Beijing, China: Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design is the latest golf architectural company to join the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF).
After working together for more than 20 years, golf course architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka formed Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design in 2012.
The company has a diversified staff of associates – speaking a combined six languages – based in Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy; Beijing, China and Porto Alegre, Brazil.
“We’re pleased to support the golf industry in Asia by joining the AGIF,” said Fry, a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASCGA) since 1992.
As well as formerly serving on the Board of Governors, Fry has spoken on behalf of the ASCGA at the Golf Industry Show.
Individually and together, Fry and Straka are distinguished by their devotion to environmental golf course design and have become leaders in this specialty, their projects having won many environmental accolades.
With an extensive background in earthmoving, shaping, and environmental awareness, Fry has achieved an acclaimed status as a result of the esteemed projects to which he has lent his artistic hand.
Among Fry’s best-known designs is Erin Hills, which hosted the 2011 US Amateur, and 2017 United States Open, won by Brooks Kopeka. It’s also been confirmed as the venue for the 2022 US Mid-Amateur and the US Women’s Open in 2025.
For his part, Straka holds a Masters degree in Agronomy and Environmental Golf Course Design Studies. Currently Vice President of the ASCGA, he will become the association’s 75th President in 2021.
Having taught environmental golf course design at university level, Straka now serves as an environmental award-rater and as an expert witness on environmental golf course matters for the US Government, speaking authoritatively on such matters around the world.
Among Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design’s portfolio are a trio of China courses – CTS Tycoon Golf Club in Shenzhen, Phoenix Hill Golf Club in Anji and Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We welcome Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design into the Federation’s fold as an Associate Business Member. We look forward to calling on the environmental expertise of Dana and Jason in the years ahead.”