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The Architect

A Design Like No Other

With the opening of Sanctuary in 1997 and a multitude of award-winning mountain courses, Jim Engh Design has become the industry leader for creating spectacular golf on tremendously rugged and difficult land. As a small specialty firm, they accept only a limited number of projects. The goal is simple: create unique and artistic golf experiences around the world.

Jim Engh completed the initial routing of Fossil Trace Golf Club in 1991. He faced numerous challenges for over a decade, including the clean up of mining residuals, environmental impact, and historical preservation. The result was the “fine[st] job of golf course construction.” (Jim Engh, Golf Club Atlas, 2006).

Golf Digest named its “Architect of the Year” just one time … it was Jim Engh.

Jim Engh,
Course Architect

“There are some people in my business who follow some rules; I don’t. Somewhere along the way, somebody made this book about what a golf course should be. I’ve never seen it, fortunately. I don’t think there should be any rules.  The only rule is that I don’t have any rules.

Sometimes I get criticized for doing things that are outside the norm, but that’s okay. If I didn’t have a couple people taking shots at me about a project, then I’d probably look at myself and think I wasn’t trying hard enough.” ~ Mile High Sports, 2010

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