Lester George

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Lester George is a internationally renowned golf course architect who was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1955 while his father was stationed there by the United States Air Force.

After attending The University of Richmond, where he founded the school’s orienteering team, George settled in Richmond, Virginia. Following college graduation in 1977, he spent four years in the army as an artillery officer, subsequently received his Master’s Degree from the United States Army Command and General Staff College and remained in the Army Reserves until retiring a Lieutenant Colonel in 2003. This military career coincided with the development of his career as a golf course architect.[1]

Prior to opening his own firm in 1991, George studied with other golf course architects at Golf Services International learning all aspects of golf course design and construction. He attended the Harvard Design School, Golf Course Architecture in 1992, which launched his solo career. George's company, George Golf Design, Inc., is located in Midlothian, Virginia, just outside Richmond. George is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.[2]

George has developed a niche in renovating and restoring classic golf courses designed by some of the most revered golden age architects such as MacDonald, Raynor, Tillinghast, Ross, Flynn, Tull and Wilson - and he has worked with many of the most historic and well-regarded golf facilities on the East Coast (see project listings below).

Lester George donated much time and effort to the First Tee Program designing and overseeing construction of The First Tee of Chesterfield, the premiere 18-hole First Tee course in the United States.

Using abandoned landfills as a canvas, George successfully transforming two brownfields into golf courses—converting overgrown hazardous areas into plush, green recreational turf. One of these courses, Lambert's Point Golf Course in Norfolk, Virginia, won an Affinity Award for Environmental Stewardship from the Golf Course Builders Association of America.

George's renovation of the Raptor course at Langley Air Force Base posed a challenge when thousands of unexploded bombs were discovered on the site once excavation began.

George’s projects have won numerous awards:[3]

Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke, VA

  • #3, Best New Private Course of 2009, Golf Magazine
  • Top Ten Best New Courses, Golf Magazine
  • Top Ten Best New Courses, Links Magazine
  • Top 20 Premiere Clubs in American Golf, Links Magazine

The Colonial Golf Course, Williamsburg, VA

  • The Top Ten You Can Play, Golf Magazine One of The Best New Courses in America, The Golfer Magazine
  • Top 100 Reasons to Play Golf, The Washington Golf Monthly

Kinloch Golf Club, Manakin‐Sabot, VA

  • Hosted US Senior Amateur in 2011
  • Best New Private Course of 2001, Golf Digest #1 Course in Virginia, Golf Digest #4, Readers Choice Awards, Golf World
  • # 9 ‐ # 23, 100 Greatest Modern Golf Courses, GolfWeek #13, Top 100 Modern Courses, GolfWeek
  • #33 of 100 Greatest Courses, Golf Digest
  • #48, Top 100 in America, Golf Digest
  • Top 18 One‐Time Collaborations in Golf Course Architecture, Links Magazine
  • Top 20 Premiere Clubs in American Golf, Links Magazine

The James River Course at The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

  • #5, Best New Remodel of 2005, Golf Digest

Lamberts Point, Norfolk, VA

  • Environmental Stewardship Affinity Award, Golf Course Builders Association of America

Lakeview Golf Course, Harrisonburg, VA

  • Best Places to Play, Golf Digest
  • Valley’s Best Golf Course, Daily News Record

The Newport Bay Course at Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, Berlin, MD

  • Top 100 Reasons to Play Golf, The Washington Golf Monthly

The Old White Course at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV

  • Best New Public Remodel of 2007, Golf Digest 2006 Legacy Award #12 Resort Course, Conde Nast Traveler
  • Best Restoration, Golf Course Builders Association
  • One of 100 Greatest Classic Golf Courses, GolfWeek
  • Hosting the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic

Providence Golf Course

  • Rated 4 ½ Stars by Golf Digest Magazine
  • Rated Second Best Golf Course in Richmond Area, Richmond Times Dispatch

Rock Manor Golf Course, Wilmington, DE

  • Best Public Golf Course, Delaware Today

Willow Oaks Country Club, Richmond, VA

  • #8, Best New Remodel of 2008, Golf Digest Magazine
  • Hosted State Open Tournament

Lester George

  • One of the Course Architects of Year, The Board Room Magazine
  • Achievement in Golf Course Design, ING Industry Honors
  • One of the Leading Young Architects in the Country, Golf World
  • Design Excellence Award, American Society of Golf Course Architects

Lester George's golf course designs include the following:[4]

