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Golf Course Architecture

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


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 your golf course 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. 

Project Updates & News
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Settlers HIll Golf Course

Completed Construction

Settlers HIll had a late season soft opening this fall.  Area golfers, anxiously awaiting its arrival, poured in to see the changes on this fantastic property.  This fantastic property is blessed with topography not normal in Central Kane County and challenged with the issues that accompany a landfill golf course.  

If this fall was any indication, next year will provide successful for Settlers Hill and the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. 

Springbrook Golf Course

Construction Complete


The Oaks Golf Course

Completed Construction

The Oaks was refreshed with new bunkers this summer.  A delay in this project due to covid, The Oaks systematically renovated its bunkers over the summer months along with a full reconstruction of hole #2 green.  Reviews are great and this local favorite is ready for 2023.

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Maple Meadows Golf Course

Master Planning Underway

Martin Design, working closely with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Staff is finalizing a development plan for Maple Meadows.  

This complex property, situated adjacent to the recently completed and highly successful The Preserve at Oak Meadows, has equally enormous potential. Planning has revealed a variety of improvement options. Each concept was analyzed to determine if it met the many established goals for the project. Martin Design is working systematically to outline next steps of improvement. 


Village Links of Glen Ellyn

Master Planning Underway

Martin Design is preparing a Master Improvement Plan for the Village Links of Glen Ellyn.  This challenging favorite has hosted multiple qualifiers and state championships but after 20 years of wear and tear, it needs a refresh.  Martin Design is focusing on bunkers and playability for this magnificent property. 

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Orchard Valley Golf Course

Renovation planned for '24-'25

after preparing a Master Plan in 2016 and updating that plan with Capital Improvement Plan in 2022, Martin Design is now proceeding to fully refresh Orchard Valley in the coming years.  Improvements to the bunkers, tees, paths, irrigation, and some new greens to go with full renovation to the practice amenities and clubhouse surrounds.


A final construction schedule will be determined later this year.

Willow Hill Par 3

Willow Hill Golf Course

Par 3 Course 

Willow Hill will add a unique 9-hole par 3 adventure to its regulation nine-hole golf course. These nine holes will be sited on the side of the Willow HIll Landfill and host dynamic short holes with heavily contoured greens and great views. 


Construction is expected in 2023 and will provide a fun alternative for young or old on this distinct property. 

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.


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