Gil Hanse

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Gil Hanse shaping a green at Mossy Oak Golf Club.

Gilbert Hanse (born August 12, 1963) is an American golf course architect. Hanse, along with his business partner Jim Wagner, was selected to design the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course, the first Olympic venue to host golf since 1904.[1]


Attended secondary school at Hunter Tannersville High school in Tannersville, New York and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver. Hanse earned a master's in landscape architecture from Cornell University in 1989. Hanse was the recipient of the William Frederick Dreer Award, which allowed him to spend a year in Great Britain studying the history of golf architecture.[2]

Gil Hanse's most recent project, Mossy Oak Golf Club, at Old Waverly in West Point, Mississippi

Golf course design[edit]

In 1993 Hanse founded Hanse Golf Course Design. His longtime design partner Jim Wagner joined the firm in 1995. Friend and golf historian Geoff Shackelford has also assisted in the design of several projects.[3] He redesigned The Course at Sewanee, in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 2013.[4]


  1. ^ "Members Only - American Society of Golf Course Architects".
  2. ^ "Cornell to make green mark on 2016 Olympics - Cornell Chronicle".
  3. ^ "Gil Hanse, January 2000 - Golf Club Atlas".
  4. ^ "The resurrection of a classic Tennessee golf course". 28 March 2013.