The latest installment investigating Canadian golf designers.
Architect: Kevin Holmes (MBTW)
Associate: Jonathan Joyce)
Years in industry: 13
Best courses: Crimson Ridge (Sault. St. Marie); Heron Landing (Fort Frances, Ont.); Watson’s Glen (Ajax, Ont.)
Current Projects: Expansion at Tillsonburg Golf & CC; renovations at Huron Oaks GC in Sarnia, Ont.; New course at Cardinal near Newmarket, Ont.
- Works well with smaller budgets, creating courses that are economic successes for owners.
- Strong use of natural landscape at places like Crimson Ridge.
- Willing to try some ambitious concepts, even if they don’t always work out ( like the fall away green on the 4th hole at Watson’s Glen
- His courses are often built in areas removed from large urban centers, meaning few industry people ever get to play them.
- Smaller budget projects (see Watson’s Glen) often show a lack of a coherent thematic approach
- Attempts at more elaborate design features have occasionally been unsuccessful (like the awful pot bunkers t Watson’s Glen, which were the result of pressure from the owner), or the
Overview: Holmes’ name is not immediately recognizable to many as he works under the MBTW banner. But he’s shown the ability to pull off some top grade projects in recent years, including the occasionally spectacular Crimson Ridge in Sault St. Marie. Holmes has not had the opportunity to work in high profile markets or with larger budgets that might better display and determine his talent.
What’s possible?: With a bigger budget project in the right market, Holmes could draw some attention to his abilities.