The Golf Course Industry magazine team brings you the biggest news and hottest trends in the turf industry on Superintendent Radio. They closed off the year with an episode featuring golf architects Jeffrey D. Brauer and Nathan Crace.


Jeff and Nathan helped create a great book from the ASGCA Foundation to help your bosses make thoughtful course improvement decisions. They explain the methodology behind the book — and some of its witty lines — on the final Tartan Talks of 2020.


What You Need To Know About The Newly Released Book:


Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees is available on Amazon now! This 135-page book was written by award-winning golf architect, Jeffrey D. Brauer. 


Book Description:

The relationship golfers have to the courses they play is unique. Perhaps that’s why you often hear players speak about their “home golf course.” As a result, everyone affiliated with a golf facility – player, superintendent, manager, green committee member, owner – has strong feelings about the design and golf course architecture. This book provides information for those making decisions about golf facilities. Hopefully, those decisions lead to greater success for the facility and more people playing golf more often and enjoying it more.As someone with a voice in determining how and when to update, renovate or redesign your golf course, what questions should you be asking? Whether a Green Committee member, Superintendent or course Manager, having helpful information is a first step to a finished product that is more playable and profitable. That’s where this book comes in.The chapters are intentionally brief for ease of reading and retention. The information provided here comes from men and women with great experience and passion for the game. Our hope is to help golf facilities succeed, and in the process welcome more people to the game.


 About The Author:


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.



Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes, Inc.
3809 Canton Jade Way  
Arlington, TX 76005
Ph: 817-797-6376