The Thoroughbred Golf Club in Rothbury, Michigan, is being renamed for ASGCA Past President, Arthur Hills, ASGCA Fellow and will be known as Arthur Hills Thoroughbred Golf Club. A ceremony marking this occasion takes place Oct. 15 at the course designed by Hills & Forrest, International Golf Course Architects.
Opened on July 4, 1993, the Thoroughbred Golf Course roams through 400 acres of forest, laid out to follow the breathtaking natural contours of the landscape. Hills himself explained his philosophy in an interview with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, stating that he always wants to “…build a course that is natural, that relates very carefully to the land…always keeping in mind the strategy of the game and the elements that provide beauty in a golf course — textures and colors, shadowing and framing.”
Hills, the legendary designer, received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University, then went on to secure a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan. In his famed career, he has designed hundreds of new golf courses, including private, resort, upscale, and public golf courses around the world. Additionally, Arthur Hills’ firm, Hills & Forest International Golf Course Architects, has been involved in the renovation or modification of others renowned courses in preparation for major USGA and PGA Championships.