Cary, North Carolina resident, Rick Robbins, was elected President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects at the Society’s 67th annual meeting in Greensboro, Georgia. Rick has been a member of ASGCA since 2000 and heads Robbins & Associates International with offices in Beijing, China and Cary. His 39 year career has included designs and master plans in 24 states and 11 countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and China. His courses have been recognized with local, national and international awards including a ‘Best New Affordable Golf Course’ in the USA by Golf Digest Magazine.
Robbins holds a degree in Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University and started his design career with Bruce Devlin/Robert Von Hagge Inc. working there for 13 years. He served as Vice President of Planning & Golf Course Development for Nicklaus/Sierra Development Corporation. He then was asked by Jack to join Nicklaus Design as Senior Design Associate in the Hong Kong office. In 1991 Rick formed his own company. He has worked extensively in North Carolina, Myrtle Beach and Florida and now has numerous projects in different stages of work throughout China.
As ASGCA President, Rick said, “I want to work with our friends at the different allied associations of golf to find creative ways to combat the three primary issues that prevent golf from growing, the difficulty of the game for most players, the cost of golf courses and the time it takes to complete an average round. Looking at new ways to make more golf more acceptable to kids as a regular activity is a start, but we as golf course architects must also do our part to encourage our clients whenever possible, to think about the cost of golf courses and how difficult they want to make them.”
To learn more about Robbins International go to www.RobbinsGolf.com.