Blackhawk Golf Course designed by Rod Whitman

Rod Whitman

Rod Whitman has designed and constructed highly-acclaimed golf courses all over the world, including modern iconic designs like Cabot Links, Sagebrush and Blackhawk.

Blackhawk Golf Club near Edmonton, Alberta opened for play in 2003 and currently ranks 14th on SCORE Golf magazine's list of the top-100 courses in Canada. "Blackhawk is a bold vision that is reminiscent of the best golf courses created in Canada by the likes of Stanley Thompson," writes golf architecture critic, Robert Thompson. "In fact, Blackhawk may have more in common with (Stanley) Thompson's work, including the great designer's predilection for wide fairways, strategic bunkering and occasionally wild greens, than any Canadian designer in the last fifty years."

Like his mentors Pete Dye and Bill Coore (Coore and Crenshaw, Inc.), Whitman understands the importance of detailed fieldwork. He spends an extraordinary amount of time on-site throughout the development of his golf course designs, and continues to personally carry out shaping work.

This type of dedication to his craft allows Whitman to continually study and tinker with preliminary design ideas throughout the construction process.

"The most enduring golf courses aren't created on a drawing board in a downtown office," says Whitman. "They're built by golf architects who spend an extraordinary amount of time on-site, in the dirt, throughout an entire project. It's the guys with dirt under their nails who will never build the worst courses and have a better chance to build the best."

Rod Whitman