Dick Phelp's signature is on courses in 15 states and Canada. Dick and son, Rick have been personally involved in more than 400 projects in full design, renovation, expansion or re-modeling in the decades since Dick left Iowa State University in 1963 with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in landscape architecture.
Born and schooled in Colorado Springs, Phelps has been incredibly kind to both golfers and the environment from the moment he got into the design business. He has been most prolific in the production of public courses, virtually all of them extremely user-friendly to the golfers who have grown weary trying to extract golf balls and themselves from cavernous bunkers, excessive water hazards as well as monstrous greens. Dick's trademark is that of human-kindness -- or if you prefer, golfer-kindness. His philosophy is upfront, with no blind shots. "I like to show golfers the trouble," he said. "They can flirt with danger all they want, but I'll do what I can to warn them first."
Dick was a 1998 inductee to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. Colorado is home to the majority of his projects and where his roots and heart are anchored.