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Though ASGCA founding member Wayne B. Stiles was never formally trained in the practice of landscape architecture, he is considered one of the finest golf course architects of his era. At 18 years old, Stiles worked as a draftsman and junior partner for landscape designer Franklin Brett. After learning the trade, Stiles opened his own landscape design firm in Boston in 1915. One year later, Stiles ventured into golf course design.
In 1924, Stiles formed a course-design partnership with John Van Kleek. Their focus as a partnership was golf courses and their accompanying subdivisions. Notable associates at that time included professional golfer Walter Hagen and prominent course designer W. Bruce Matthews.
Though the partnership faded once the Depression hit, Stiles remained in practice exclusively in golf course architecture. Once Stiles’ career was complete, he had created a solid foundation of golf courses throughout the east coast.
Stiles was one of the 14 founding members of ASGCA in 1947 and served as a member for six years.