Gil Hanse

Full Name
Gilbert Hanse
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Year of Birth
1963
Place Born
Panama City, Florida, USA

Gil Hanse spent a short time working with Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design before founding Hanse Golf Course Design in 1993. Along with Tom Doak, Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw, Hanse is regarded as one of the most influential “minimalist” golf course architects of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Gil Hanse attended secondary school at Hunter Tannersville High school in Tannersville, New York before gaining his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. Hanse then earned a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 1989.

During his studies at Cornell, Hanse was the recipient of the William Frederick Dreer Award – the same horticultural award that Tom Doak received five years earlier – which allowed him to spend a year overseas with Martin Hawtree's practice, studying the history of golf course architecture.

He spent a short time working with Tom Doak’s Renaissance Golf Design (Hanse was Doak's first employee) before founding Hanse Golf Course Design in 1993. His long term design partner Jim Wagner joined the firm two years later. Along with Tom Doak, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, Gil Hanse is regarded as one of the most influential “minimalist” golf course architects of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

According to his personal portrait on the ASGCA website, Hanse’s company is “based on the principles of creating a small firm that takes a personal interest in the design and construction of each project. The company's courses are simple and elegant in appearance, yet sophisticated in strategy and interest.”

Hanse quickly established himself as a top restoration specialist, with a portfolio of work during the 1990s that included reworking William Flynn’s Kittansett in Massachusetts, A. W. Tillinghast’s Ridgewood in New Jersey, Seth Raynor’s Fishers Island in New York and Donald Ross’s Sakonnet in Rhode Island.

A big break for Hanse came at the end of the 1990s, when he was appointed to design a new...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Gil Hanse

Allegheny

23rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area

First set out by Tom Bendelow on a 150-acre site in 1902, the old course at Allegheny Country Club was subsequently redesigned by Donald Ross in 1923 and more recently renovated by Ed Seay and then restored by Gil Hanse.

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Applebrook

19th Pennsylvania - Best in Area

Local architect Gil Hanse built the Applebrook Golf Club course in 2001 and the construction of small greens and jagged bunkers imbue the layout with classic, Golden Age styling.

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Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 85th USA Ranking 98th North America Ranking

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Boston

6th Massachusetts - Best in Area 69th USA Ranking 79th North America Ranking

The Boston Golf Club – located in Hingham, Massachusetts – is a private members golf club and has been routed across more than 300 acres of prime golfing terrain

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Country Club of Rochester

28th New York - Best in Area

Used for the US Women’s Open in 1953 and 1973, the golf course at the Country Club of Rochester is an old Donald Ross track that was fully restored by Gil Hanse in 2004.

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Crail (Craighead)

13th Fife - Best in Area 63rd Scotland Ranking

It’s a mystery as to why the Craighead course at Crail did not feature in any golf course ranking tables since it came into play in 1999 until we first ranked it in 2008...

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Denver

5th Colorado - Best in Area

Founded in 1887, Denver Country Club moved to its current location in 1905. A number of great architects have modified the original James Foulis course, including Donald Ross, William Flynn, Bill Coore and Gil Hanse.

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Essex County Country Club

9th New Jersey - Best in Area

Essex County Country Club is one of the elder statesmen of American golf, incorporated way back in 1887. The course that’s played today goes back to 1918, the work of a rookie golf course designer, A.W. Tillinghast.

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Fenway

21st New York - Best in Area

With one-shot holes that vary by 100 yards in length, no weak holes and a classical design, it makes us wonder why Fenway Golf Club does not feature more prominently in America’s Top 100.

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