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Todd is founder and Senior Golf Architect of GrassRoots Golf Design | iCon Golf Studio. He is an award-winning designer and accomplished shaper with a 25-year career spanning golf course planning, design, renovation, construction, maintenance and operations.
Todd graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Design receiving an MLA with Highest Distinction and was presented the American Society of Landscape Architect’s (ASLA) Honor Award. Todd is a seasoned professional in all areas critical to implementing a successful golf course project from planning through implementation, including site analyses, planning, design, budgeting/scheduling and construction phase services.
Todd specializes in creating successful golf course projects, with a focus on big, bold new designs, along with renovating/remodeling classic courses. His work spans the country being recognized as high-quality, memorable golf courses with interesting routings and playing strategies on a variety of site conditions.
Todd is passionate about design and is a student of classic golf course architecture and has had the privilege of working with some of the industry’s leading tour players, designers, and operators, including Hale Irwin, Phil Mickelson, Bob Cupp, John Fought, and Tom Lehman.
Todd is considered an expert on sustainable golf courses, alternative golf courses, stormwater management, future golf trends and re-visioning community golf courses. Todd is a frequent speaker at the Golf Industry Show and is a long-time member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America, the Donald Ross Society and the Seth Raynor Society.
We believe in a resurgence of the game, a return to its humble beginnings where one engaged with the physical environment in a test against nature, the elements, the landscape and oneself on an ever-changing playing-field. When Par had yet to be invented. When strategy trumped distance. When golf was inspirational. When golf was growing. When golf was motivating. We believe in a GrassRoots philosophy to grow the game and golf courses that reflect this philosophy — evolving the nature of golf for all!
We believe intense and sensitive analysis of the environment dictates a style for each individual course we design. Golf courses are not created from formulas dictated by a book and a set of instructions, there are exceptions to the "rules" of golf design. Some parcels of land require little earth-moving as a result of their inherent natural beauty. More often today, new golf properties and the remodel of existing golf courses have fewer ‘God-given’ golf natural features and therefore require a more creative vision and physical shaping. In both scenarios, the existing landscape and desire to engage the player remains the foundation for our design, whether through subtle restraint or bold expression.