The Designer

For his design expertise, Ron has received numerous design accolades throughout his career including being awarded ‘ Golf Designer of the Year’ by International Network of Golf. His educational background, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, with a specialization in turf grasses, has made him a leading authority in the golf industry. Ron was chosen to receive the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2003. He received his award at the Graduation Commencement for the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. In 2009, Ron was inducted into the Polk County Schools Hall of Fame for his signifcant contribution to the golf industry. Ron has extensive experience working with a great variety of diverse project sites. Known for his innovative routings and true to his philosophy that a course should “sit softly on the land,” Ron has set a unique standard for environmentally friendly projects that maximize and enhance the land’ s natural characteristics. His company’ s mission is “To design and build memorable courses that challenge players to excel and that everyone can enjoy.”

Course Owner

One of the many reasons that clients choose Ron Garl to design their courses is that Ron is a course owner, too. He appreciates that owning a golf course is a business and like any successful enterprise it must return a profit. He designs from inspiration, but always with an owner’ s business perspective in mind. And, as a passionate golfer, Ron knows what elements enhance and maintain golfer loyalty to a course and incorporates them throughout his creations. It’ s these nuances that make a business relationship with Ron most rewarding.

 

 

Ambassador

Ron is truly an ambassador to the game of golf. He is the current President of the Florida Golf Alliance, a coalition of golf groups for the betterment of golf in Florida. His love of the game and its history shows in his constant promotion of the game. His creation of Mega Practice Facilities was inspired by wanting to help golfers with their game; as his philosophy is, ‘ if you help golfers improve their game, they will remain loyal and stay in the game longer.’ A captivating speaker, Ron is a frequent lecturer at trade seminars and a visiting professor at the University of Florida.

“The game of golf is an ancient and honorable pastime. Its direct origin can be traced back five centuries to the links courses on the East coast of Scotland, where the game evolved and eventually spread throughout the world. It is unlike any other sport in that every course is unique and is an integral part of the enjoyment of the game. A game where strategy is as important as strength or skill and the ability to recover is limited only by your imagination.”
Golf and its traditions have stood alone in the face of the high technological world in which we live. Golf course architects have strived to maintain the legacy and heritage of the game and continue to find ways to wed these traditions with the digitized, electronic, fast-paced, modern world. Through these traditions we have proven time and time again that factors such as value, quality, tradition and excellent service...
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Few decisions will impact the quality of a project as much as the selection of the design team. In my opening paragraphs on "Site Selection" I discussed the importance of selecting an appropriate project site and suggested various methods, including retaining design professionals. To obtain the best site...one capable of producing a quality golf course and enviable lifestyle for your market...
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For his design expertise, Ron has received numerous design accolades throughout his career including being awarded ‘Golf Designer of the Year’ by International Network of Golf. His educational background, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, with a specialization in turf grasses, has made him a leading authority in the golf industry. Ron was chosen to receive the University of Florida’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2003. Read More..