Ron Kern entered the profession of golf course architecture in 1986. Essentially he is a third generation golf course architect as he grew up watching William Diddel and his father, Gary, develop and construct projects.
Ron has played the game of golf since age 4, excelled on high school and college golf teams and still enjoys playing the game on a regular basis.
Ron graduated from Purdue University with a BSCE in 1980.
Ron is a student of classic golf course architecture. He believes in the spirit of the design philosophies of the golden age golf course architects. His major influences are Donald Ross, James Braid, George Thomas, Dr. Alister Mackenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, William Diddel and his father, Gary.
Ron’s objectives are as follows:
•To creatively design with ideas and aesthetics that are unique to each project.
•To respect the existing character of the land and create an end product that emphasizes its features.
•To provide a comprehensive design package from a concept to detailed construction documents.
•To generate a design specifically tailored to meet the client’s needs and budget requirements.
•To present a final product that exceeds the client’s expectations.
•To provide the client with a design that meets the needs of the market thereby ensuring a successful golf operation.
Ron’s golf course design ability is as recognized by legendary PGA Tour Director and Masters Official, Mr. Jack Tuthill when he had this to say about Fox Run Golf Club’s original design in Eureka, Missouri, “It would be difficult to find a better design than Fox Run since the end of World War II.”
ron, hope things are going well. bob crane
I played my first Ron Kern designed golf course last week at Purgatory. What a great design on a relatively flat piece of land. The greens were the highlight for me. I hope to play more of Ron’s designs when I return to Indiana!