Mr. Bates has served as president of Gene Bates Golf Design since 1988 and Vice President of Couples Bates Golf Design since 1992. As a golf course designer with over 25 years experience in the industry, he has provided professional services for the design and construction of golf courses around the world. He works closely with PGA touring professionals Fred Couples and Johnny Miller on many of his designs in the United States (including
From 1983 to 1988 Gene served as Vice President of Design & Construction Services for Jack Nicklaus Golf Services in
Gene’s role is as ‘team captain’ as well as golf course designer. Gene will work directly with the team on the design contract, assist in coordination of the team of professionals, and finalize concepts for golf course design. In that role, he will make visits to the site to gain a thorough understanding of the opportunities and constraints, as well as coordinating the final routing plan for the development. Upon completion of the routing plan, Gene will work with the team on the development of a strategy plan which satisfies the goals of
Gene will assist during the bidding process, providing advice on the best contractors based on his years of experience in the field. Understanding the critical need for selecting a well-qualified contractor, Gene is very involved in this process. During construction, Gene will make numerous timely visits to review the progress of construction and ensure adherence to the design concepts which were developed by the team.
During the grow-in phase, Gene will be active in monitoring the establishment of the golf course turf and other features, and along with the team agronomist, will provide advice as needed to ensure that the golf course opens without a hitch. Gene maintains active contact with the owners and is available for advice regarding the condition or playability of the golf course.
Gene D. Bates President