Dana Fry

Full Name
Dana Raymond Fry
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Year of Birth
1962
Place Born
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

As a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects since 1992, Fry has served on the Board of Governors and has served as a speaker at the Golf Industry Show on behalf of the ASGCA. He has assumed a leadership role in Asian golf development with his significant contributions to its emerging market, and consistently demonstrates a dedication to the entire evolving field of modern golf course design. ASGCA

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Dana was educated at the University of Arizona from 1980 to 1983, where he studied Business. Playing for the men’s golf team, he shot a course record 64 at Randolph Park Golf Course in Tucson then set another course record while home in Kansas City between semesters with a 62 at Minor Park Golf Course.

The summer before his senior year, he met up with Andy Banfield, a lead designer for Tom Fazio, who invited Dana to have a look at a new course under construction at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club in Tucson. Dana started out by flagging saguaro cacti that required transplanting and before he knew it he was offered a part time job.

Andy taught him how to run a bulldozer and shared a lot of his thoughts on golf course design. Tom Fazio then made Dana a full-time employee which meant he never completed his studies but, as he says himself: “I never graduated from college but boy did I ever get an education.”

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Dana Fry

Acaya

1st Southern Italy - Best in Area 26th Italy Ranking

Situated close to Lecce, in the southeast of Italy, the resort golf course at Acaya first appeared in the late 1990s when architect David Mezzacane set out the eighteen fairways within a local nature reserve.

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Calusa Pines

5th Florida - Best in Area 72nd USA Ranking 82nd North America Ranking

Calusa Pines Golf Club is an absolute blast and that’s official. $1m of dynamite was used to blast through tons of rock to create rare Floridian elevation changes...

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Cooks Creek

49th Ohio - Best in Area

Flanked by Little Walnut Creek and the Scioto River, Cooks Creek Golf Club (formerly Raintree South) is the result of architectural cooperation between Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry with John Cook.

Desert Willow (Firecliff)

69th California - Best in Area

“From a golfing point of view this is just about the Garden of Eden” was how one commentator described the Coachella Valley's Desert Willow Golf Resort.

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Devil's Pulpit

13th Ontario - Best in Area 26th Canada Ranking

Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry fashioned Devil's Pulpit, a track that defines everything that is exciting in modern golf course design...

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Dundarave

2nd Prince Edward Island - Best in Area 76th Canada Ranking

Opening in 1999 at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort on the east side of Prince Edward Island, Dundarave golf course is regarded as the more challenging of the resort's two 18-hole layouts...

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EagleSticks

34th Ohio - Best in Area

Featuring elevated tee positions on many of the holes, the 18-hole layout at EagleSticks Golf Club is routed across an undulating landscape where elevation changes occur with great regularity.

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Erin Hills

5th Wisconsin - Best in Area

Set within a vast 600-acre property, the golf course at Erin Hills only opened in 2006 but it has already hosted the US Amateur Championship in 2011 (won by Kelly Kraft) and the US Open in 2017 (won by Brooks Koepka).

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FarmLinks

4th Alabama - Best in Area

Designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the course at FarmLinks Golf Club opened its tees for play in 2003 and has never looked back.

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