Applebrook Golf Club was designed by renowned architect Gil Hanse. Gil is the founder and president of Hanse Golf Course Design Inc. Since the firm's inception
in 1993, he has been involved in a hands on capacity with each project that the firm has undertaken. Mr. Hanse founded the firm based on the principles of creating a small firm that takes a personal interest in the design and construction of each of the firm's projects. This commitment to a limited number of design projects with a maximum amount of personal attention has served the firm well in its several years of operation. Prior to beginning Hanse Golf Course Design, Mr. Hanse was an Associate and subsequently a Design Partner in Renaissance Golf Design, based out of Traverse City, Michigan. During his studies at Cornell, Mr. Hanse was a recipient of the prestigious William Frederick Dreer Award, which allowed him to spend a year in Great Britain studying the earliest examples of golf course architecture. While in Britain, Mr. Hanse interned with the firm of Hawtree and Son, the oldest continuously practicing golf course architectural firm in the world. Through these experiences Gil formed his philosophies on golf course architecture, basing them strongly on the traditions and history of golf course design.
Considering the proximity of Hanse Golf Course Design to Applebrook, Gil considers the Club to be his home course.
Gil was contracted to design and build the golf course for the 2016 Rio Olympics. To read the Prime of Gil Hanse
article written by Jeff Silverman on The Links Golf Magazine's website, please click here
"Traditional golf courses focus first and foremost on the player and his or her experiences on the course." - Gil Hanse