Project Name Location Project Description
Aspen Hill Golf Club Farmville, VA Master Plan of Development. Residential, Golf Routing.
Ballyhack Golf Club Roanoke, VA Feasibility, Planning, Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Golf Course.
Battenkill Country Club Greenwich, NY ASGCA First Links Grant for Design Consulting to Improve Practice and Learning Facilities.
Birkdale Golf Course Richmond, VA Design and Construction of Range. Renovation and Regrassing.
Boonsboro Country Club Lynchburg, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Renovations and Additions.
Bow Creek Recreation Facility Virginia Beach, VA Golf Course Design Consulting Surrounding Renovation of Municipal Recreation Facility.
Captain’s Cove Greenbackville, VA Design & Construction of New 18 Hole Course.
Carolina Country Club Raleigh, NC Master Plan of Renovations. Practice Facility Study.
Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club Virginia Beach, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design of Improvements. Construction.
City Boy Farms Louisa, VA Design and Construction of Short Game Practice Facility.
The Colonial Golf Course Williamsburg, VA Feasibility, Planning, Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Golf Course with Design Consultant Robert Wrenn.
Contentment Golf Club Elkin, NC Planning, Design & Construction of New 18 Hole Golf Course.
The Country Club of Florida Boynton Beach, FL Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction.
Country Club of Petersburg Petersburg, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Greens Renovation.
The Country Club of Scranton Scranton, PA Master Plan of Renovations. Design of Two New Holes.
The Country Club of Virginia, Tuckahoe Creek Course Richmond, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Bunker and Tee Renovations.
The Country Club of Virginia, Westhampton Course Richmond, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Bunker and Tee Renovations. Redesign and Rebuild Driving Range
The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course Richmond, VA Renovation of 18 Greens. Regrassing of Fairways.
Disney’s America Theme Park Haymarket, VA Feasibility Study. Design of 18 holes.
The DuPont Country Club, The DuPont Course Wilmington, DE Master Plan of Renovations For 18 Holes and Practice Facility. Design and Construction of Renovations.
The DuPont Country Club. The Nemours Course Wilmington, DE Master Plan of Renovations, 18 Holes. Design of Practice Facility.
Elizabeth Manor Country Club Portsmouth, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Greens Renovation.
Evergreen Country Club Haymarket, VA Master Plan of Renovations.
Fauquier Springs Country Club Warrenton, VA Master Plan of Renova-tions. Design of Reno-vations. Construction.
The First Tee Chesterfield, VA Planning, Design and Construction of One 21-Hole Golf Course.
The First Tee Columbia, MD Planning and Design of One 12 Hole Golf Course.
The First Tee Philadelphia, PA Planning and Design of Two 9 Hole Golf Courses.
The First Tee Roanoke, VA Planning and Design of One 6 Hole Golf Course & Practice facility
The First Tee Washington, DC Planning and Design of One 3 Hole and One 9 Hole Golf Course.
The First Tee Pendleton County, KY Planning and Design of One 3 Hole Golf Course.
Forest Hills Golf & Resort Hiroshima, Japan Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Daily Fee Course.
The Fountainhead Golf Club Amelia, VA Master Plan of Development. Feasibility Study.
The Old White Course at The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, WV 18 Hole Master Plan of Restoration. Construction.
Hershey Park, The West Course Hershey Park, PA Master Plan, Renovation Plan.
High Vista Country Club Arden, NC Design and Construction of 5 New Holes to Golf Course and Residential Development.
Hillendale Country Club Phoenix, MD Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction.
James River Country Club Newport News, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design, Construction of Greens, Tees and Bunker Renovations.
The Kanawha Club Goochland, VA Planning and Design of 9 Hole Golf Course and Practice Facility.
Kiln Creek Golf & Country Club Newport News, VA Design and Construction of Additional 4 Holes.
Kincaid Lake State Park Pendleton County, KY Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Course.
Kinloch Golf Club Goochland, VA Design and Construction, 18 Hole Golf Course and Residential Development with Design Consultant Vinny Giles.
Lambert’s Point Norfolk, VA Design and Construction of New 9 Hole Golf Course.
Langley Air Force Base Langley, VA Master Plan of Renovations for 36 Hole Golf Course. Design and Construction of Greens, Tees and Bunker Renovations.
Lakeview Golf Course Harrisonburg, VA Master Plan, Design and Construction of New 9 Holes.
Meadowbrook Country Club Richmond, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Renovations.
Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, Newport Bay Golf Course Berlin, MD Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Course.
Ocean City Golf & Yacht Club, Seaside Course Berlin, MD 18 Hole Master Plan of Renovations.
Princess Anne Country Club Virginia Beach, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of New Practice Facility.
Providence Golf Club Richmond, VA Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Course.
Roanoke Country Club Roanoke, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction of Renovations.
Rock Manor Golf Course Wilmington, DE Master Plan of Renovations.
Construction.
Salem Municipal Golf Course Salem, VA Feasibility and Design of New 18 Hole Municipal Golf Course.
The Salisbury Country Club Midlothian, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design, Construction of Greens, Tees and Bunker Renovations. Design and Construction of 9 Hole Addition.
Starmount Forest Country Club Greensboro, NC Master Plan of Renovations. Design and Construction.
Sun 'N Air Driving Range Danvers, MA Design and Construction of 3 Hole Practice Facility.
Sundance Golf Course New Braunfels, TX Feasibility, Planning, Design and Construction of New 18 Hole Executive Golf Course.
Surrywood Surry, VA Design of new 18 Hole Daily Fee Golf Course.
University of Richmond Richmond, VA Design and Construction of Practice Facility.
Vestavia Country Club Birmingham, AL Master Plan of Renovations.
Willow Oaks Country Club Richmond, VA Master Plan of Renovations. Design of Renovations. Construction.

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