I started on
my career path long before I knew it was a path. The engaging world of
planning and problem solving, following imaginative ideas and working with a
dynamic team at Michigan State's Architecture complex was exhilarating.
Add to this mix the shot values of golf design, the uniqueness of each new
setting and the power of heavy machinery and I was captured.
The world of
golf design, for me, is about walking new lands; often in far away places.
Working with clients and shapers and respecting the process. A good
designer must, at some point, slow down the pace, set aside the distractions and
add sound, imaginative concepts to the project. A fine golfer must do the
same. He or she needs to reach a plateau that allows for concentration and
vision. It may well be that my experience as a tournament golfer has
helped me in my design world and vice versa.
us all in different ways, but the passion can always be found; from the first
time golfer who makes his or her first par to the best professional who is
humbled by an outstanding accomplishment, to the designer who relishes the
solitude of a rugged walk that defines a path taken long ago.
designed outstanding golf courses on three continents.
Each year the GCA Team adds to its fine tradition of creating challenging
and appealing golf courses for golfers of all abilities.
continues to develop new markets and the GCA Team continues to expand its
involvement in new courses, restorations and master planning.
Graham continues to play occasionally in national and international amateur tournaments where he competes at the highest levels.
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