Gil Hanse- Architect of the Year 2009
Although he has scored critical success with his work on courses like Rustic Canyon, Boston Golf Club, and TPC Boston, he's hardly a household name, but make no mistake: Castle Stuart will change that, and should catapult him into the limelight and out of the shadows of Tom Doak.
Hanse followed Doak to Cornell, and then later joined Doak's firm, Renaissance Golf Design. While Doak has grabbed much well deserved glory, Hanse has since racked up an enviable string of original designs and restoration/renovation consultations. His first effort in Scotland, the Craighead Links at Crail Golfing Society, opened 11 years ago to enthusiastic reviews.