About the author
Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, ASGCA Fellow
Dr. Hurdzan is also Colonel Hurdzan (Ret., USAR Special
Forces), and an internationally sought after authority on
golf course design, renovation and the environment.
In February 2013 he joined Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer,
Byron Nelson, Robert Trent Jones,Sr.,Pete Dye, and close
friend Rees Jones as the only men in golf history to hold
the non-playing equivalent of golf's major championships
"grand slam" as recipients of the highest honor bestowed
by the American Society of Golf Course Architects
(Donald Ross Award), the Golf Course Superintendents
Association of America (Old Tom Morris Award), and the
Golf Course Builder's Association of America (Don A.
Rossi Award). He is Past President and fellow of the
American Society of Golf Course Architects, a member
of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, and an USGA
Dr. Hurdzan has written over 100 popular articles and
6 books on golf courses and golf course architecture, to
include Golf Course Architecture: Evolutions in Design,
Construction and Restoration Technology, that has been
translated into German, Korean, and Chinese. His
influence of course design is recognized globally.
Over the past 40 years he has developed a personal and professional
interest in the interrelationship of golf and law, particularly negligence
and liability lawsuits. He has been an expert witness in over 160 cases
ranging from wrongful death to non-payment of contractors. This book
is based on that accumulated knowledge, experience and training.
He currently practice golf course design with his son
and business partner, Dr. Christopher M. Hurdzan, MBA,
from their 5,000 square foot office in Columbus, Ohio,
which serves to display one of he largest private
collections of golf antiquities in the world.