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Randolph P. Russell

Individually, American Society of Golf Course Architects member, Randolph P. Russell (“Randy”) has enjoyed a long and successful history in golf course architecture and other aspects of the golf industry.  He began his career as an associate with legendary PGA professional Gary Player’s and Ron Kirby’s golf course architecture firm.  Since that time, he has designed and remodeled a number of courses both independently and in collaboration with Tom Kite, Lee Trevino and others, and has worked on a wide variety of terrains including the challenging flats of South Texas and Northern Louisiana, the dramatic, rocky landscape of Central Texas, Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, the Philippine rainforest and the beach front of Puerto Rico.  Through the years, Randy has executed a portfolio of nearly 40 projects in the United States, Puerto Rico and Asia.
In addition to his design experience, Randy has over two decades of environmental planning and highly profitable management and operations experience, including twenty-two years of operations experience with high volume public golf.  Randy’s partnerships with and work for various municipalities, including the City of Austin, Texas, have been very successful and have covered management and operation of existing courses and the design of new courses and remodel of existing layouts.  In one instance, Randy even turned an annual $300,000.00 negative balance sheet to a profit within 18 months time.  
In fact, from within the City of Austin, Randy planned, budgeted, developed, designed and operated the Roy Kizer Golf Course, which reclaimed an abandoned wastewater treatment plant and created a bird sanctuary and an excellent course.  Also a recent pairing with the State of Louisiana resulted in the Black Bear Golf Club, which opened in July 2006; this course was developed as part of Poverty Point Reservoir State Park.  Black Bear Golf Club has been named as one of the top new golf tracks in the United States in the annual rankings of Best New Courses by Golf Digest magazine and was rated as the nation’s seventh-best new golf course with green fees less than $75.  Randy also remodeled A.W. Tillinghast’s Swope Memorial Golf Course, which has since received a number of accolades and hosted a number of tournaments including, an United States Golf Association Amateur Public Links Championship.
Randy received degrees from Mississippi State University in Agronomy, Turfgrass Management and from Mississippi College in Biology.


  1. Mississippi State University, State College, Mississippi

  2. Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Turfgrass Management, 1973

  3. Mississippi College, Clinton, Mississippi,

  4. Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1968


  1. Associate Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects

  2. Renovation of the Year.  Golf Inc. Magazine.

  3. Rayburn Country Golf Club, 2012  (2nd Place).

  4. Top 10 "America's Best New Course.”  Golf Digest Magazine.

  5. Shadowglen Golf Club, 2004.

  6. Black Bear Golf Course, 2007. 

  7. Architecture Award for Best Courses in Texas.  Golf Digest Magazine.

  8. Comanche Trace Golf Club, 2007/2008.

  9. America's 100 Best Residential Courses.  Golfweek Magazine.

  10. Comanche Trace Golf Club, 2005/2006.