Background

Gary KernMy office has been located in the St. Louis, Missouri area since 1983, when I relocated from Carmel, Indiana.  Since I am a "one-man operation", all planning and design is performed by me, assuring clients of personal attention.  I have been active in golf course design since 1969, and been involved in projects ranging from Massachusetts to Oklahoma.  I am committed to the traditions of golf, and the planning and design of every project are performed with respect to the greatest game of all.

I started playing golf in my teens while attending college at Texas A&M, and quickly developed a fondness and a hunger for the game.  After college and a stint with the Indiana State Highway Commission, I became involved in land surveying, land planning and site design, and was a principal in a Civil Engineering/Land Survey firm from 1960 to 1974.  In this position, I was responsible for land use planning, site design, and complete engineering drawings for single family subdivisions and multifamily projects.

The 18th green at The Country Club of New EnglandWith this background and my love of golf, an ongoing informal study of Golf Course Architecture was second nature - I read and reread everything I could get my hands on about Golf course Architecture, including one of my favorite books, 'The Links', by Robert Hunter. This study progressed until 1969 when a client engaged my firm to plan and design Brookshire, a residential golf course development in Carmel, Indiana.  I suggested the client commission Bill Diddel, a charter member of the ASGCA, to design the golf course within the project, and worked closely with Mr. Diddel from the initial planning of the golf course through the design stage.  This association enhanced my informal study of Golf Course Architecture with a practical experience. Mr. Diddel and I maintained close contact throughout construction of this golf course, and he encouraged me to enter the field of Golf Course Architecture.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Diddel endorsed me to a prospective client as a course architect.  The endorsement resulted in Tomahawk Hills Golf Course at Jamestown, Indiana. Mr. Diddel apparently thought I did a good job as he later referred me to yet another client, which resulted in a nine hole addition at El Dorado Country Club, now Royal Oak Country Club, in Greenwood, Indiana.

After this on the job introduction to Golf Course Architecture in 1969 and the increasing design workload, I divested myself of interest in the Engineering firm to devote full time to the design of golf courses in 1974, and, subsequently, involvement in a lengthy list of projects in planning, designing, and construction observation of many new golf courses, golf course additions, and remodeling projects in the Midwest and throughout the country.

 

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