Who's who: Gil Hanse

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Who's who: Gil Hanse

  • Name:

    Gilbert "Gil" Hanse
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  • Born:

    Aug 12, 1963 in Panama City, Florida.
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  • Occupation:

    Golf course architect.
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Golf course design

Hanse's best known work includes, but is not limited to:

Aronimink, PA (2017, modifications) / Belvedere GC, MI (2016) / Boston GC, MA (2005) / Doral, FL (2013, redesign of Blue Monster course with Jim Wagner; 2014, modifications to Golden Palm and Red Tiger courses) / Kittansett, MA (1998 & 2012, renovations) / Los Angeles CC, CA (2016, redesign with Geoff Shackelford) / Mossy Oak, MS (2016) / Myopia Hunt, MA (2013, renovated) / Ohoopee Match Club, GA (2019) / Pinehurst, NC (2018, No.4 course redesign; 2017, Cradle par-3 course) / Plainfield CC, NJ (2009, modifications) / Quaker Ridge, NY (2011, modifications) / Ridgewood, NJ (modifications, 2016) / Rustic Canyon, CA (2002) / Sleepy Hollow, NY (2017, modifications) / Southern Hills, OK (2018, renovations) / St George's G&CC, NY (2011, restoration) / Streamsong, FL (2017, Black course) / Taconic, MA (2009, renovations, 2009) / The Creek, NY (2011, modifications with George Bahto) / TPC Boston, MA (2007, redesign with Brad Faxon) / Vermont CC (2009, renovations) / Winged Foot, NY (2012, modifications to East course).

Castle Stuart, Scot (2009, with Mark Parsinen) / Crail, Scot (1998, Craighead Links) / Les Bordes, Fra (2020, No.2 course) / Olympic GC, Brazil (2016) / Trump Intl Dubai, UAE (2017).

Did you know?

While studying at Cornell University, Hanse was a recipient of the prestigious William Frederick Dreer Award, allowing him to spend a year in the UK studying many early examples of golf course design. While in Britain he undertook an internship with the renowned firm of Hawtree & Son. Upon return to the U.S., Hanse became an associate and then a design partner, in Tom Doak's Renaissance Golf Design, before founding Hanse Golf Course Design in 1993.

Hanse's designs are generally known for their simplicity and elegance, yet always providing the golfer with plenty of interesting features and golfing challenge. A major accolade for Hanse's work came when he was chosen to design the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio, the first course to stage golf as an Olympic Games event for 104 years. He has also been entrusted to restore and renovate several renowned courses in the United States, including courses originally laid out by celebrated designers like Charles B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, Donald Ross and Albert W. Tillinghast.

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