Environmental-design pioneer built 200-plus courses worldwide and renovated more than 150 others
Died: Arthur Hills, who designed more than 200 golf courses around the world and renovated more than 150 others, on May 18 in Florida, according to a news release by the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He was 91. No cause of death was listed. Hills was regarded as an environmental pioneer in course architecture, and he created the first Audubon Signature Sanctuary courses in the U.S., Mexico and Europe, according to the ASGCA. Among Hills’ designs: Bonita Bay in Naples, Fla.; The Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga.; Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif; The Champions in Lexington, Ky.; and Wolfdancer Golf Club in Lost Pines, Texas. Hills, who grew up in Toledo, Ohio, played golf at Michigan State in the early 1950s. He is survived by wife Mary, eight children, 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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