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Creators of award-winning resort, daily fee and private golf courses world-wide, including courses listed within the Top 10 "America's Best New Course" from Golf Digest Magazine, America's 100 Best Residential Courses from Golfweek Magazine and “2012 Renovation of the Year” from Golf Inc. Magazine, this Central Texas-based and Saint Simons Island, Georgia, -based firm is led by American Society of Golf Course Architects associate member Randy Russell.   
Environmental Commitment
At RussellGolf Design, we take pride in our environmental record.  For years, we have worked hard to minimize site disturbance, promote organic applications, and specify environmentally sensitive building materials in our golf course design approach. We will continue to refine efforts in these areas and stay current on related state of the art industry methods. 
Randy’s agronomy background and his years with the City of Austin, Texas, allow him to aggressively  and creatively address environmental concerns.  As the first to develop and institute the concept of best management practices (“BMP”) in the City of Austin, Randy routinely incorporates BMP, turfgrass management plan principles and Environmental Principles for Golf Courses, developed by a group of leading golf and environmental organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, into his designs.  Because his designs attempt to minimize turf area to the extent possible without compromising the quality of the course and installs features to capture and to reuse water, Randy’s golf courses achieve a level of environmental sustainability unparalleled by courses whose commitment begins after the design process is complete.  Randy is able to take the golf course “of the grid” as much as practical, if not totally off, by considering innovative power supplies, water source and BMP’s for course operations, and his own operations experience, allowing him to effectively factor in the impact and potential long term cost of design decisions on not just capital cost but on future operations.  Randy applies these same principles to each land plan that he works with clients to create thus allowing each community to seamlessly integrate into its environment.  The idea is that anything he does is gently laid upon the earth.
Our primary focus, however, is on one of earth’s most precious resources – water.  Water conservation techniques are not only our fundamental responsibility, but are important to our industry and the global growth of the wonderful game of golf, as real water savings also mean real cost savings.  The following methods are among those we are using to meet this goal:
Minimize maintainable turf to reduce water consumption where possible;
Utilize the most efficient, technologically advanced irrigation systems;
Focus more on strategy and shot making value than on golf course length;
Specify increased use of native grasses and indigenous plant material outside play areas;
Use site-specific salt and drought tolerant grasses to reduce water consumption and chemical dependency;
Specify applications that prevent water contamination issues;
Use of effluent water when possible; and
Create a drainage system that retains rain water for reuse.