Golf Course Architecture

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We are inspired to offer highly engaging, beautiful, strategic and environmentally beneficial golf architecture.


As stewards of the environment and caretakers of golf we are privileged to develop courses that will be recognized as classic tests of golf and an exceptional benefit to the community. Our success can be traced to a commitment to the client, the game of golf and our respect for the land.


We have projects that are award winning and have received critical acclaim.  But more importantly, our work is environmentally beneficial, economically successful and operationally efficient.


Project Updates & News

Park Ridge Country Club

Completed Renovation

This past spring, while Illinois was in lockdown, Park Ridge Country Club started renovation of the Herbert Tweedie-designed golf course at Park Ridge Country Club.  This renovation updated golf course features, refreshed the playing strategy and improved the infrastructure including bunkers, drainage, minor grading, limited green and tee expansions.

Chris Clark, Green Chairman for Park Ridge said “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and the membership has been energized and engaged throughout this process. The visual effects, the layering of the bunkers, and the playability have been enhanced tremendously.” He added, “Our goal was to ensure that Park Ridge Country Club remains one of the finest golf experiences in the area. In these uncertain times, it is critical to have a top-notch golf facility.”

This summer, Park Ridge Country Club will host the Women's Western Amateur Championship. 


River Forest Country Club

Tee Improvements Planned for this fall

River Forest Country Club will see improvements to their tees and practice amenities this fall.  As part of ongoing Long-term improvement plans and strategies, Martin Design Golf will be improving the tee surfaces and expanding tee options and yardage variations for RFCC.  Ultimately, RFCC will offer yardages from 4,700 yards to over 6,900 yds. with long, low profile runway tees.

Additionally, the Practice Tee will be expanded and the Practice Green will be enlarged and rebuilt.  All of these improvements are part of a Long Range Improvement Plan that was developed over the last few years for River Forest Country Club.


Settlers Hill Golf Course

Under Construction

 This past fall, we have: Completed the shaping and drainage of the Youth Links – a four-hole golf course with holes ranging from 50 to 110 yards and providing a large central area that offers shots to multiple greens for instruction; Completed the shaping of the new practice range consisting of a large 36,000 sf. grass tee, an all-weather tee and multiple targets; Installed the wet well for the new irrigation system; Completed clearing to accommodate improvements on various holes.

Ultimately, Settlers Hill will have 18 renovated golf holes on this magnificent property [with returning 9’s], a full practice range, youth links with a new drainage and irrigation system.  The golfers of central Kane County should be very excited. Greg Martin, Architect states “I am thrilled with the progress and the improvements.  This landscape is so dynamic, tailoring the feature development to the scale of the property is vital.  I am excited to see how these improvements are fitting together.”


Opening is tentatively scheduled for mid-summer of 2022.

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Springbrook & Naperbrook Golf Courses

Planning for Upcoming Construction

Martin Design has completed Long-Range Improvement Plans for both golf courses to determine optimum budgeting and construction phasing. In the coming years, Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses will be seeing improvement.  


This fall will see improvements to both courses. Springbrook will have major drainage improvements installed in anticipation of future golf course improvements. This two-phased improvement will allow golf to be played for the full year in ’21 while installing the main framework of the drainage system ready for future tee, bunker and circulation improvements.


Naperbrook Golf Course will see improvements to the Practice area.  The practice tee will be expanded, the practice green will be redeveloped, and the area will be prepped for a large outing shelter to be constructed at a future date.  

Making the Game Better


Our work is intentional.  We apply simple strategies, tailored for each project, each client, each market and each site so that the game becomes more interesting, more environmentally beneficial, resilient, easier to maintain and simpler to operate.  These strategies make the game more fun, more engaging, and more spirited.  If golfers are hopeful and engaged they will return, again and again.  


Isn’t that the point.