Rod Whitman has designed world-class golf courses in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. He started his career in golf course architecture working for Pete Dye. Further, Rod has long assisted the firm of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw (Coore & Crenshaw) on the construction side of their designs.
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. For more information about Rod and his WAC Golf practice, click here.
"The most enduring golf courses aren’t created on a drawing board in a downtown office. 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
Rod launched his Canadian career with the design of Wolf Creek Golf Club in Ponoka, which opened in 1983. His designs are heralded as among the best in the country. Every one of his courses in Canada has held spots in the Top 100 Canadian Courses according to Score Golf Magazine. Most significantly, his design for the first course at Cabot Links is regarded as one of the Top 100 golf course designs in the world.
Golf du Médoc (Les Vignes)
Schloss Langenstein Der Country Club
Klub Golf Rimba Irian
Old Sandwich Golf Club
Sagebrush Golf Club
Wolf Creek Golf Resort (Old & Links)
Cabot Links (pictured)
Algonquin Golf Course
Cabot Revelstoke (Coming 2025)
Blackhawk currently ranks 15th 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. 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."
- Robert Thompson