Houston, United States: Jeff Blume has been elected as President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).
Blume is a Landscape Architecture graduate of Texas A&M University. He first joined the firm of ASGCA Past President Jeff Brauer, GolfScapes, where he rose to the position of Project Architect.
Blume then moved to the firm of Robert von Hagge, serving as Project Architect for assignments in the United States, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean.
After five years, with von Hagge, Blume formed his own design firm, Jeffrey D. Blume, Ltd.
Blume and his company have, among numerous projects, designed the Grand Pines Golf Club at Bentwater, in Montgomery, Texas, and led renovation projects at a number of courses including Golf Digest Best New courses recipients The Golf Club at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, and Boiling Springs Golf Club in Woodward, Oklahoma.
“ASGCA is truly unique among professional societies, and reflects the traditions and values of the game we serve,” said Blume, following his appointment at the at the organisation’s 72nd Annual Meeting.
“We are a group of competitors that battle for commissions and attention on a daily basis, but collaborate, assist and mentor those with whom we compete. The camaraderie that we all share as a result of our common love for this great game binds us together.”
As he focuses on his upcoming time as ASGCA President, Blume plans to draw attention to the positive economic results being seen by those who invest in golf facilities of all sizes and shapes.
“The state of the game is strong, and we should all be committed to reminding folks of this whenever we have the opportunity,” he said. “Golf is a sound financial investment that carries with it many social, environmental and physical benefits.
“Golf course owners and operators are taking steps each day to reduce costs and improve revenues, often with the assistance of ASGCA members. This investment benefits communities in a number of ways, as seen by golf’s US$84 billion annual impact on the US economy.
“And through it all, golf remains an affordable means of recreation for 24 million people each year, at just US$38 per round, on average.”
Additional Blume projects include the renovation of Sugar Creek Country Club in Texas, and Lake Charles Country Club in Louisiana.
His original course designs include: The Farm D’Allie Golf Club in Louisiana; Sterling Country Club, Houston; Elkins Lake Ravines Course, Texas; Tascosa Golf Club (La Paloma Course), Texas; and Wendeng Golf Club in China’s Shandong Province.
Blume will serve as ASGCA President through May 2019.
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