Our Company

Vision and Experience You Can Trust

Huxham Golf Design Inc. is a fully diversified international award winning golf course design firm. Darrell and Warren Huxham, the firms two Principals, have 30 years of experience and have been involved in the design of over 50 golf courses worldwide. HGD offers a complete range of services related to the feasibility, design, construction and operational consulting of golf courses. HGD also provides course remodeling services to over 30 existing courses including some of Canada’s most notable golf courses.

HGD principals have worked on golf course projects in countries across the globe, including; Canada, Finland, Italy, Korea, Morocco, The United States and the Caribbean. With international representatives located in Brazil, Korea andMorocco, HGD is able to better serve our clients, provide correspondence in their national languages and deal with project issues in a timely fashion.

We use a common sense, no ego approach and invite our clients to be involved as much or as little as they desire.  With the HGD team you will always be impressed with our innovative approach, creativity, competence and attention to detail.

We have designed golf courses in a variety of different geographic locations around the world and have worked on every conceivable site, ranging from sandy sea-side settings to floodplains, to rolling woodland properties to rugged mountain environments. We have also worked in a variety of soil conditions including sand, clay, peat, gravel and rock. These experiences have added to our design diversity and allow us to properly assess each project’s specific needs and assemble the most appropriate construction team. We strive to exceed our client’s expectations and have made this our ongoing philosophy. 

Flow with the natural features

On sites that exhibit attractive natural character, HGD believes the golf course should flow with the natural terrain and take advantage of any existing features.  With the right routing a golf course can require minimal earthmoving and shaping to create something truly special and timeless.  When extensive earth works and shaping are required, we believe in creating natural looking land forms and do not believe in contrived, overly shaped features.

Transformation of an average site

Unfortunately, ideal sites are not always available and it is here that an architect’s competence and imagination can truly be demonstrated.  The transformation of an average site into a visually dramatic layout is where we pride ourselves most. Several of our award winning courses, such as Equinellewere created on somewhat flat sites with limited natural features. On sites of this nature, we take pride in being able to create courses that exhibit impressive visual character, unique memorable holes and exciting strategic shot options.

Visual appeal

HGD prides itself on creating visually stunning, playable golf courses that are a balanced collection of unique and non-repetitive holes. We like to include flowing land forms, expansive water features, contrasting turf varieties and creative bunkering to accent the strategic character of the course. We enjoy creating elevated, centrally located vantage points, where panoramic views and heroic tee shots can be experienced. We believe in making all features and hazards visible, so we can excite and entice the golfer and provide the necessary information to assess strategic shot options or risk-reward challenges.

Appear Challenging, Play Fair

The strategic positioning of greens, tees, water features and bunkers combined with design elements, such as; multiple tee decks, concave fairways, off-set bunkering, amphitheatre green settings and bail zone shot options can create the illusion that the course is difficult, when in reality it can play very fair and be accommodating. La Tempete, host of the 2009 Telus World Skins, is a strong example of a course that exhibits challenging characteristics for the PGA Pro’s, yet is enjoyable and fair to play for the overall membership. We want all players regardless of ability to be enthusiastic and excited about hitting their next shot and feel good after they come off one of our courses.

Design styles and the Marketplace

HGD respects that every course has its own target market and it is vital to its success to develop an appropriate design style. We have designed numerous award winning resort and mountain style courses such as Manoir Richelieu, Le Maitre and Jay Peak. As well as other traditional style membership courses such as Le Fontainebleau and La Tempete. These courses cater to repetitive play by a core membership group. Other styles include public & tournament courses such as Kingswood and Equinelle, where varying maintenance and operational issues have to be addressed. We have also created award winning executive courses and utilized Links style themes to give a course a unique competitive edge when compared to other local courses. We limit our use of Penal designs as they adversely affect speed of play and overall enjoyment which are problematic factors in today’s marketplace.

Stimulating, Challenging and Memorable

We have designed courses of all varieties from executive courses, to mountain courses, to championship layouts that have hosted PGA and Champions Tour Pro’s. Within all these designs HGD believes all golfers regardless of gender or ability should be challenged and rewarded equally. We want the golfer to have enjoyed their round and to want to come back, because the course they have just played was stimulating, challenging and memorable.

HGD is a fully diversified international award winning golf course design firm.

Management

Darrell Huxham  B.Sc. csc.

President /
Golf Course Architect

Huxham Golf Design Inc.

Warren Huxham  B.Comm.

Vice-President /
Golf Course Architect

Huxham Golf Design Inc.

Darrell Huxham  B.Sc. csc.

President /
Golf Course Architect

Huxham Golf Design Inc.

Darrell was introduced to the game of golf at an early age while growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then, Darrell developed into a nationally competitive player, winning numerous events including 9 club championships at his home clubs of Royal Montreal site of the 2007 Presidents Cup and Beaconsfield Golf Club. After playing golf for the University of North Carolina, Darrell graduated in Earth Sciences in 1988, and entered the golf design industry working alongside Graham Cooke. Darrell soon became a lead designer in the firm. After amassing 15 years of experience and designing numerous award winning courses, Darrell partnered with his brother Warren in 2004 to create Huxham Golf Design Inc. With this background and now 30 years of design experience and 50 golf courses worldwide Darrell and Huxham Golf Design Inc. have developed into one of Canada’s premier golf course design firms.

Darrell’s is known for his keen eye and innovative design sense and is always pushing the edge of creative design with a special emphasis on courses that are visually spectacular, natural looking and very enjoyable to play. Darrell brings unparalleled enthusiasm and energy to every project and is notorious for taking the most modest of sites and producing something of fantastic quality.

Being partially of South African decent, Darrell traveled the world extensively as a young man and has played and been exposed to a variety of different golf courses and golf landscapes throughout the world, including the classic courses throughout Great Britain. This unique background, combined with his ongoing work experiences have given him an in depth appreciation and understanding for the

classic era courses, as well as today’s modern classics. This balanced knowledge has allowed him to develop into a highly accomplished renovation architect. Huxham Golf Design now provides ongoing golf course remodeling services to over 25 golf courses, including several of Canada’s most notable courses.

Warren Huxham  B.Comm.

Vice-President /
Golf Course Architect

Huxham Golf Design Inc.

Warren, an avid golfer from his early years, and playing at the tournament level for much of his life, has been in the industry since 1988. He began working with Graham Cooke and soon became the lead field designer in the firm, in a relationship that lasted 16 years.

Warren has been heavily involved with the design and supervision of the construction and renovation of some of the best courses in the country and abroad. He brings a common sense approach to a project and has established himself as one of the leading field designers in the industry.

Although, Warren has excelled in the design and planning of all phases of numerous projects, he is most known for his no nonsense approach to project management, site coordination and supervision. Warren has managed numerous large scale projects, as well as small, and has coordinated renovations to some of the best existing courses in the country. He has a great understanding for the intricacies of environmental protection, which allows him to bring a very important component to a project in these days of conservation and minimal impact development.

Warren’s experience on all types of terrain and soil varieties allows him to bring a wealth of knowledge to a project, thus providing quick and competent decision making to the various problems that present themselves on every site. Warren’s energy, attention to detail and high standards allow HGD to provide close control over projects from start to finish.

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