Who's who: Kyle Phillips

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  • Photo of Kyle Phillips
  • Photo of Kyle Phillips
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  • Photo of Kyle Phillips

Who's who: Kyle Phillips

  • Name:

    Kyle Donald Phillips
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  • Born:

    1958 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • Occupation:

    Golf course architect.
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Golf course design

Kyle Phillips' best known work includes, but is not limited to:

GC, AR (2017, remodelling) / California GC of San Francisco, CA (2005, restoration & redesign) / Del Paso CC, CA (2006, remodelling) / Incline Village, NV (2004, remodelling of Championship course) / Morgan Creek G&CC, CA (2003) / Wilshire CC, CA (2009, restoration).

Dundonald Links, Scot (2004) / Kingsbarns, Scot (2000) / The Grove, Eng (2003).

Bernardus, Nld (2018) / Eichenheim, Aut (2000) / Hilversumsche, Nld (2009, remodelling) / Lage Vuursche, Nld (2000) / Morfontaine, Fra (2018, modifications) / PGA Sweden National, Swe (2009, Links course; 2010, Lakes course) / Royal Las Brisas, Spain (2014, modifications) / Royal Puerto de Hierro, Spain (2000, remodelling) / Valderrama, Spain (2008, modifications) / Verdura Resort, Italy (2009, East and West courses).

Al Maaden, Morocco (2010) / South Cape Owners Club, S Korea (2013) / Tazegzout Bay, Morocco (2014); Yas Links, UAE (2010).

Did you know?

After majoring in Landscape Architecture at Kansas State University, Phillips joined Robert Trent Jones Golf Course Design in 1981, and worked closely with the firm's founder, Robert Trent Jones Jnr. Courses like Penha Longa in Portugal and Seddiner See (South course) in Germany benefitted hugely from Phillips input.

In 1997 Phillips was ready to branch out with his own company, Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design. A headline grabbing design was not slow in coming when Kingsbarns in Scotland burst onto the scene. Phillips transformation of a former potato field into a world-class links course ensured further big new commissions would folow, which they did ... particularly in Europe.

His design work has now taken him to more than 30 countries in 5 continents, on behalf of over 60 clients. His reputation is for developing high-quality creative layouts that are both challenging and pleasing on-the-eye. Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design is located in Granite Bay, California.

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