Ground-breaking golf course architect, CASNR grad Dave Bennett dies at 84
By: Norman Martin
Dave Bennett, a 1958 graduate of Texas Tech's Department of Landscape Architecture majoring in horticulture and a Fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, passed away in Round Rock, Texas, on Tuesday (Oct. 1). He was 84.
Following graduation from Texas Tech, Bennett worked as a landscape architect for the Texas Highway Department. While working at the department he helped write legislation requiring all landscape architects in Texas to be licensed by the state. He personally lobbied legislators during the 1960s until the act was approved in the summer of 1969 by the 61st Texas Legislature. He was issued license #7.
In 1970, Bennett formed his own company, hiring a Professional Golfers' Association Tour Pro to serve as a design consultant. He did one course with Terry Dill, then Bennett was joined by Lee Trevino. They did half a dozen projects together from Kentucky to Colorado to Arizona. Trevino, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1981, won six major championships and 29 PGA Tour events over the course of his career.
Bennett's professional career included more than 100 golf course projects across 14 states, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela. Projects on which he served as golf course architect and project master planner include:
• Lost Creek Country Club (Austin, Texas)
• The Hills of Prestonwood (Plano, Texas)
• Santa Teresa (El Paso, Texas)
• The Hills (Calgary, Alberta)
• Applewood Golf Course (Tucson, Arizona)
• The National Golf Club of Louisiana (Westlake, Louisiana.)
Bennett became an American Society of Golf Course Architects member in 1976, and achieved Fellow status in 2006.
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