Michael J. Hurdzan Curriculum Vitae

1978 Landscape Architecture (3 of 4 years complete)
The Ohio State University
1974 Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Environmental Plant Physiology
University of Vermont
Dissertation: Morphological and Physiological Adaptations of Red Fescue (Festuca rubra, L.) Seedlings to Simulated Sunlight, Diffuse Skylight, and Canopy Shade
1969 M.S. (Master of Science)
Plant and Soil Science
University of Vermont
Thesis: Effect of Light Intensity on Seedling Growth in Red Fescue (Fescue rubra L.)
1966 B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Turfgrass Management (1st graduating class)
The Ohio State University

Military Education/Service

1996 Receives Certificate of Retirement (30 year letter)
1994 Leaves 2nd Psychological Operations Group (TAC) (Airborne)
Awarded Legion of Merit neck order
1993 Promoted to Colonel (0-6)
1992 Completes Civil Affairs Qualification Course (MOS 380)
1990 Leaves 2d Battalion, Training Group, 70th Training Division
Selected Commander – 2d Psychological Operations Group (TAC) (Airborne)
1988 Leaves 246th Company, 360th Battalion, 2d Psychological Operations Group
Selected Commander – 2d Battalion, Training Group, 70th Training Division
Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
Awarded Expert Infantry Badge
Awarded MOS 37 A (PSYOPS Officer)
1987 Completes Command and General Staff Course (Non-Resident)
1986 Selected Commander – 246th Psychological Operations Company (TAC) (DS), 360th Battalion, 2d Psychological Operations Group (2 POG)
Completes Reserve Component Psychological Operations Officer Course
1985 Awarded MOS 18A – Special Operations Commander
Leaves Company “C,” 2d Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
1982 Selected Commander – Special Forces Company “C,” 2d Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), C/2/11 SFG(A)
1981 Completed Special Forces Staff and Operations Course
1980 Promoted to Major (leaves ODA 235, 11 SFGA)
1978 Completed Infantry Officers Advance Course
Awarded British Parachutists Badge
1976 Awarded German Parachutists Badge
1975 Completed Psychological Officer Basic Course
Awarded PMOS 5G – Special Forces Officer designator
Awarded SQI 3 – Special Forces Officer designator
1974 Promoted to Captain
1973 Chemical Corps disbanded by Presidential Order (selects Special Forces)
Completed Reserve Component Special Forces Qualification Course
Completed Basic Airborne Course
Completed Infantry Officer Basic Course. Awarded PMOS 11A
Selected Commander – Special Forces Operational Detachment 5, “C” Company, 2d Battalion, 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne), (C/5/2/11 SFG(A) a.k.a., ODA 235, 11th SFGA)
1972 Completed Chemical Officer Basic Course – Award PMOS 74B
Selected Class Commander
1967 Active duty deferment for graduate school
1966 Commissioned ROTC Second Lieutenant, Chemical Corps
Awarded Distinguished Military Graduate Honors

Military Decorations

  Special Forces Tab
Basic Airborne
British Parachutist Badge
German Parachutist Badge
Expert Infantry Badge
Expert Marksmanship (M-16, 45, Flame Thrower)
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal w/1 O.L.C.
Army Commendation Medal w/2 O.L.C.
Army Achievement Medal w/2 O.L.C.
National Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/4 O.L.C.
Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon w/Number “2”

Professional Decorations

2013 Old Tom Morris Award
Highest honor of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Presented annually to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris."
Past recipients include Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, President Gerald Ford, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Gene Sarazen, Tom Watson, Dinah Shore, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Byron Nelson
2007 Donald Ross Award
Highest honor of the American Society of Golf Course Architects
The award is named for ASGCA’s first honorary president, and is presented to an individual who has made a positive contribution to golf and golf course architecture
Past recipients include Tim Finchem (PGA Tour Commissioner),, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Pete Dye, Governor Jim Rhodes, Robert Trend Jones, Sr., Deane Beman (PGA Tour Commissioner), Judy Bell (USGA President), Michael Bonallack (Secretary of Royal & Ancient), Herb and Joe Graffis (Founders, National Golf Foundation)
2003 Named to Golf Digest list of “Most Powerful Golf Course Architects”
2002 Don A Rossi Award
Highest honor of the Golf Course Builders Association of America
Bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to the game of golf and its growth, and who have inspired others.
Past recipients include Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, Karsten Solheim (founder of Ping Golf), Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
2001 College of Life Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Vermont)
1999 Named to Golf Inc. list of “Power 25: The Most Influential People in Golf”
Selected “Golf Architect of the Year” by Boardroom Magazine
Named to Golf World list of “Top Ten "Hottest" Architects in the U.S”
1997 Selected “Architect of the Year” by GolfWorld Magazine
Cover story “Architect of the Year Michael Hurdzan Aims to Prove His profession is not harmful to the environment”
Past recipients include Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye Inducted into the Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame
Hall of fame members include Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hope, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson, Pete Dye, Former Ohio Governor James Rhodes Selected “Golf Architect of the Year” by Boardroom Magazine
Recipient of “Distinguished Alumni Award” (The Ohio State University)
1994 “Distinguished Service Award”, Golf Course Builders Association of America
1988 Selected “Man of the Year” by The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
1984 Recipient of “Professional Excellence” Award by The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation

