Day Three of Ontgolf.ca’s Canadian Architecture Review, detailing the peaks and valleys of Canada’s golf designers.
Architect: Gary Browning/Wade Horrocks
Years in industry: 20+
Recent work: New course at Stewart Creek GC, Canmore, B.C., Blue Devil in Calgary
Renovation work: Glencoe GC (Calgary)
Key course: Stewart Creek GC, Canmore, B.C.
- A regional designer who has demonstrated an ability to work with difficult sites
- Playing strategies and aesthetics have garnered praise
- Horrocks construction background gives firm a competitive edge
- Both Horrocks and Browning are articulate and sharp salesmen for their particular brand of golf
- Barely known outside of Alberta
- Poor marketing “ little web presence and not widely recognized
- His key course “ Stewart Creek “ has 17 good holes and one real dog
Overview: Brownings work at Stewart Creek garnered a lot of attention and continues to rank highly among Canadian courses. Until recently he had not found another project that could propel him into the ranks of the likes of Thomas McBroom or Doug Carrick. However, his Blue Devil course, for the Shaw family (a possible Canadian Open venue?), could again elevate his profile, as will the second course at Stewart Creek, a wider, more resort-style affair. Browning and Horrocks have intentionally stayed close to home “ which means few outside of Alberta are aware of the firm.
Whats possible?: If the second course at Stewart Creek matches the lofty standards of the first and Blue Devil is a hit, it’ll be hard for those in the industry to ignore the firms talent.