Rod Whitman has designed and constructed highly acclaimed courses in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Rod started his career with his mentor Pete Dye, and has long assisted the firm of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw on the construction side of their designs.
Whitman launched his Canadian career with the design of Wolf Creek Golf Club in Ponoka, which opened in 1983. Two courses that he designed have retained spots in the Top 100 Canadian Courses and Top 59 Public Courses in Canada by SCOREGolf. His designs are heralded as among the best in the country, with his design for the first course at Cabot Links being regarded as among the Top 100 designs in the world.
Recently, Whitman and his team completed the successful renovation of the historic Algonquin Golf Course in St. Andrews By-the-Sea, New Brunswick. Presently, Rod Whitman, assisted by Dave Axland and Keith Cutten, have commenced a master plan process with the Glencoe Golf and Country Club in Calgary, Alberta, and will be returning to Nova Scotia in the spring of 2019 to design and construct a 10-hole short course at the highly ranked Cabot Resort.
Strategic design coupled with great contouring is the essence of golf architecture according to Whitman, who believes that the most enduring courses aren’t created on a drawing board in a downtown office. Instead, the most talented golf architects must spend an extraordinary amount of time on site on site to allow the design process to evolve and to produce the best