Gil Hanse: Architect of the Year 2009

December 5, 2009

Gil Hanse has been quietly doing excellent work
for 20 years, the last 16 of them as principal architect of
Philadelphia-based Hanse Golf Course Design.

he has scored critical success with his work on courses
like Rustic Canyon, Boston Golf Club, and TPC Boston,
he’s hardly a household name, but make no mistake:
Castle Stuart will change that, and should catapult him
into the limelight and out of the shadows of Tom Doak.

Hanse followed Doak to Cornell, and then later
joined Doak’s firm, Renaissance Golf Design. While
Doak has grabbed much well deserved glory, Hanse has
since racked up an enviable string of original designs and
restoration/renovation consultations. His first effort in
Scotland, the Craighead Links at Crail Golfing Society,
opened 11 years ago to enthusiastic reviews.

But Castle
Stuart has blown everyone away. Hanse is quick to
credit design partner Jim Wagner and co-designer Mark
Parsinen, but for the quality of his work — and for giving
course junkies something to cheer about in an otherwise
miserable year — Hanse deserves his due, the spotlight,
and our award as architect of the year.