Canuck’s Designers To Watch – March

It’s been a busy month for course design here at TGCTours. Some great new courses from some established designers, as well as some great courses by newer designers that have grabbed our attention.  Each month, I monitor the course database at TGCTours as well as the course threads over at HB Studios and and try to highlight some new/lesser known designers that have recently created courses. Here are the 5 designers that caught my eye in March.

Jimmy Sheridan (nevadaballin)

Jimmy has come along way in the world of course design. He is now producing some outstanding creations, including an RCR that came out this month, Montreux G&CC – Reno, Nevada. I played the beta of this earlier in the week and really enjoyed it. Keep em’ coming Jimmy!

Notable Courses: Heineken Golf & Beer Club (6.8 Rating; 393 Plays), Sand Piper National (7.5 Rating; 375 Plays)

Newest Course: Montreux G&CC – Reno, Nevada

Montreux G&CC – Reno, Nevada by: Jimmy Sheridan

Chris Nelson (hershalcrustofsk)

This is a designer that I feel really burst onto the scene this month. I was vaguely aware of Chris’ work, but he has been blowing the community away with his new course: Macgillycuddy’s Perch. I have heard from some that this is one of the best highland courses in the game right now. That is pretty high praise. Haven’t had a chance to play this one yet, but it is on my list.

Notable Courses: The Willows @ Mitchell’s Burn (7.2 Rating ; 2.2K Plays. Thursday-Sunday Pins also available) Yoho Heli Golf & Ski Resort (6.9 Rating, 243 Plays)

Newest Course: Macgillycuddy’s Perch

Macgillycuddy’s Perch by: Chris Nelson

Henrik Sundqvist (set my path)

Henrik has been on my radar for a few months now, producing some excellent courses that seem tailor-made for TGCTours tournaments. He is back this month, with his newest: Idanha Ridge Golf Club. I played this one earlier in the month and loved it. Highly recommended. This one is set to host the Bushwood Open, a CC major. so will be getting lots of plays!

Notable Courses: The Narrows at Kilraine (7.7 Rating; 2.7K Plays) Kipahulu Reserve (7.4 Rating; 609 Plays)- Multipin available.

Newest Course: Idanha Ridge Golf Club

Idanha Ridge Golf Club by: Henrik Sundqvist

Adam Hill (adamhill413)

Adam is one of the resident funny guys on TGCTours. In addition to his humour, he is coming into his own as a premier designer. Adam is probably most famous for his punishing Ratel at Widow’s Cross, which made me want to cry. His newest, The Villa of Ormen, looks to be another great course by Adam.

Notable Courses: The Ratel at Widow’s Cross (7.5 Rating; 115 Plays)- Multipin,  The Nameless Horse (7.4 Rating; 214 Plays)

Newest Course: The Villa of Ormen

The Villa of Ormen by: Adam Hill

Brent Gravelle (PHJ314)

I have been aware of Brent’s work for a while. I think he is one of the best at creating courses that look and feel realistic. His newest course is more of the same (and that’s a good thing). Make sure to check out Manitock National.

Notable Courses: Swindler’s Bluff (7.3 Rating; 700 Plays)- Multipin , Stonebridge GC – Ottawa (Tour) (6.6 Rating; 241 Plays)

Newest Course: Manitock National

Manitock National by: Brent Gravelle

That’s all for now. April is a great month in the world of golf, looking forward to seeing what’s in store on the course design front!


  1. Jimmy Sheridan on March 28, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for the write up Andre, much appreciated!

  2. Craig LeVasseur on March 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    A nice group here, including both fresh faces and some old-timers.

    Jimmy Sheridan – An old-timer for sure (no offense), Jimmy has been around since the Early Access days and producing courses in his own unique style. He has been reppin’ the West Coast courses the entire time, too, and I am happy to see that he has finally entered the RCR game with his Montreaux course.

    Chris Nelson – I played a very early course from Chris last year, the Wetlands at Ponderosa Park, that I thought needed some work. The next course I played very recently was the Columbia Valley Preserve and I was pleasantly surprised. Granted that was a summer release, and the buzz surrounding Macgillycuddy, I look forward to working my way through Chris’ newest courses.

    Henrik Sundqvist – Kipahulu was the first course I played by Henrik, and as you will see shortly with my next Top 100 list, it made quite an impression on me. I am anxious to try his other courses soon, but I am perhaps even more anxious to see his ambitious effort at recreating National Golf Links of America.

    Adam Hill – I recently played Adam’s Shouglieth course, and the hole designs were incredibly good. I see Shougleith didn’t even make the list of courses above, so I can only hope for even better designs in Adam’s other courses.

    Brent Gravelle – Swindler’s Bluff and Barrhaven Black were two solid courses by Brent that I enjoyed. Stonebridge will be coming up soon on a future edition of the Real Course Tour, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about Manitock.

  3. Brent Gravelle on March 29, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Appreciate the feature and the kind words good sir!!

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