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. More importantly, our work is environmentally beneficial, economically successful and operationally efficient.


Project Updates / News

Park Ridge Country Club

July 20, 2020

Martin Design has completed a bunker renovation for this great private club.  Due to Covid-19, Wadsworth Golf Construction began in early spring and completed the entire renovation by August 1, 2020.   PARK RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB elected to use this time productively and began work. The work included improving bunker style, aesthetics, drainage, maintenance requirements, playability and relevance. Work was completed on time and on budget.

Settler's Hill Golf Course

July 20, 2020

After years attempting to accommodate a practice facility at Settler's Hill Golf Course in Geneva, Illinois work will begin later in 2020.  The permitting, regulatory and environmental issues presented at Settler's Hill are numerous. Ultimately, this new facility will be coordinated with a new clubhouse and clubhouse location for all visitors to Settlers Hill. This project includes a full refresh of the golf course including 2 new holes, drainage improvements, fully renovated greens, bunkers and tees, grassing and new irrigation along with the addition of a practice range and youth links. 

Naperville Park District Golf Courses

July 20, 2020

Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses have completed Master Improvement Planning. Improvements include Irrigation, drainage, bunkers, tees, tree cover, playability, maintenance issues, paths, tees and green surrounds will all be reviewed as part of the improvements.  Phasing options and implementation alternatives are being considered and detailed planning for both should begin this summer. 

Pottawatomie Golf Course

July 20, 2020

Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charlies, Illinois has seen the completion of a shoreline stabilization improvement. This iconic Robert Trent Jones Sr Golf course is home to the iconic third hole, playing to an island green in the Fox River.  This beautiful setting was eroding quickly.  Martin Design devised an improvement concept to stabilize the shoreline at the greenside, while accenting this beautiful landscape. 

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Making the Game Better


Our work is intentional.  We apply simple strategies 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. 

2020 - Martin Design  -   Est. 1991