Jeff began his career as an apprentice in the Chicago area in 1977. His first project was Kemper Lakes which soon hosted the 1989 PGA Championship.
He formed his company, GolfScapes in Arlington, Texas in 1984. In the last 26 years, he has designed and consulted across the spectrum of projects, ranging from partial renovations to international resorts.
He has been a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects since 1981, serving as president during its 50th Anniversary year in 1995-1996. During that time, he developed Environmental Principles of Golf to help make golf course architecture more environmentally friendly.
Brauer still studies the classics and has played more than 75 of the best courses in the world.
He gives many presentations and is a regular architecture columnist for many publications and websites, including Golf Course Industry and Cybergolf.com. His work has been spotlighted in most of the world’s major golf magazines. Golf World ranked him as one of the top 20 golf course architects and Golf Inc. ranked him as the world’s 4th best value in golf course architecture in 2010.
Jeff’s first post for us is an article he wrote in May 2006 for Golf Course News. It appears on this website with their permission. Jeff is the first golf course architect of whom we are aware to really focus on shortening the forward tees, starting in the early 2000’s with his master plan for Wichita CC. In each new design, the forward tees have gotten shorter. You will note in the article that he suggests a set of tees at 4,515 yards. We believe that 4,500 yards is the maximum yardage for players such as the average woman golfer who has a slower (60mph) swing speed.
Jeff’s latest new design, (with Notah Begay III), is Firekeeper on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s land in Kansas. Its forward tees will play less than 4,500 yards. The four other sets of tees will range from approximately 5,800 to 7,450 yards. On his newest renovations, forward tees will play even shorter at 4,200 yards, having seen a “Little” light on the subject.
For more about Jeff and his work, go to his website, www.jeffreydbrauer.com.
–Arthur D. Little