Ron Fream

Full Name
Ronald Warren Fream
Year of Birth
Place Born
Los Angeles, California, USA

“Golf need not be a knock off of Augusta National with immaculate, highly expensive standards of maintenance to be golf. The origins on the links of Scotland and some of the earliest courses outside the UK in the tea plantations and hill stations of India clearly demonstrate that golf can be a bit scruffy, rough round the edges and still be enjoyable.” Ron Fream from a interview about golf in Nepal, published in 2014.

After six years of study, Ron Fream graduated from California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona with an Ornamental Horticulture degree in 1964. His intention was to then work towards a masters in turf grass management at Washington State University, followed by a position as a golf course superintendent somewhere.

Fortunately for him, his botanical talents were noted by the Robert Trent Jones design company and he was hired, as he says himself, because he “knew how to grow grass”.

In a Golf Course Architecture interview from 2009, Fream says: “They had golfers, engineers and wonderful landscape architects but they didn’t know which end of a tree you put in the ground.”

During his four years with RTJ, Ron gained his PhD while enjoying a diverse working environment that allowed him to move between drawing designs, maintenance and construction and this was an education he probably would never have got at any other firm.

Fream had a brief spell as a construction superintendent for Red Lawrence in Arizona before moving on to work for a short time with Robert Muir Graves, who emphasized the importance of detailed drawings, and Ron has embraced this important discipline all his working life.

He established Golfplan in 1972, along with ex-RTJ employee Terry Storm, then headed to Japan to meet Michael Wolveridge of Thomson Wolveridge Associates and their subsequent 7-year partnership (along with John Harris) was the catalyst for his globetrotting exploits.

One of the first courses Fream fashioned was the Bali Handra for President Suharto of Indonesia in 1973. In a Golf Course Architecture interview in 2009, Ron said: “In those da...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Ron Fream


13th New Mexico - Best in Area

Albuquerque Country Club was founded in 1914, with members playing across desert to sand greens. Fourteen years later, John Van Cleek (design partner of Wayne Stiles) laid out a 9-hole grass course at the club's new site.


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11th South West France - Best in Area 72nd France Ranking

The course at Golf d’Arcangues is an early 1990s Ron Fream production, set out on a family estate close to Biarritz, where an eclectic mix of woodland and meadowland holes are routed around a delightful old château.


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Awana Genting Highlands

41st West Malaysia - Best in Area

Situated less than a 1-hour drive northeast of downtown Kuala Lumpur via the Lebuhraya Karak highway, the extremely narrow fairways at the Awana Genting Highlands Golf & Country Resort make this one of the tightest courses you’re ever likely to play.

Black Rocks

20th Java - Best in Area 29th Indonesia Ranking

Black Rocks Hotel and Golf Club is located on the gorgeous island of Belitung and this lengthy (7,255-yard) Ron Fream design debuted in 2019. The facility is named after the adjacent rock-strewn Tanjung Tinggi Beach, famous for its huge granite boulders.

Bonari Kogen

1st Tohoku - Best in Area 43rd Japan Ranking

The sixth and final Japanese golf project from Ron Fream of Golfplan in the 1990s, the course at Bonari Kogen Golf Club occupies a spectacular location in the foothills of the Azuma Mountain Range.

Citrus (La Foret)

2nd Tunisia Ranking 40th Africa Ranking

La Foret course at Golf Citrus is strategic and demanding with many of the fairways doglegging through pine groves laid out on hilly terrain.


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Citrus (Les Oliviers)

5th Tunisia Ranking

Les Oliviers is the least demanding of the two golf courses at Citrus with generous fairways that allow golfers to let loose with the driver on most of the holes.


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Disneyland Paris (Rouge & Bleu)

38th North East France - Best in Area 87th France Ranking

Situated to the southeast of the Disneyland Paris theme parks and hotels at Magny-le-Hongre, the Rouge and Bleu nines at Disneyland Paris form what’s generally regarded as the most challenging 18-hole course at the resort’s 27-hole golf complex.


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Dolce (Frégate)

11th South East France - Best in Area 42nd France Ranking

Set within a wonderful 27-hole resort in the Bandol wine region of Provence, the Ron Fream-designed Frégate course at the Dolce Frégate Provence resort overlooks the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea.


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Ron Fream Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 16
2 Louis Roren Courses Played 15
3 Steve Starika Courses Played 10
= Olivier Sauberli Courses Played 10
5 Petro Walters Courses Played 9
= Walter Resch Courses Played 9
= Helmut Baeck Courses Played 9
8 Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 8
= Georg Kittel Courses Played 8
= James Park Courses Played 8