I want to see smiling golfers on the 18th green!
- William Amick
This motto best describes William Amick's approach to golf course design.
Each of the more than 75 golf courses he’s designed reflect his philosophy. This approach to sculpting new (and remodeling existing) courses has gained Bill a distinguished reputation with course developers, golf industry professionals, fellow golf course architects and most importantly – golfers!
As a teenager and already a low-handicap golfer, Bill always dreamed of becoming a golf course architect. He focused on achieving his goal while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and serving as a Graduate Assistant in Turfgrass Management under a USGA Green Section grant. After graduating, one of his primary duties as an Air Force officer was supervising the maintenance and operation of a base golf course. Next, he gained valuable work experience and hands-on training in formal golf course design as an assistant to golf course architects in Indianapolis and Atlanta.
After years of studying and training, he realized his dream by opening his own design practice in 1959. It is now the oldest golf course architectural office in Florida. In 1977, Bill was elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He has also recently been elected a Fellow in the ASGCA.
While the majority of his projects are still of traditional length and par, Bill feels that more and more new public golf courses will be smaller and less expensive to build in the future, thus reducing land requirements, construction costs, annual maintenance budgets, water usage and environmental impact concerns. To read more about his thoughts on the subject, click on this link - "Affordable Golf Courses." Amick is now concentrating an increasing portion of his time, training and talent to designing these “saving” courses.