Authored Books

2013 Golf Course Architecture: Design, Construction & Renovation (Chinese Edition)
2008 Golf Course Architecture: Design, Construction & Renovation (Korean Edition)
2006 Golf Course Design – An Annotated Bibliography (w/ Geoffrey Cornish)
192 pages
A unique and authoritative work featuring essays on the history and literature of course design and a comprehensive description (alphabetically by author) of hundreds of books and pamphlets on all aspects of the subject. 
2005 Building A Practical Golf Facility: A Step By Step Guide to Realizing A Dream
120 pages
Endorsed by the PGA of America, PGA Tour, USGA, GCSAA
The book shows those desiring to bring golf into their communities how to go about the planning, design, project management and budgeting processes necessary to create a successful project. Hurdzan builds a strong case for affordable, accessible golf and provides direction for those who are interested in pursuing such facilities. Includes case studies and cost analyses.
2004 Golf Greens: History, Theory, Design And Construction
334 pages
Through a unique exploration of the history of golf greens, related design theories, and future trends in the game, Golf Greens uncovers how modern designs of golf greens fit in with the complete history of the game. It looks at the strengths and weaknesses of construction methods, legal considerations, how to manage specific problems, and much more." A valuable resource for golf course architects, golf course superintendents, irrigation specialists, turfgrass specialists, golf course owners and builders, real estate/golf course developers, and landscape architects."
2003 Selected Courses by Hurdzan/Fry, Photos and Essays, Volume I
384 pages
Foreword by Tom Lehman, 1996 British Open Champion
A beautiful collection of color photos of 29 courses designed by the award-winning team of Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry
Named a "Coffee Table Classic" by Travel + Leisure Magazine
1999 Golf Course Architecture: Design, Construction & Renovation (German Edition).
1996 Golf Course Architecture: Design, Construction & Restoration (1st Edition).
416 pages
Described as "the modern bible of golf architecture," this text distills Dr. Hurdzan’s 30 years of knowledge and experience into one source. Beautifully illustrated with 326 color photographs, and 80 course maps and drawings, it chronicles all facets of designing, building, renovating and restoring a golf course. This single source provides a wealth of understandable and useful information on golf architecture from its earliest beginnings with Old Tom Morris to modern architectural design. Its readable style and varied illustrations make it a perfect reference for golf enthusiasts, green committees, green chairman, builders and developers, as well as superintendents, golf professionals and course managers. Dr. Hurdzan reveals both the art and science of golf course architecture, and takes you inside the designer’s mind as he leads you through each step in designing a golf green, golf hole and golf course. Dr. Hurdzan is refreshingly frank in his discussion of golf and the environment and golf course improvement and restoration.
1985 Evolution of the Modern Golf Green
23 pages
A four part series examining the engineering and inner working of our games often unpredictable and sometimes precocious “dance floors”.


