The Crossings Designer- Gary Roger Baird
Congratulations to Gary Roger Baird as has recently been awarded Fellow status by the American Society of Golf Course Architects. ASGCA Executive Director Chad Ritterbusch, presented Baird with this honor of distinction at the Society’s annual convention, which was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee this past April. This award is presented to those members who have contributed to the game of golf, and have represented the integrity of The Society over the years.
Baird’s career began shortly after his college graduation in 1968, when he was retained as a design associate for world renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. Baird’s career flourished with the Jones group for nearly 10 years, as he became a senior design associate. During that period, much of his design work was in the western U.S., as well as Pacific Rim countries.
In 1977, Baird began his own design company, Gary Roger Baird Design International, which has evolved into Global Golf Design. Over his career, which now spans nearly 43 years, Baird has been the recipient of many high rankings and awards for his work.
In the past, he has been chosen to provide design modifications on courses originally designed by the greats of the Golden Era, including Alister MacKenzie, as well as Donald Ross. His company has provided design expertise on several courses which have hosted Major Golf Championships, as well as PGA Championship play. It’s no coincidence that four of those National Championships were in Asia, as 90% of Baird’s work is now in the Pacific Rim. He and his staff’s work, along with V.P. Jae H. Lee, include courses designed in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea.
More recently, Baird’s Pine Beach Golf Resort course designed and built on the western peninsula of South Korea, hosted a KPGA tournament on opening day. This offered a glimpse of this now recognized gem, as the tournament was televised worldwide on the Golf Channel. Numerous articles have compared Pine Beach to Pebble Beach, in the U.S. No wonder Golf Digest Asia named it the “Best New Course in Korea” upon its opening, in 2010.
To learn more about Mr. Baird, his philosophy and the courses he designs, visit his website at http://globalgolfdesign.com/