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Ernie Els Design is proud to announce that its Design Associate Thad Bell has been awarded membership of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

Thad has been part of the team at Ernie Els Design since 2006, when he directed the implementation of the award-winning Anahita Four Seasons golf course on the island of Mauritius. That course has since hosted several professional tour events including the 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the first ever tri-sanctioned tournament by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour. Thad is now leading Ernie Els Design’s expansion into Asian golf as the Regional Director of the company’s Asia-Pacific office. He becomes the second member of the Ernie Els Design team to become a member of the ASGCA. The company’s Senior Design Associate Greg Letsche is already a member.

Founded in 1946, the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) is the oldest and most revered professional organisation of golf course designers in America. Among its founders were the legendary architects Donald Ross and Robert Trent Jones Snr. Its current members include Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. The missions of the ASGCA are much the same as when the original members outlined the Articles of Incorporation:

  • Foster the game of golf, its growth and advancement.
  • Foster professionalism of ASGCA members through education, promotion and fellowship of the world’s leading golf course architects.
  • Support design excellence by creating golf courses that are technically, strategically and aesthetically excellent while meeting the economic, environmental and other needs of golf course owners, developers and communities.
  • Expand the opportunities of ASGCA members to better serve their clients and the game of golf.

“Becoming a member of the ASGCA has been a professional goal of mine since I started working in golf course design,” commented Thad. “As a designer working on many projects for Ernie Els Design around the world, I have had the opportunity to work on many unique sites and am excited to be a part of the ASGCA. It is gratifying to note that the numerous projects that I have worked on together with Ernie Els Design have been highly regarded and recognised within the profession. I am very proud to be part of the ASGCA golf course design legacy and look forward to continue working on new golf course designs around the world.”

Meanwhile, Thad’s fellow ASGCA member and colleague at Ernie Els Design, Greg Letsche, commented, “I’m very pleased Thad has been accepted into the ASGCA, he is a very talented designer and will be a dedicated member of the society.”

Ernie Els Design’s portfolio of golf courses has a global dimension. Currently, there are 15 courses and renovations open for play and at least the same number again in various stages of planning and construction. Please click here to see the full list of projects.

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