- Full Name
- Ronald Kirby
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- Year of Birth
- Place Born
- Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
“Ron Kirby knew from a young age he wanted to make a career in the golf world. As a caddie, caddie master, and maintenance crew member at a local country club growing up, Ron gained all the incentives he needed to stay involved with the sport of golf. With a five-decade career under his belt, Ron has garnered the reputation as one of the most respected and appreciated golf course designers in the industry.” ASGCA
Ron Kirby studied at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in the late 1940s before attending the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture on a Francis Ouimet Scholarship, graduating with an Associate degree in Agronomy in 1953.
He served as a golf course superintendent with a number of clubs before becoming a design associate with Dick Wilson in 1958. During the five years he was with Dick, he worked on projects in Paradise Island in the Bahamas and several South Florida courses.
In 1963, Ron became a design associate
with Robert Trent Jones, assisting the old master with a number of
assignments in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. After
eight years with the company, he decided to branch out on his own.
From 1970 to 1986, his Atlanta-based firm worked closely with Gary Player as a consultant and their collaborative efforts spanned the world. Ron then sold his firm to Golden Bear Inc. and joined Jack Nicklaus Design Services, where he oversaw the company’s European projects for the next decade.
Ron retired from the Nicklaus organization in the mid-1990s but he’s been retained by a number of firms as a special consultant. Currently he’s attached to the design practice of his son-in-law Gene Bates.
In 2003, Kirby was elected a “Fellow” of the American Society of Golf Course Architects for his dedicated service to his profession and his outstanding contributions to the game of golf. He and his wife presently live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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Opened in 1968 and designed by Robert Trent Jones and Ron Kirby, the Heather course is the oldest – and many still say the best – layout at Boyne Highlands Golf Club’s 72-hole golf complex.
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The course at Dromoland Castle Golf Club has been around for over forty years but in the last two years, dramatic changes have elevated it to new levels.
El Paraiso was laid out in the early 1970s by “Black Knight” Gary Player and renowned architect Ron Kirby, back in the days when they were involved in a course design partnership.
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