An 11 handicap, thrilled to break 80, Todd began charting his path to golf course design at the age of 16 by working on the grounds crew of a historic Seth Raynor golf course under the tutelage of a wise, no-nonsense superintendent. A simpler, authentic time for golf - no irrigation tech, no spray tech, just eight staff and a one-arm mechanic (best he's ever seen) doing it all...that took great pride in keeping the course pristine!
Todd was nearly fired his first day for overheating a vintage 1965 John Deere tractor but somehow managed to stay on all the way through college. This superintendent with 40 years of experience, and entire cast of interesting characters not only taught him agronomic principles and practices, and course set-up, and a million other little items, he also taught Todd the value of hard work, rising everyday at 5 am, discipline, responsibility and leadership. Thank you Larry Mueller and staff of Minnesota Valley Country Club!
After college, he apprenticed at Wadsworth Golf Construction Company installing drainage and irrigation on projects across the Midwest working his way up to shaping and finishing and eventually construction project management. Taking his experience from maintenance, construction and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture, he secured an opportunity in 1995 to join John Fought and Bob Cupp on the west coast as an associate golf course designer. Under the guidance of these two very gifted architects he became the in-field design representative implementing several high profile projects across the west, honing his skills as an architect and shaper along the way. You see, great golf courses are created in the field through intensive site analysis coupled with an understanding of great design and hands-on touches.
Prior to establishing GrassRoots Golf Design in 2010 (formerly iCon Golf Studio), Todd spent 10 years as the lead golf architect and principal designer for Design Workshop in Denver, Colorado. Here, he had the opportunity to work on over 50 different golf course projects of all sizes and complexity all around the country. Along the way, he teamed with PGA Tour players, Hale Irwin and Phil Mickelson on several designs, including the award winning Glacier Club and Lodestone courses.
Todd's 25-year career spanning design, construction, maintenance and operations has given him the necessary skills to become a seasoned professional in all areas critical to creating and constructing successful great golf course projects. He is passionate about golf design, golf's history and the future growth and sustainability of the sport.
Todd speaks regularly at the Golf Industry Show, ASLA conferences and ULI on Alternative Golf Course, The Future of Golf Developments, Stormwater Management and other topics. He has won numerous industry awards for golf course design, sustainability and land stewardship and also won a prestigious Honor Award from the ASLA for his golf design of the Glacier Club in Durango, Colorado and Design & Environmental Excellence award's for City Park Golf Course in Denver, Colorado.