The American Society of Golf Course Architects has added ASGCA past president Jeff Brauer to its staff as director of outreach. The new position is designed to advance the goals, benefits and positive impact of the ASGCA and its members, develop deeper partnerships with allied associations and others, organize educational events; and expand the influence of ASGCA in the golf world.
A University of Illinois graduate with a degree in landscape architecture, Brauer has designed more than 50 new courses and remodeled more than 80 courses during his golf course architecture career, starting in his native Chicago before moving to Arlington, Texas.
Brauer is also a prolific author. He wrote the long-running Design Concepts column for Golf Course Industry from 2004 to 2019, and more recently served as lead author on “Designs on a Better Golf Course: Practical answers to common questions for Green Committees” from the ASGCA Foundation.
“Jeff is a great addition to the ASGCA team,” ASGCA president Jason Straka said. “His commitment and passion for ASGCA is apparent to anyone he has met. He is a wonderful person to speak on behalf of ASGCA and our members, especially as we all navigate the changes taking place in golf and golf course development.”
As part of this new role, which begins in February, Brauer will also serve the ASGCA Foundation, connecting with men and women across the golf industry to support Foundation initiatives, including supporting the game’s growth, serving the profession of golf course architecture and helping golf courses be more successful.
“This position is about connecting people and uniting everyone from golf course architects and builders to owners and regulators, and there is no doubt Jeff is the right person for the job,” said ASGCA executive director Chad Ritterbusch. “Jeff will also be an educator, from webinars to simple conversations, to ensure people have an accurate understanding how today’s golf courses are created and bring value to their communities.”