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New ASGCA President Forrest Richardson has vision for golf course architecture

2.58pm 30th October 2020 - Opinion

Forrest Richardson, ASGCA, has begun his term as American Society of Golf Course Architects president by releasing a stirring video – “Ahead of the Game” – that captures his vision of where golf course architecture is today and how architects are leading the way into the future.

“The game of 400 years ago was nothing at all like it is today,” Richardson says. “The term ‘golf course’ meant nothing at all until the game had been played for several hundred years.”

His view of the game, its rich history and the valuable role played by golf course architects focuses on three important directions for his fellow designers:

“Let’s start asking whether there are new ways to play the game, and also the wheres, the whens and the who? The game itself is where we can make a difference, and creativity is where we will help mold the game to fit an entirely new generation that has yet to come to golf. Golf courses of the future should be different, and they will be. We have the opportunity to ensure that difference will be more fun, more enjoyable, more diverse and inviting.”

Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout North America. Forrest Richardson is ASGCA’s 75th-year president and will serve in the role until the ASGCA Annual Meeting in October 2021

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