Steve Kellman

Old Macdonald

Previous Next Old Macdonald Bandon Dunes Resort, Oregon2010 The fourth eighteen-hole course at Bandon Dunes Resort had a tough act to follow, as all three of its predecessors were ranked among the top 100 courses in America, and all of them had more oceanfront exposure. Our goal was simply to create a different experience that […]

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Streamsong Resort, Blue Course

Previous Next Streamsong Resort Blue Course Polk County, FL2013 What’s now one of the busiest and most heralded golf resorts in Florida is a reclamation project on the site of a former phosphate mine for The Mosaic Company, with the resort hotel on undisturbed ground 1/2 mile away. Tom Doak and Bill Coore worked together

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Dismal River – Red Course

Previous Next Dismal River – Red Course Mullen, NE2013 The second eighteen hole course for Dismal River Club, like the first, had to start and finish away from the clubhouse because of real estate and topography issues. What would distinguish it from the first course [and from its neighbor Sand Hills] was playing down to

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The Punchbowl

Previous Next The Punchbowl Bandon Dunes Resort Bandon, OR 2014 When we were building Pacific Dunes, we suggested building a giant putting green in back of the future clubhouse site: an ode to the Ladies’ Putting Green at St. Andrews, with its massive undulations and slopes. But the clubhouse was not yet designed, so there

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Medinah Country Club, Course One

Previous Next Medinah CC – Course One Medinah, IL 2014 Medinah Country Club used the proceeds from the 2012 Ryder Cup on Course #3 to fund the reconstruction of their members’ Course One. We began construction the day after the Europeans’ comeback victory in October 2012, and the course reopened for member play in 2014.

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Golf Course Design

Simapo Island

Previous Next Simapo Island GC Haikou, China2014  * closed 2015 * My associate Eric Iverson spent three years of his life traveling back and forth to China, to create a golf course that closed before it opened, due to the national government’s crackdown on its previously unenforced ban on new golf construction. The setting of

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Tara Iti

Previous Next Tara Iti GC Mangawhai, New Zealand2015 The acclaim for Tara Iti continues to astonish us, even though we are well aware of the charms of New Zealand. The oceanfront location of the project was a great start, but the entire site was covered by a commercial pine forest, so 100% of the golf

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The Loop at Forest Dunes

Previous Next The Loop Forest Dunes GC Roscommon, MI 2016 For thirty years, I had dreamt of building a golf course that could be played forwards or backwards. When our client Lew Thompson said he needed a course that would wow people, and make them want to stay over and play again the next day,

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