Brookfield, WI (Sports Network) - Former president and fellow of the American
Society of Golf Course Architects, Larry Packard, has died.
Packard, who was also known as the "Father of the modern ASGCA", was 101 years
He started his career as a golf course architect in the 1940s with Robert
Bruce Harris, who was one of the founders of the ASGCA, before starting his
own firm in 1954.
Packard was president of the ASGCA from 1970-71 and was one of the first
architects to address environmental concerns for golf courses, advocating the
use of effluent for course irrigation.
"Larry Packard was a pioneer in the game of golf," ASGCA president Rick
Robbins said. "Those who influenced his work date back to the 1800s, and the
courses Larry designed still stand today and will for decades. Those who play
the game will be positively impacted by Larry Packard for generations to
Packard had worked on more than 600 golf courses in North America, including
Innisbrook Golf and Country Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., Turnberry Country Club
in Crystal Lake, Ill., Lake Barrington Shores in Barrington, Ill. and
Countryside Country Club in Clearwater, Fla.
He also designed and renovated golf courses in Egypt, Guatemala, South Korea
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