Dr. Col. (R-USAR Special Forces) Michael J. Hurdzan is an internationally sought after authority on golf course design, renovation and the environment who, on February 2013, joined Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. as the fifth man in the history of golf to hold the non-playing equivalent of golf’s major championship “grand slam” – as recipient of the highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (Donald Ross award), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (Old Tom Morris Award) and the Golf Course Builder’s Association of America (Don A. Rossi award).
In a career spanning 55+ years, which began as an apprentice to the late American Society of Golf Course Architects Past President and fellow Ohio Golf Hall of Fame inductee Jack Kidwell, Dr. Hurdzan is the author of 100+ popular articles and 6 books, including, Golf Course Architecture: Evolutions in Design, Construction, and Restoration Technology, regarded by Golf Digest magazine Senior Architectural Editor Ron Whitten as “the modern bible of golf course design.”
Projects bearing the Hurdzan name can be found on 5 continents, including numerous “Top 100” designs in both the United States and Canada. He is credited with the design of the first Environmental Demonstration Golf Course in the United States (Widows Walk) and the first Environmental Education Golf Course (Farm Links). Dr. Hurdzan currently practices golf course architecture with his son, 18-year associate and now business partner Dr. Christopher M. Hurdzan, from their 5,000 sq. ft. office in Columbus OH, which serves to display one the largest private collections of golf antiquities in the Americas.