Rod Whitman

Full Name
Roderick Kevin Whitman
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Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

“Whitman’s work, like that of his friend Bill Coore, adheres to ‘minimalist’ or ‘low-profile’ principles. His conviction is that each site is unique, and that it is the job of the architect to reveal a site’s natural attributes; relative to interesting golf." Keith Cutten

In 1976, Rod Whitman left Ponoka Composite High School in Alberta to enrol at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he worked towards a Batchelor of Science degree.

While studying during his three-year course at the university, he helped out with the green keeping staff at nearby Waterwood National Golf Club, under the direction of superintendent Bill Coore.

As well as carrying out his normal maintenance duties, Rod assisted with the renovation of some of the holes on the layout, which led to him learning how to operate a range of construction machinery.

After graduating from university, he returned to Canada and spent a year as the superintendent at the Devon Golf and Country Club in Alberta before heading back to the Lone Star State in 1981 to work with Pete Dye, having been recommended by Bill Coore.

Over a three-year period, Rod ran the construction crew for the new Dye layout at Austin Country Club then went back home (literally) to Ponoka to design and build a golf course for an old school friend, the former baseball player Ryan Vold.

Wolf Creek Golf Resort opened with an initial 18-hole layout in 1984 – another two nines were subsequently added by Whitman in 1990 and 2010 – and it features one of Canada’s largest hand-carved log buildings (at over 20,000 square feet) as a clubhouse.

Rod then teamed up again with Pete Dye as a design associate from 1985 to 1989 and was involved in rebuilding the greens at Crooked Stick in Indiana and renovating the course at Oaktree National in Oklahoma.

During the late 1980s, he collaborated with Bill Coore on a project in France at Golf du Médoc in Bo...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Rod Whitman


1st New Brunswick - Best in Area 71st Canada Ranking

A round of golf at the Algonquin Resort begins with an easy opener then holes 2 to 4 follow the fairways of the original course along the edge of town before turning back toward the Atlantic coast...


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4th Alberta - Best in Area 25th Canada Ranking

Designed by Rod Whitman, a native Albertan, Blackhawk Golf Club quickly established itself as one of the top contemporary courses in Canada when it opened in 2003...


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Cabot Links

2nd Nova Scotia - Best in Area 3rd Canada Ranking 31st North America Ranking 61st World Ranking

Cabot Links is located just outside the small town of Inverness on the rugged west coast of Cape Breton Island and these fairways, overlooking the Gulf of St Lawrence, comprise Canada’s first genuine links layout.


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Médoc (Châteaux)

2nd South West France - Best in Area 11th France Ranking 37th Continental Europe Ranking

Golf du Médoc is located to the north of Bordeaux, which everyone knows, or ought to know, is the world capital of wine. The Châteaux course is Bill Coore's 3rd solo design, which he laid out with his design associate, Rod Whitman.


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Médoc (Vignes)

7th South West France - Best in Area 37th France Ranking

It’s true to say Les Vignes has had to live in the shadow of an older sibling which has hosted a French Open (in 1989) but the course is now maturing into one that’s finding its rightful position...


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Rimba Irian

1st Papua - Best in Area 18th Indonesia Ranking

Commissioned by PT Freeport, Indonesia’s largest gold and copper mining company, the Rimba Irian golf course opened for play in 1996...


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2nd British Columbia - Best in Area 18th Canada Ranking

Sagebrush ran into serious financial difficulties and closed its tees for play in the fall of 2014 and was due to reopen in 2016 as a high-end pay-and-play public facility managed by Troon Golf. However in September 2017 the course closed and remained shut, finally reopening in July 2021.


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Schloss Langenstein

5th South West Germany - Best in Area 17th Germany Ranking

You’ll find that a round on the 18-hole course at Schloss Langenstein offers as close to a quintessential British parkland golf experience as you could ever wish for.


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Rod Whitman Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 David Harak Courses Played 7
2 Ryan Courses Played 5
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 5
= Sheldon Wayne Long Courses Played 5
5 Shawn Streeton Courses Played 4
= Mike Commodore Courses Played 4
= Gary Chiste Courses Played 4
= Vishal Tulsi Courses Played 4
= Bruce Plummer Courses Played 4
10 Stephen Knapp Courses Played 3