Tom Fazio

Full Name
Thomas Fazio
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Year of Birth
1945
Place Born
Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

“Golf shouldn’t be overly difficult, but it shouldn’t be easy.” So says Tom Fazio, who believes that the classic tension in golf course design is not between risk and reward, but between playability and difficulty.

Tom Fazio was born in Norristown in the northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia and was educated at nearby Lansdale Catholic High School. He “entered the business of golf course architecture as a teenager in 1962,” wrote Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Golf Course, “assisting his uncle George in course construction. His on-the-job training and experience gave him intimate knowledge in engineering, landscape design, soils, accounting and business. By the early Seventies he became a full partner with George and the partnership became one of the nation’s leading course design firms.”

Tom commented as follows in the foreword of his book, Golf Course Design: “I was fortunate in getting an early start in the golf course design business with my uncle, George Fazio, and learning about golf from George and the great masters who were his contemporaries, men like Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret, and Sam Snead. As the business and golf grew, I was lucky in my choice of competitors, too, people like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, and Arnold Palmer, and many others who became friends, as well as competitors. I’ve learned from all of them...”

“When I started in golf design, I remember listening to recognized golf architects and well-known professional golfers talking about “classic” designs, whatever they are, and of building holes styled after the original Redan Hole at North Berwick, the Postage Stamp at Troon, the Road Hole at St Andrews, and other famous places. And I always had the same reaction to such statements: Why would you want to do something that’s already been done? Those are certainly wonderful holes, and stand as historic monuments of the game, but I ha...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Tom Fazio

Adare Manor

Gem Ireland - Best in Area

Following J. P. McManus’s acquisition of Adare Manor in 2015, the old RTJ-designed parkland course has gone, replaced by a new Tom Fazio layout which opened in May 2018.

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Aldarra

4th Washington - Best in Area

Constructed on a 560-acre property that once belonged to the Boeing family, Tom Fazio’s course at Aldarra Golf Club was his first project in the Pacific Northwest region, opening in 2001.

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Alotian

1st Arkansas - Best in Area

Billionaire investment banker, Warren Stephens, had a golf dream and his realisation, costing a cool $18m, is the Alotian Club.

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Baker’s Bay

2nd Bahamas Ranking 6th Caribbean Ranking

Laid out on a sliver of sandy shoreline along the west flank of Great Guana Cay, Baker’s Bay first opened in 2010 when it was unveiled as Discovery Land Company’s fourteenth residential golf project.

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Barefoot Resort (Fazio)

57th South Carolina - Best in Area

Designed with the visual impact of water at fifteen holes, the Fazio course lies between the Love and Dye layouts at the 72-hole Barefoot Resort.

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Barton Creek (Fazio Foothills)

24th Texas - Best in Area

One of four 18-hole designs at the Barton Creek resort, the Fazio Foothills layout was constructed on an undulating site that enjoys significant elevation changes during a round.

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Belfair (East)

32nd South Carolina - Best in Area

Tom Fazio’s East course at Belfair Golf Club appeared in 1999, three years after his West course debuted at the same Bluffton location, and both layouts comprise a formidable challenge at this 36-hole facility.

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Belfair (West)

31st South Carolina - Best in Area

The West course at Belfair Golf Club is the older - and tougher - of two Tom Fazio layouts in a large forested property that lies along the inlets and wetlands of the Colleton River.

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