Guy Cipriano of Golf Course Industry magazine attended the recent ASGCA Annual Meeting in Houston. The host of the “Tartan Talks” podcast walked away from three days with members with a new appreciation for a unique group of men and women who compete with each other, while also learning…and laughing.

Cipriano writes:

The meeting included education, meals, receptions and, yes, golf. But, more important, a gathering of 70 architects offers insight into the personalities committed to a challenging profession.

Don’t be fooled by the Ross tartan jackets. People who dress alike at industry functions don’t think alike. An educational session moderated by Bill Bergin about fairway width and tree removal sparked a fluid hour-long conversation. The group of architects who volunteered their thoughts swelled to 15, with nobody duplicating a colleague’s perspective. “We’re fortunate to work in an industry and on property that has such great diversity,” Bergin said.

Fairway width to an architect designing a new course on an expansive piece of Texas land could mean 50 to 80 yards. The same concept could mean 25 to 40 yards to an architect restoring a course in a leafy Northeast neighborhood. Like golf course maintenance, architecture is site specific. How to maximize enjoyment of the land requires a creative side.

The complete Golf Course Industry article can be seen here.