2011 Pearson, D.
Philadelphia Cricket Club.
….. but it wasn’t until we reviewed the first draft, with Dr. Michael Hurdzan’s foreword, that we realized what we’d created was a study of the progression of style in golf course design over the last three centuries. As far as we know, nobody, has ever applied this level of detail toward visually presenting, the design elements, popular and implemented in golf course construction, in three different centuries, from the air. We wanted something new that had never been presented before, and the Philadelphia Cricket Club, being one of the few clubs in the World, maintaining three golf courses designed and constructed in three different centuries presented the perfect subject….
2009 Zanon, SA.
Desirables Trees For the Midwest
Trees are a beautiful and natural part of North American golf courses and landscapes, but in most cases, they have either been taken for granted or neglected. We have not had good information sources to refer to and rely on for selecting and caring for golf course trees. Until now that is. The result is a book that doesn’t’ just look good on the book shelf’ it also should become a well used source of information to improve the health and beneficial qualities of trees on golf courses and in the home landscape.
Miller, JC.
Tournament Management: A Superintendents Guide to Preparing a Golf Course for Competition
Every year thousands of golf tournaments are held across the globe, from high profile majors like the PGA Championship and British Open to smaller regional, amateur, and member-guest events. Superintendents are responsible for preparing the course in anticipation of a tournament and maintaining the course during the event. This book offers superintendents and allied professionals all the tools they need to prepare and maintain golf courses for tournaments. It offers practical guidelines for a successful tournament, from how to prepare greens, tees, fairways, bunkers and rough through cup-cutting, pest management, and fertilization prior to and during the tournament to tips on managing professional events.
2008 Daley, P.
Golf Architecture: A World Wide Perspective. Vol 4.
If the expression “books are windows to the world” is a truism, then nowhere is that more true than in the books on golf architecture by Paul Daley. This is the fourth volume in a series that didn’t seem as if it could get any better but it did…and that is the opinion of someone, me, who designs golf courses and is a voracious reader and collector of everything written on the subject…


2012 “Golf For Under A Million” pp. 104-108.
In Golf’s Grand Design: The Evolution of Golf Course Architecture in America. Cupp, B. & R. Whitten.
Golf’s Grand Design focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through present day featuring some of America’s best known and influential courses… Behind these unique courses are the colorful and creative individuals who helped fashion them. The rise of golf in America over the past 130 years is due in large part to the artistry of the people who design the courses where the game is played…
Including the writings of Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Tom Watson, Tom Fazio, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Rees Jones.
2009 "Scioto, Nicklaus, Technology & Me" pp. 49-58.
In Golf Architecture: A World Wide Perspective. Vol 5. Daley, P.
… The international who’s who in golf architecture explores the many facets of the craft while delving into the world’s most breathtaking models. Illustrated with crisp photographs and professional sketches, this collection of essays expresses the necessity for detailed scrutiny in every design… Determining the layout of a course is an undertaking that requires an artistic flair and love of sport, combined with the genius of an engineer. Stunning photography of rolling greens, pristine skylines, and menacing sand traps compliment this international journey. An exhibition of the world’s greatest golf course designs …
2008 The Evolution of Erin Hills, USA. pp. 101-107.
In Golf Architecture: A World Wide Perspective. Vol 4.
“A tired and trite cliché used by golf architects since the early days of Old Tom Morris is “god made the golf course and we only had to discover it”, but this was precisely the case at Erin Hills…well, almost.
Including the writings of Tom Doak, Brad Klein, Michael Fay and sponsorship by the Toro Co.
  Golf Digest. How Green Is Golf?
Golf Digest: What is the case against golf, environmentally speaking? 
Mike Hurdzan: Opponents of golf believe it’s an unnatural environment, and that we use too much water, fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels to maintain a plant material in an unnatural state…..

Magazine Publications (abbreviated)

