practice that saves you money, helps the environment, and can help get you through dry times. Below are ...
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The Business of Remodeling

The Business of Remodeling

The Business of RemodelingKnowing When The Right Time To Remodel IsWithout regular maintenance or changes, even the best golf courses can become outdated, irrelevant, and rundown. This can lead to the club struggling to keep the interest of even the most loyal golfers. But how do you know when the right time to remodel is? There are many different influencing factors that go into deciding ...
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Reasons to Renovate Your Golf Course

Reasons to Renovate Your Golf CourseIn order to have a successful and long lasting golf course, you must always protect your key resource- the course itself. In order to keep any business relevant you have to be willing and able to continuously reinvest and renovate to accommodate the times and keep your clients loyal and interested in your particular course. This is not as difficult ...
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Sustainability in Course Design

SustainabilityWhat is golf course sustainability?These day when it comes to designing a modern golf course, you must ensure you are doing so with sustainability in mind. Sustainability has many facets, environmental, economical, and social. These important influencing factors must be taken into account in order to design a successful and lasting course.Below we will explore these categories of sustainability and why they are important to ...
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What Does A Golf Architect Do

What Does A Golf Architect Do

What Does A Golf Architect Do?If you are a property developer looking to create a brand new golf course, or are looking to grow or renovate the layout of an already established golf course, you will be faced with many decisions along the way. One of the absolute most important choices you will be presented with is finding the right golf architect to hire for ...
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Tips for A Great Course Design

Tips for A Great Course DesignLocation is KeyThink about the most memorable courses you have ever played golf at. What sticks out the most about these places? Maybe it’s a peak with an excellent view, or a coastline that fills the air with the sound of crashing waves, or a swampy course with dangling moss and huge trees. Whichever course stands out as the most ...
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How 3D Renderings Work

How 3D Renderings Work

How 3D Renderings WorkWhen presenting our design proposals for your golf course, we can offer you more than just blueprints and verbal ideas to represent our design. We can now present our plans for your new course in a 3D rendering! We do this by using a combination of programs to fit your unique needs, offering 3D renderings of standout holes or other impressive features ...
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Development Steps

Golf Course Development StepsConsultationBefore any thought is put into the specific details of a golf course, a location to build the course must first be selected. Everyone has different preferences and ideas about their dream locations but some things are universal when it comes to selecting a space for a golf course. One, most important you are going to need a lot of space. The ...
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Professional Course Layouts

Professional Course LayoutsSite Analysis/Needs Assessment/General ConsultingWe start each project with a review of the site you have chosen for the course. We determine a list of needs the space has in order to be transformed into the golf course of your dreams. We conduct business and preliminary concept studies, in order to provide you with a comprehensive look of future plans. We will do planning ...
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What Factors Go Into A Golf Course Design

What Factors Go Into A Golf Course DesignFinding The Perfect SpotLocation, location, location! This expression holds all of the intended weight and relevancy, when contemplating a new design for a golf course. Sure, you might have a name picked out, an ambience in mind, or know certain elements you wish to incorporate into the design of the new golf course you want to build. However, ...
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Best Pregame Warmups

Best Pregame Warmups No matter what sport or physically demanding activity you may be about to engage in, a proper warm-up is imperative to achieving your highest level of performance. When you go to a professional sporting event, you will always see the athletes going through a pre-game warm-up designed to get their bodies loose and ready to play at their best. Golf is the ...
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Health Tips, While Playing Golf

Health Tips, While Playing Golf (staying cool, being prepared) Golf is a wonderful sport that brings out every type of person, representing all ages and walks of life. While it is not as physically demanding as other sports are, it is still important to make sure you are physically prepared before hitting the golf course. Here are some tips to ensure you have a safe ...
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What To Expect From Tempest Golf Club in 2018

What to expect from Tempest Golf Club in 2018Tempest Golf Club Gladewater, Texas Anticipation rises as Tempest Golf Club in Gladewater, Texas is approaching its grand opening. Many are curious as to what to expect from tempest golf club. The newly renovated 18-hole course is slated to open this spring with a host of new and exciting renovations aboard. Architect Jeffery Brauer was chosen to ...
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Are Public Golf Courses Free

Are Public Golf Courses Free Most public golf courses are open to the general public. They are usually owned by a cities or counties in their respective states. These courses are considered on public land because the general public pays taxes to support its function. The courses are also called municipal courses. In order to make the course self-sustaining, some cities or counties charge fees ...
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Golf Is For Everyone

Golf Is For Everyone

Golf Is For Everyone Golf is truly an amazing sport but we don't have to tell you that! If you have made your way to this website, the chances are you already know, golf is THE best. There are countless reasons and examples of how and why golf is the best sport around. I bet you have already thought up five and you are right, ...
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Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2017

Golfweek's Best: Casino Courses 2017Jeffrey D. Brauer takes a unique, hands-on approach when developing and designing golf courses. This has made him an established figure in the golf industry as a skillful craftsman who is dedicated to quality, not quantity. Jeffrey D. Brauer was a working architect on two of the top 15 courses ranked on Golfweek's Best Casino Courses of 2017. 6th place: The ...
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Golf Is Good For Your Health

Golf Is Good For Your Health Golf is one of the most frequently played sports all over the world. Luckily, while it may feel like a leisurely time of relaxation, it also comes with its own set of health benefits. Here is a list of just a handful of the ways golf can benefit your health: Walking: The average golf course is 150 acres! Even ...
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A new year’s resolution – Golf Should Be Fun, Dammit!

A new year’s resolution - Golf Should Be Fun, Dammit!It’s a phrase my Dad used after hitting four balls in a pond. And, I remembered it again while playing golf with my son and grandson. It’s true, we rush to the course, we worry about score, we hate bad shots, but is there any greater joy than hitting that all too rare perfect golf shot ...
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Golf Prep Checklist

Golf Prep ChecklistMore goes into preparing for a game of golf than just throwing on your favorite polo and grabbing your clubs. Getting all the way to the course just to realize you left essential equipment behind can be very frustrating and expensive. Here is a list of the items you need and the things you should be prepared for before golfing!-Golf Clubs: You are ...
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Jeffrey Brauer: Golf Course Architect

Jeffrey Brauer: Golf Course Architect 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 ...
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10 More Reasons to Renovate

10 More Reasons to Renovate Soon11. Looking Back Restorations are (or were) the rage. Should the History Channel have a “golf architecture” show? With most Golden Age courses now preserved, focus will shift to preserving Dick Wilson and Robert Trent Jones courses, then to…..dare I say it…... Jeffrey D. Brauer Courses?12. Looking Forward Preserving heritage is fine, to a point. However, one thing is certain ...
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10 Reasons to Renovate Soon

10 Reasons to Renovate SoonTypically, realtors implore you to “Buy Now!” Their reasons are many, and many apply to the question of when to renovate your golf course:1. It will never be cheaper In the last year, construction prices have jumped 15-20%, after years of stagnation. Prices will continue rising sharply for a while, so sooner surely beats later.2. You Know You Want To Change ...
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