Huxham Golf Design Inc.
is a fully diversified international award winning golf course
design firm. Darrell and Warren Huxham, the firms two
Principals, have a combined 40 years of experience and have been
involved in the design of over 50 golf courses worldwide. HGD offers
a complete range of services related to the feasibility, design,
construction and operational consulting of golf courses. HGD also
provides course remodeling services to over 25 existing courses
including some of Canada’s most notable golf courses.
have worked on golf course projects in countries across the globe,
including; Canada, Finland, Italy, Korea, Morocco, The United States
and the Caribbean. With international representatives located in
Brazil, Korea and Morocco, HGD is able to better serve our
clients, provide correspondence in their national languages and deal
with project issues in a timely fashion. We use a common sense, no
ego approach and invite our clients to be involved as much or as
little as they desire. With the HGD team you will always be
impressed with our innovative approach, creativity, competence and
attention to detail.
We have designed golf courses in a variety of different geographic
locations around the world and have worked on every conceivable site,
ranging from sandy sea-side settings to floodplains, to rolling
woodland properties to rugged mountain environments. We have
also worked in a variety of soil conditions including sand, clay,
peat, gravel and rock. These experiences have added to our design
diversity and allow us to properly assess each project’s
specific needs and assemble the most appropriate construction team.
We strive to exceed our client’s expectations and have made this our
Flow with the natural features:
On sites that exhibit attractive natural character, HGD believes the
golf course should flow with the natural terrain and take advantage
of any existing features. With the right routing a golf course can
require minimal earthmoving and shaping to create something truly
special and timeless. When extensive earth works and shaping
required, we believe in creating natural looking land forms and do
not believe in contrived, overly shaped features.
Transformation of an average site:
Unfortunately, ideal sites are not always available and it is here
that an architect's competence and imagination can truly be
demonstrated. The transformation of an average site into a visually
dramatic layout is where we pride ourselves most. Several of our
award winning courses, such as;
Equinelle, were created on
somewhat flat sites with limited natural features. On sites of this
nature, we take pride in being able to create courses that exhibit
impressive visual character, unique memorable holes and exciting
strategic shot options.
itself on creating visually stunning, playable golf courses that are a balanced
collection of unique and non-repetitive holes. We like to include flowing land
forms, expansive water features, contrasting turf varieties and creative
bunkering to accent the strategic character of the course. We enjoy creating
elevated, centrally located vantage points, where panoramic views and heroic
tee shots can be experienced. We believe in making all features and hazards
visible, so we can excite and entice the golfer and provide the necessary
information to assess strategic shot options or risk-reward challenges.
Appear Challenging, play fair:
The strategic positioning of greens, tees, water features and
bunkers combined with design elements, such as; multiple tee decks,
concave fairways, off-set bunkering, amphitheatre green settings and
bail zone shot options can create the illusion that the course is
difficult, when in reality it can play very fair and be accommodating.
host of the 2009 Telus World Skins, is a
strong example of a course that exhibits challenging characteristics
for the PGA Pro’s, yet is enjoyable and fair to play for the overall
membership. We want all players regardless of ability to be
enthusiastic and excited about hitting their next shot and feel good
after they come off one of our courses.
Design styles and the Marketplace
HGD respects that every course has its own target market and it is vital to its
success to develop an appropriate design style. We have designed numerous award
winning resort and mountain style courses such as
As well as other traditional style membership
courses such as
repetitive play by a core membership group. Other styles include public &
tournament courses such as
maintenance and operational issues have to be addressed. We have also created
award winning executive courses and utilized Links style themes to give a course
a unique competitive edge when compared to other local courses. We limit our use
of Penal designs as they adversely affect speed of play and overall enjoyment which
are problematic factors in today’s marketplace.
Stimulating, Challenging and Memorable:
We have designed
courses of all varieties from executive courses, to mountain courses, to
championship layouts that have hosted PGA and Champions Tour Pro’s.
Within all these designs HGD believes
all golfers regardless of gender or ability should be
challenged and rewarded equally. We want the golfer to
have enjoyed their round and to want to come back, because
the course they have just played was stimulating,
challenging and memorable.
HGD President, Darrell Huxham on site at