2013 Beware of the Chinese Damsel. Asian Golf Business. pp. 8-15.
2012 My View of Turfgrass Management: 1960 Into The Future. Asian Golf Business. pp. 58-60.
New Golf Technology May Be Good For The Game. Asian Golf Business. pp. 26-29.
Why I Prefer Walking Golf. Asian Golf Business. pp. 69-70.
The Importance of Research To Chinese Golf. Golf People (China). pp. 62-64.
The Joy of Golf Collecting. Golfweek (China). p.23
Culturally Different Golf. Golfweek (China). p.88
2011 The New Golden Age of Golf Course Design. Asian Golf Business. pp. 84-85.
Are Celebrity Architects Qualified to Design Golf Courses? Golf People (China). pp. 82-84.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Golf Development in China. Golf People (China). pp. 70-72.
The History, Theory and Folly of Rough. Golf People (China). pp. 96-99.
Future Growth of Golf in China. Golfweek (China) p.36
Integrity is the Heart of Golf. Golfweek (China) p.98
Modernizing Historic & Traditional Golf Course. Golf People (China). pp.60-63
How Long Should A Golf Course Be. Golf People (China). pp.66-67
Future Paths for Golf Course Development. Golf People (China). pp.66-69
Golf and The Government: Part I. Golfweek (China). p.96
Golf and The Government: Part II. Golfweek (China). p.88
2011-p Golf Architecture. Golf Digest (China). 24 part, monthly series.
2008 Bunker Restoration: A Golf Course Architects Personal Philosophy. Golf Course Architecture Magazine. pp. 58-60.
Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design – The Company. Brilliant Results Magazine.
2007 Collecting Memorabilia of Golf Course Architecture. Golf Course Architecture Magazine.
2005 The Cayman Controversy: The Emperor’s New Clothes? Golf Course News.
2000 The Use of Computer’s In Golf Architecture. Links To The Past Magazine.
1998 Clarifying The California Greens. Golf Course News.
Legal Liabilities of Golf Green Construction. Golf Course News.
Redesigning & Establishing an Existing Putting Green. Golf Course News.
1997 Concepts in Golf Course Design. Golf Course News.
Design Trends in Golf Courses and Golf Layouts. Golf Course News.
Dry Weather Effects On Golf Course Construction. Golf Course News.
Golf Course Design: Following A Formula For Profit. Golf Course News.
How to Build A Golf Course For Only 1 Million Dollars. Golf Course News.
Improvement Studies: Master and Long Range Planning. Golf Course News.
Native Americans: A Commentary. Landscape Management.
Thirty-Five Years of Evolution in Golf Course Design. Landscape Management.
Yankee Ingenuity. Golf Course News.
Wetlands. Golf Course News.
1994 Creating the Pulpit. Golf Business.
Defending the Golf Course: It’s More Than Just A Game. Golf Illustrated.
1993 How to Become A Golf Course Architect. Leisure Management International.
1991 Micro Climate: Keys To Successful IPM. Golf Course Management.
1990 Golf Courses and The Environment. Parks & Recreation Magazine.
1989 Celebrity Designers: Pro & Con. Golf Course News.
Danger! Green Master.
Golf Course Planning Process. Golf Course Management.
Strategic Design. Golf Business.
1988 Trends, Traditions & Visions For Tomorrow. Golf Course Management. pp. 2-6
Blue Ash: Ohio Management Innovation. Golf Business.
1987 Planning and Siting of Golf Courses. Golf Course Management.
Role of Turf Manager in Dealing with Environmental Issues. Golf Business.
1986 Nature on the Golf Course. Golf Course Management. 28-38.
Expanding/Remodeling Your Golf Course. Golf Business.
Grasses & Wildflowers. Golf Course Management.
1985 Building the Course: Toward a Mutual Understanding. Golf Course Management pp.22-32.
Club Planning: Lines Form Early for Profitable Golf. Public Works Magazine.
Golf Course Design (Topic 203). Western Landscaping Magazine.
The Golf Course Builder: An Unsung Hero. Weeds, Trees & Turf.
1984 Are Golf Cars Good For the Game? (w/ Pete Dye). Golf Magazine.
Executive is Not a Dirty Word. PGA Magazine.
Proceed With Caution. Golf Course Management.
Pro Design. Golf Course Management.
1983 Charting The Course: Speed, Slope, Skill. Golf Course Management.
Master Planning (Topic 103). Lakeshore News.
Why Golf Is So Popular in Ohio. Ohio Magazine.
1980 Defending the Value of Golf Courses. Weeds, Trees & Turf. pp.19-24
Design & Specifications Related to Maintenance. Weeds, Trees & Turf.
Remodeling on A Budget. Golf Business.
1979 Public Golf Design: Cut Costs, Build Profits. Weeds, Trees & Turf.
1978 The History, Theory & Folly of Roughs. Golf Business.
1972 Pride Beat The Steam Drill. USGA Green Section Record.


