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Bates Golf Design Group breaks into the prestigious list of Golf Digest magazine 100 Best Public Courses
 

Golf Digest magazine produces a biennial list of the Best 100 Public Golf Courses You Can Play.  We are proud to say that Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, Idaho has debuted at No. 61, ahead of Torrey Pines, the site of the 2008 US Open.  This is the second Top 100 ranking for the golf course as it debuted on GOLF Magazine's list of Top 100 courses for 2009 and 2010.

Gene Bates, the golf course architect, was selected to design the golf course in the golf-rich state of Idaho by the Coeur d' Alene Indian Tribe. The golf course has also been ranked as the No. 1 Native American golf course in the nation by Native American Magazine two separate years, 2006 and 2008, and the No.1 golf course in the state of Idaho by Golf Digest.

Golf Course Architect Gene Bates first reviewed the property so he would know exactly how to approach the 800 acres, creating a golf course design that met and exceeded all expectations.
 



Bates Golf Design Group Breaks into the Prestigious List of Golf Digest Magazine's Top 50 Toughest Golf Courses
 

Golf Digest Magazine produces a biennial list of the 50 Toughest Golf Courses in the United States.

Bayonet Black Horse Golf Club, the 36-hole facility on the Monterey Peninsula, has joined this award-winning list of golf courses. Bayonet Course is ranked No. 35 in Golf Digest's list of the "50 Toughest Golf Courses in the United States."

The "50 Toughest" list is part of the magazine's 2009-2010 edition of "The World's Greatest Golf." The list is also a veritable roll call of America's greatest golf courses. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island ranks first, and included in the 50 are such famous names as Pine Valley, Winged Foot (West), Whistling Straits (Straits), Bethpage (Black), and TPC Sawgrass (Stadium).

Bayonet and Black Horse re-opened in December of 2008 after a renovation by Golf Course Architect Gene Bates.
 



Bates Golf Design Group Breaks into Asia with the No. 1 Championship Golf Course in Asia



Sentosa Golf Club challenged Golf Course Architect Gene Bates with the assignment of upgrading the Serapong Course to a Tour quality golf course for the Asian Tour's Singapore Open and additional women's and men's events while maintaining an enjoyable course for the members.

When Gene approaches golf course design and golf course architecture he first starts with a creative routing, then he focuses on the strategy. This is where he likes to "put the teeth into the design." Not only has this golf course been named as the 2007 No. 1 Championship Golf Course in Asia but it also has been the No. 1 golf course in Singapore in 2007 and 2008.

Sentosa is the host of the Asian Tour's richest golf tournament, the Barclays Singapore Open. The true success of the golf course design is that the course provides a great test of golf for the world's best players, yet the members enjoy a playable and exciting course through the rest of the year.

When great players look for experience in golf course design, they turn to Gene Bates. During Gene's career as a Golf Course Architect he has served as Vice President of Design Services for Jack Nicklaus and Director of Design Services for Johnny Miller. Gene also has one of the longest Tour Player-Golf Course Architect relationships in the golf course design industry with Fred Couples. The domestic and international golf course design expertise of Gene Bates is unsurpassed.

His team approach in working with owners, superintendents, land planners and civil engineers is admired throughout the industry. He clearly has a gift for golf course design and golf course architecture, it is readily evident in every property that carries his distinctive touch. Attention to detail and quality assurance are only a few hallmarks by which Gene Bates is known.

Gene Bates is recognized in Ron Whitten's book "The Golf Course Architect" as one of those golf course architects that rose up through the ranks. At one time Gene was known as one of the best shapers in the golf course industry. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1969 .

In 1978 Gene Bates became a project administrator for the world renowned golf course architect Ron Kirby. Gene Bates joined the Nicklaus Design family in 1983 and worked on many award-winning golf course designs in Nicklaus'

In 1978 Gene Bates became a project administrator for the world renowned golf course architect Ron Kirby. Gene Bates joined the Nicklaus Design family in 1983 and worked on many award-winning golf course designs in Nicklaus' profile. Gene formed his own firm 1989 and now has over 160 golf course design projects to his credit. Some of Gene's other achievements are being named the 2004 BoardRoom Magazine 'Renovation Architect of the Year,' 15 Signature golf course design projects with Fred Couples (and counting), and over 30 projects with over 129 accolades.

 

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