Dave Bennett, a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), died Oct. 1, 2019, in Texas. He was age 84.
Bennett was a Park Administration and Horticulture graduate of Texas Tech University. His professional career included more than 100 golf course projects across 14 states, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.
Projects on which Bennett served as golf course architect and project master planner include: Lost Creek Country Club, Austin, Texas; The Hills of Prestonwood, Plano, Texas; Santa Teresa, El Paso, Texas with his consultant, Lee Trevino; The Hills, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Applewood Golf Course, Tucson, Arizona; and his last course, The National Golf Club of Louisiana, Westlake, Louisiana.
“I am so grateful to have known David Bennett,” said ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan. “He was a modern-day gentleman – courteous to all, refined by his desire for excellence and knowledge and honorable to clients, professional colleagues, political contacts and personal friends. Because Dave was foresighted enough to understand the needs of the golfer and the home buyer, his clients engaged Dave to masterplan their golf courses and the surrounding developments and then to manage the construction. David Bennett’s visionary approach to golf communities has been enjoyed by thousands of golfers and residents. I am saddened at his loss, but I am gladdened that his work lives on.”
Bennett became an ASGCA member in 1976 and achieved Fellow status in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Linda; daughter, Rhonda; and sons, Anthony and Greg. Funeral services will be held Oct. 6, 2019 at Hyde Park Baptist Church Chapel, Austin, Texas.
Beck Funeral Home has more information here.