2012 World Golf Foundation National Golf Day
1 of 5 "Story Tellers" selected to represent the Golf Course Industry on Capitol Hill (Washington, D.C.)
Golf is so much more than a game – it’s an industry that contributes billions each year to local, state and national economies, and employs more than 2 million people nationwide. This is the story that will be told on Capitol Hill April 18, National Golf Day, by members of GCSAA’s board of directors, Government Relations Committee and staff, GCSAA storytellers, and allied golf organizations CMAA, NGCOA and the PGA of America. For the initiative, which is part of the We Are Golf coalition, GCSAA will educate lawmakers about the U.S. golf industry’s economic, environmental and social contributions.
  Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Adjunct Professor
2009-p Golf Digest Magazine
Green Star Awards Panelist (1 of 14)
The goal of the Green Star Awards is to identify a small number of the most outstanding environmental leaders in golf. In this inaugural ranking, we focused on resorts because they are the facilities that have the hardest challenge: They are most in the public eye, their customers are increasingly asking questions about environmental commitment, and they are where we expected to find the best ideas and the most innovation — things that ideally every golf facility can emulate.
2004 World Golf Foundation/National Golf Foundation
Member of Steering Committee
Golf 20/20 Conference
2002-8 Golf Course News
Editorial Board Member
Monthly Columnist
2002 WOSU 34 Auction
Honorary Auction Chairman
Golf Outing Chairman
1998 PGA Tour
Agronomy Advisory Board
1995 Golf and the Environment Initiative
Member, National Steering Committee
Member, Board of Directors
The EPA Wetlands Division joined an existing initiative to find common ground between the golf industry and the environmental community, and to advance golf course environmental responsibility. This initiative has consisted of a series of meetings including representatives of organizations such as American Farmland Trust, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, National Wildlife Federation, United States Golf Association, and Golf Digest. The first round of meetings yielded a carefully crafted set of Environmental Principles for Golf Courses in the United States that was endorsed by over 20 organizations, including the EPA. 
1994-p Fore Hope
Past Chairman of the Board
Fore Hope is a nationally recognized, non-profit organization that uses golf as an instrument to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, illness, injury, inactive lifestyle and other life challenges.
1985-8 National Golf Foundation
Board of Directors
Board of Regents
1984-p American Society of Golf Course Architects
Past President (1984)
Past Board of Governors
Environmental Impact Committee
Professional Development Committee
1982-p United States Golf Association
Green Section Committee
Architectural Archive Committee
1977 American Society of Landscape Architects
Co-chair Student Services Committee
Student Representative to Board of Trustees

Invited Lectures

2011 Keynote Speaker
“The Future of Golf in China”
National Golf Club General Managers (of China)
  Keynote Speaker
“Green: Golf and Environment”
Asian Pacific Golf Summit, Bangkok, Thailand
FarmLinks "Business of Agronomy"
Toro International Golf Guest Program
2001-10 Principal Instructor
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
“Golf Greens: History, Theory, Construction & Maintenance”
2000 Keynote Speaker
World Scientific Congress of Golf
1995-02 Instructor
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
“Golf Course Environmental Considerations"
1994-00 Instructor
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
“Golf Course Design Construction, and Renovation for IPM (Integrated Pest Management)”
1989-93 Instructor
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
“Golf Course safety, Security and Risk Management”
1985-p Golf and The Environment
International guest speaker at meetings in Mexico, England, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Scotland and Australia
1983-8 Instructor
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
“Golf Course Construction Techniques and Project Management”
1976 Instructor
The Ohio State University
“Advanced Turfgrass Course”


American Society of Golf Course Architects
American Society of Landscape Architects
United States Golf Association
Golf Collector’s Society
National Golf Foundation
Golf Writers Association of America
National Stereoscopic Society
International Turfgrass Society
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Shivas Irons Society
O.J. Noer Research Foundation
Keepers of the Green (St. Andrews, Scotland)
Special Forces Association (Life Member)
Musser International Turfgrass Foundation


Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan Endowment Fund
Environmental Institute For Golf
Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan has established an endowment fund with the EIFG for the purpose of funding environmental research on golf courses. As part of GCSAA’s general call for proposals, researchers are encouraged to apply for funding under this program for research pertaining to water quality, integrated pest management, best management practices, wildlife management, reduction in pesticide use, or any project related to maintaining and protecting the environment.
Jack Kidwell Scholarship Fund
The Columbus Foundation
Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan established this endowment fund after the passing of his business partner and “second father”, Jack Kidwell, a man who worked and lived his life with a level of decency most of us will never attain. Born from a humble sharecropping family in central Ohio, Jack became a Class A PGA Pro, GCSAA Class A Superintendent, Member and Past President of the ASGCA and Member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame – but most importantly, he was a friend, and often a role model or mentor, to all he met. This Scholarship functions to assist those college students who live their lives consistent with the way Jack led his, and to ensure his legacy lives forever.

Personal Interests

  Collecting antique golf memorabilia
Specializing in books, sheet music and wood shaft clubs
One of thelargest privately held collections of golf antiquities in the world
  World Super Kart road racing
Venues include Daytona International, Laguna Seca, Road America, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen
Multi-time club champion, 250cc, twin cylinder division
  Fore Hope
A nationally recognized, not for profit organization founded in 1989 and based in Columbus, OH that uses golf as an instrument to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities, illness, injury, inactive lifestyle and other life challenges. Fore Hope was one of the first to provide a therapeutic approach to golf by creating a program for persons of all ages, disabilities and economic backgrounds, while assisting them with their physical and emotional development.
  Special Forces Association
The voice for the Special Forces community which perpetuates Special Forces Traditions and Brotherhood, advances the public image of Special Forces and promotes the general welfare of the Special Forces Community