Michael Hurdzan

Full Name
Michael John Hurdzan
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Year of Birth
1943
Place Born
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA Past President, studied turf management at Ohio State University and earned a Masters and a Ph.D. in environmental plant physiology at the University of Vermont.  Michael doesn’t just design great golf courses; he is also extremely active in speaking and teaching on golf industry related topics and has written and published seven books on golf course design, construction, history, and risk management. ASGCA

Mike Hurdzan started out in golf at Beacon Light Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, where his father worked as a golf instructor. The facility was owned by Jack Kidwell, a man deeply involved in the game as a PGA member, course superintendent and golf course architect.

Hurdzan completed his preliminary studies in 1970, having gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Management from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont.

Jack Kidwell offered Mike a position in his design company and six years later the firm of Kidwell & Hurdzan Incorporated was founded in 1976. By the end of the following decade, the partnership was responsible for setting out more than a hundred courses across the Mid-west.

Mike’s formal education continued throughout the 1970s, attaining a Phd. In Environmental Plant Physiology from the University of Vermont in 1974 followed by further studies for a BSc. degree in Landscape Architecture at the Ohio State University which concluded in 1978.

Running in tandem with his studies, Hurdzan had embarked on a military career as an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps officer, serving in the Chemical Corps before switching to the US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and he attained the rank of Colonel by the time he left in 1996.

Not long after Jack Kidwell retired from their design company through ill health in the mid-1980s, Hurdzan teamed up with Dana Fry, who had previously worked with Tom Fazio.

Their first project together was in 1990 at Devil’s Pulpit in Ontario, Canada and two years later they followed this up with another 18-hole layout...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Michael Hurdzan

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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Annbriar

46th Illinois - Best in Area

Designed by Michael Hurdzan, the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo is named after Ann Nobbe, the daughter of the owners, who tragically died in an automobile accident three years before the public pay and play facility opened in 1993.

Blackthorn

26th Indiana - Best in Area

Located to the north west of South Bend, not far from the University of Notre Dame - and its famous “Fighting Irish” varsity sports teams - Blackthorn Golf Club is one of the best municipal tracks in the state of Indiana.

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Bully Pulpit

3rd North Dakota - Best in Area

Bully Pulpit’s 18-hole layout lies close to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, named after the 26th President of the United States who once used it as his favourite hunting ground.

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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 24th 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 81st 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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