Bruce Borland

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Bruce Borland
Born (1958-11-04)November 4, 1958
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 25, 1999(1999-10-25) (aged 40)
near Mina, South Dakota U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Golf course designer

Bruce Borland (November 4, 1958 – October 25, 1999) was an American golf course designer who worked for Jack Nicklaus. He died in the 1999 South Dakota Learjet crash on October 25, 1999 while traveling with golf Hall of Famer Payne Stewart.

Early life and education[edit]

Bruce Borland was raised in the Peoria, Illinois, area. He took a fascination with golf at an early age, building and maintaining a putting green in his parents' backyard, tending to it meticulously. Borland went on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a degree in Landscape Architecture.


After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area and began designing golf courses for several firms.

In 1989, Borland opened his own design firm, ProDesign, just a year later he was offered a design position with Jack Nicklaus at Golden Bear International. Borland worked on many of the famous Jack Nicklaus "Signature" golf courses, as well as other stateside and Indonesian courses.


In 1999, Borland was killed in a Learjet 35 with Payne Stewart while flying from Orlando, Florida, to Dallas, Texas before the Tour Championship. He died of hypoxia, a lack of oxygen, before the plane crashed.

Bruce left behind his wife, Kate Borland, and children Daniel, Thomas, Benjamin and Elizabeth.

Golf courses[edit]

Over his career, Borland designed or worked on several golf courses. They include:[1]

Name of course Location Year opened Other designers
Colleton River Plantation Hilton Head, SC 1992 Jack Nicklaus
Colleton River Plantation Par 3 Hilton Head, SC 1992 N/A
Glenmoor Country Club Canton, OH 1992 Jack Nicklaus
Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run Hilton Head, SC 1993 N/A
Barrington Golf Club Aurora, OH 1994 Jack Nicklaus
The Golf Club at Indigo Run Hilton Head, SC 1995 Jack Nicklaus II
Borneo Golf & Country Club Bogawan, Sabah, Malaysia 1995 Jack Nicklaus
Emeralda Golf & Country Club Cimanggis, Bogor, Indonesia 1995 Jack Nicklaus
Tamarin Santana Golf Club Batam Island, Indonesia 1995 Jack Nicklaus
Bukit Darmo G. C. Surabaya, Indonesia 1995 Jack Nicklaus II
Bearpath Golf & Country Club Eden Prairie, MN 1996 Jack Nicklaus
Bukit Barisan Country Club Medan, Indonesia 1996 Jack Nicklaus
The Legends Golf & CC Resort Kula, Johor, Maylasia 1997 Jack Nicklaus
Stonewolf Golf Club Fairview Heights, IL 1997 Jack Nicklaus
Bintan Lagoon Resort & Golf Club Bintan Island, Indonesia 1997 Jack Nicklaus
Jerudong Golf Club Brunei 1998 Jack Nicklaus
Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe Orlando, FL 1999 Jack Nicklaus
Roaring Fork Club Basalt, CO 1999 Jack Nicklaus
Ocean Hammock Golf Club Palm Coast, FL 2000 Jack Nicklaus
The Club at Porto Cima Lake of the Ozarks 2000 Jack Nicklaus
King & Bear St. Augustine, FL 2000 Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus
Winghaven Country Club St. Charles, MO 2000 Steve Nicklaus
Breckenridge Golf Club Breckenridge, CO 2001 Jack Nicklaus
The Bear Trace at Ross Creek Landing Clifton, TN 2001 Jack Nicklaus
Coyote Creek Golf Club Peoria, IL 2001 N/A


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 

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