Kyle Phillips

Full Name
Kyle Donald Phillips
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Year of Birth
1958
Place Born
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Like many great architects, Kyle Phillips is also a student of the past, and his appreciation of both Tom Simpson and Harry Colt has resulted in his sympathetic new millennium remodelling of the main course at Morfontaine in France and at Hilversumsche in The Netherlands.

Kyle Phillips graduated from Kansas State University in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. That same year, he began his career in golf working with Robert Trent Jones Junior, eventually rising from the position of Design Associate to Vice President.

During his time with RTJII, Phillips was responsible for many of the company’s European designs, including courses like Penha Longa in Portugal, The Wisley in England and Saint Donat in France. He also oversaw Caribbean projects at Royal Westmoreland, Four Seasons Nevis and Tierra del Sol in Aruba.

In 1997, he started his own company, Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design. His close rapport with Mark Parsinen, one of the developers who he’d recently worked with at Granite Bay Golf Club in California, led to him designing the critically acclaimed links at Kingsbarns in Scotland.

Kingbarns was a really big break for Kyle Phillips at the start of the new millennium, propelling him onto golf design’s world stage, and further UK commissions quickly came his way via The Grove in Hertfordshire and Dundonald Links on the west coast of Scotland.

On the wider European front, Phillips was also busy laying out courses in The Netherlands and Austria (at Laage Vuursche in 2000 and Eichenheim in 2001) before he completed a couple of 36-hole projects at the end of the decade at the PGA of Sweden National complex near Malmö and the Verdura Resort in Sicily.

Further afield, Phillips also fashioned Al Maaden in Marrakech, Morocco (2010), Yas Links in the United Arab Emirates (2010) and South Cape Club in South Korea (2013) and he’s since returned to Morocco and The Netherlands to design the Tazegzout course near Agadir (in 20...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Kyle Phillips

Al Maaden

20th Morocco Ranking

The layout at Al Maaden Golf Resort is the centrepiece of a residential development that surrounds the perimeter of the course that's laid out on a flat landscape with fairways routed uniquely around a couple of geometric water features...

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Bernardus

5th Netherlands Ranking 25th Continental Europe Ranking

Shortly after a soft opening in the summer of 2018, it was announced that Bernardus will host three editions of the KLM Open on the European Tour from 2020 onwards...

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Blessings

2nd Arkansas - Best in Area

A University of Arkansas facility, the course at Blessings Golf Club is both long and demanding, with the threatening waters of Clear Creek coming into play rather frequently during a round here.

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California

6th California - Best in Area 28th USA Ranking 30th North America Ranking 60th World Ranking

The California Golf Club of San Francisco can now boast tournament measurements. From the new back tees, which are aptly called Venturi, the course can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards.

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Del Paso

61st California - Best in Area

Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento was founded in 1916 and the original John Black-designed course underwent several large-scale renovations before a major redesign by Kyle Phillips in 2006. Ten years later, the club hosted its fifth USGA event, the 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

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Dundonald

5th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 30th Scotland Ranking 90th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Dundonald Links originally set out to be part of a golf and residential complex called Southern Gailes but when that didn’t happen, Loch Lomond Golf Club bought the course in 2003 and commissioned Kyle Phillips to finish the design.

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Eichenheim

9th Austria Ranking

When Kyle Phillips gets involved in golf design, everyone expects something special. Eichenheim is enchanting and perhaps the best new Austrian course.

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Hillcrest Country Club - California

76th California - Best in Area

Willie Watson designed the original course at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club, but plenty changed when Kyle Phillips was appointed in 2018 to redesign the existing layout, adding six new holes to the set-up.

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Hilversumsche

7th Netherlands Ranking 32nd Continental Europe Ranking

Hilversumsche Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the Netherlands but thankfully you can still get a midweek game if you book in advance.

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Incline Village (Championship)

17th Nevada - Best in Area

Totally redesigned in 2005 by Kyle Phillips, Robert Trent Jones Senior's Championship course at Incline Village opened in 1964 and it's complemented by the short, par 58 Mountain layout which was built by his son, Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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Kyle Phillips Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 11
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 10
3 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 9
= Jim McCann Courses Played 9
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 9
6 David Davis Courses Played 8
= Brian Ward Courses Played 8
= Dr. Michael J. Noack Courses Played 8
= David Harak Courses Played 8
10 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 7