Brian Silva

Full Name
Brian M. Silva
Year of Birth
1953
Place Born
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA

“Silva does not claim to be doing restoration in the literal sense of the term. Instead, he provides what he terms a "sensitive renovation" – sensitive to the feel and concepts of Ross, but not a scrupulous duplication based upon long-lost blueprints.” Brad Klein

Brian Silva’s father, John Silva, was a feature shaper who was really handy operating a D4 bulldozer in the light construction business. Brian was only 8 or 9 when he was sitting on his dad’s lap while he worked on projects for architects like Geoff Cornish, George Fazio and Phil Wogan.

He thought he would follow in his father’s footsteps but his dad realized such people in the golf business don’t get enough credit for what they did, despite their undoubted talents, so he encouraged Brian to go up another level and become involved in golf course design.

Architect Geoff Cornish urged him to combine turf management and landscape architecture in his study program so he worked on maintenance crews during the summer while attending the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Turf Management at the University of Massachusetts.

He graduated in the mid-1970s, just as the golf course business was going through a slack patch, so he returned to education for another two years of graduate study in plant and soil sciences. Whilst at university, Brian took over from one of the professors who left for another position was and enjoyed it so much he took up a similar job in Florida.

His three-year teaching stint at Lake City Community College combined classroom instruction with on-site visits to projects his students were undertaking and in 1981 the Florida Turfgrass Association awarded him its highest honour, the Wreath of Grass.

Silva then returned to New England, where he became the first USGA Green Section agronomist assigned to the region. It was during a site visit that he bumped into Geoff Cornish again, who offered him a job with his design company. ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Brian Silva

Abiko

4th Kanto - Best in Area 8th Japan Ranking 16th Asia Ranking

Yoshiro Hayashi won the Japan Open Golf Championship here at Abiko Golf Club way back in 1950, but the club hosted the Japan Women's Open Golf Championship as recently as 2009.

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Augusta Country Club

8th Georgia - Best in Area

The club will always be overshadowed by its famous neighbour, but Silva’s work is undoubtedly artful and we’re sure Augusta Country Club will only rise higher in future rankings.

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Black Creek

8th Tennessee - Best in Area

Brian Silva laid out the course at Black Creek Club with more than a nod towards the style of Seth Raynor’s Golden Age work. Consequently, it features a wonderful array of Short, Redan, Cape and Biarritz holes.

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Black Rock Country Club

23rd Massachusetts - Best in Area

In 2002, Brian Silva stylishly shaped the 18-hole layout at Black Rock Country Club on the site of an old quarry, routing the fairways over, around and between substantial rocky outcrops.

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Breakfast Hill

13th New Hampshire - Best in Area

The course at Breakfast Hill Golf Club was unveiled in the summer of 2000. It’s a Brian Silva design that comfortably stretches out across 170 acres of a pleasantly undulating, wooded landscape.

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Cape Cod National

24th Massachusetts - Best in Area

Cape Cod National Golf Club was designed by Brian Silva and opened for play in 1998. Already used as a US Open Qualifier and one of the premier layouts in Massachusetts.

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Falmouth Country Club

9th Maine - Best in Area

Laid out within a massive 425-acre property on the coast of Maine, the course at Falmouth Country Club is a Geoff Cornish and Brian Silva creation.

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GreatHorse

30th Massachusetts - Best in Area

The realization of the Antonacci racehorse family, GreatHorse is an extraordinary $30 million Brian Silva transformation of the bankrupt Hampden Country Club property into an opulent, private golfing retreat.

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Greenville (Riverside)

72nd South Carolina - Best in Area

William B. Langford laid out the Riverside course to a Donald Ross design and it opened for play in 1923. George Cobb added seven new holes in the early 60s when new land became available on the opposite side of the Reedy River before Brian Silva added his stamp in the new millennium.

Links at Hiawatha Landing

68th New York - Best in Area

Located on the Susquehanna River, between the Finger Lakes and Catskill Mountains, The Links at Hiawatha Landing is a pay and play Brian Silva and Mark Mungeam production where water threatens at seven holes.

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