It has been almost a decade since David McLay Kidd announced himself to the golf world with the stunning layout at Bandon Dunes. Back then he really was a kid. Now he's 40, but even if the architect is hitting middle age, you can rest assured that his designs are not middle-of-the-road. Kidd has compiled an impressive portfolio since Bandon Dunes opened, but his accomplishments in 2008 are what have earned the son of a Scottish superintendent our inaugural Architect of the Year award.
His two high-profile course openings the Castle Course in St. Andrews and Tetherow in Bend, Oregon are distinctive and compelling statements in marketplaces already overflowing with acclaimed layouts.
Kidd remains a genuine minimalist he believes that a golf hole should fit as seamlessly as possible into the natural landscape but he's equally adamant that his courses be anything but plain vanilla. To Kidd, a lush and manicured playing field equals "bland, uninspiring and cookie-cutter." While his designs often provoke polar reactions, his spirit of adventure and willingness to break with convention both evident in spades at the Castle Course and Tetherow are to be saluted.