Author Archives: Ron Kern

My dad, Gary

This is my dad, Gary, and me. He is one of the great architects of the contemporary era of the greatest game, golf. While his work might not have made the glossy magazines and been a point of contention in … Continue reading

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Opening Day – East Nine, Old Oakland G.C.

Saturday, May 8, 2017 saw sunny skies, light winds and warm temperatures for the grand opening of the remodeled East Nine at Old Oakland Golf Club.  It was a perfect day.  150 members showed up ready to play their new … Continue reading

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Boxing Day, 2016, Highland Golf and Country Club

This morning I was at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis for a meeting.  A warm front had enveloped the area and the temperature was a balmy 64 degrees Fahrenheit.  So, I took a quick walk in the mist … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery – Old Oakland GC Remodel

Here are some photographs of the new golf course feature work at Old Oakland Golf Club in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I will be posting more information about the project soon, but here is a list of who was involved: Steve Sterrett, … Continue reading

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New Statue of Purgatory Logo

From the article at TheGolfBiz.com: NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Purgatory Golf Club — named the 2016 “Indiana Golf Course of the Year” by the National Golf Course Owners Association — will unveil an 11-foot tall, signature statue on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. “We … Continue reading

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Pebble Brook Golf Club Update

The bunker project at Pebble Brook is essentially complete.  Brad Mays and Phil Ephlin and his crew have worked very hard to bring the bunkers to life.  Here are the finished bunkers on golf hole number fifteen green. It is … Continue reading

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Old Oakland Golf Club

I have been retained to design a three year improvement plan for Old Oakland Golf Club in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I look forward to working with Steve Sterrett, the owner, Doc O’Neal, Golf Club Manager and Chase Walden, Golf Course Superintendent. … Continue reading

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Purgatory Golf Club’s Bunkers

I have been going through some Purgatory Golf Club design plans and correspondence and came across this, which is the highest compliment I could have been given regarding the design of the bunkers: Purgatory GC, Noblesville, Ind. A big, brassy … Continue reading

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Aerial of Highland Golf and Country Club, 2015

Below is an interesting aerial showing the first phase bunker work on Highland Golf and Country Club’s golf course.  The golf course is a classic strategic design and is a shot maker’s golf course.  As Mike Bailey of the Golf … Continue reading

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Update: Bunker Remodeling, Pebble Brook Golf Club, North Course

The bunker remodeling at Pebble Brook’s North Course is progressing.  We’ve been blessed with some fine weather in which to work.  Shaping is complete, thanks to excellent work by Derek Dirksen, golf course shaper. I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading

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Bunker Remodeling, Pebble Brook Golf Club, North Course

Plans are underway to remodel the bunkers on the North Course at Pebble Brook Golf Club, Noblesville, Indiana. My history with Pebble Brook Golf Club goes back to the 1970’s.  As a young man, I worked in the pro shop … Continue reading

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FOREGROUND: THE LANDSCAPE OF GOLF IN AMERICA

It has come to my attention that the design of Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana is included in the exhibtion, FOREGROUND: THE LANDSCAPE OF GOLF IN AMERICA. The exhibition is at the Center of Land Use Interpretation in Los … Continue reading

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Highland Golf and Country Club Bunker Project and New Article in Golf Course Architecture Magazine

Update:  Golf Course Architecture Magazine has published a new article on the Highland Golf and Country Club bunker renovation project.  Click here for the article. (click on photographs to enlarge) In September of 2008, I completed a Master Plan for … Continue reading

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The 17th, Purgatory Golf Club

A recent photo of the 17th with a lefty hitting his tee shot. (click on photo to enlarge)

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Golf Course Architecture magazine covers Highland bunker project

The international magazine, Golf Course Architecture, has published an article on Highland Golf and County Club’s recent bunker remodeling project.  Penned by Sean Dudley, the article takes a look at the project, my history with Bill Diddel and the exceptional … Continue reading

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New Review of Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville, IN

Alan Hinds has made a new blog post at the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau website reviewing Purgatory Golf Club.  We spent a recent morning playing the course and discussing the various aspects of its design.  Purgatory is a … Continue reading

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The 15th at Purgatory GC Featured on the Cover of Midwest Golfing Magazine

For the Winter 2013 issue:

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Changes to The Old Course

What the heck, I might as well chime in on the recent/ongoing changes to The Old Course in St, Andrews, Scotland. There has been quite an outcry from the golf course architecture community, both amateur and professional regarding revisions on … Continue reading

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Purgatory Golf Club, Fourth Best Public Golf Course in Indiana

For 2012 Golf Magazine has chosen Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana as the fourth best public golf course in Indiana.  Find the entire list for Indiana at this link.

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191 Yard Eight Iron

On the fourteenth at the AT&T National Tiger Woods hit an uphill 191 yard eight iron and on eighteen he hit a180 yard knock down nine iron – just a reminder how irrelevant the game that the professional tour plays … Continue reading

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