WHAT MAKES A PERSON INFLUEN;
Many people believe that golf architects
don’t truly have impact unless they’ve put
multiple courses on best-of lists, or unless
they’ve produced large bodies of work.
Others think in;uence radiates from
styles or approaches that have been widely
copied or from work that’s stood the test
of time. Some feel in;uence is best measured by the amount of change that follows in an architect’s wake.
;ere’s one thing that most everybody
can agree on, however: ;ese days, the
odds are stacked against anyone getting
successful enough to become an in;uen-
“We can’t create many in;uential archi-
tects when we’re only opening 15 or 20
courses a year,” said Dana Garmany, CEO
of Troon Golf. “;ere are a lot of creative
guys out there who’ll never get a chance to
show their talent.”
;e golf economy these days is only
marginally better than it was in 2011,
when Golf Inc. published its ;rst list of
the world’s most in;uential architects.
At that time, the words “a;ordable” and
“sustainable” were just beginning to creep
into the mainstream, China was still
We asked some of the biggest
names in golf to help us create
a Rushmore of architects.
BY ROBERT J. VASILAK
Coore-Crenshaw’s Cabot Cliffs,
Inverness, Nova Scotia