Lohmann Quitno Golf Course Architects, responsible for a 2015 Rye Golf Club renovation, was recently featured in GolfCourseIndustry.com. A description of the 2015 project from the firms web site and an excerpt of the feature is below.
Rye Golf Club
City of Rye, New York
This 18 hole City-owned club hired Lohmann Quitno in 2015 to rectify drainage and wear issues on their greens. Many of the greens were original to the 1920s Devereux Emmit design, and suffered from lack of drainage given their push up style. The club also sought to add practice facilities to enhance member draw, but with 18-holes of golf on less than 100 acres, the club property has always been short on practice options. To rectify this problem, Lohmann rearranged the teeing area of the 16th hole and developed a new tee complex that doubles as a range and lesson area. The new tee is large enough to accommodate group lessons (up to 20) and junior golf programs, while still blending seemlessly into the context of the 16th hole.
To complement the new range setup, Lohmann also developed a 12,000 square foot putting and chipping complex on an unused triangle of land near the pool. The new facility is loved by the members, who can hone their short game skills, and also by pool users who enjoy it as an 18-hole putting course.
Original architect: Devereux Emmit"
And from Golf Course Industry:
(PHOTO: Bob Lohman)
"Architect Bob Lohmann has elevated longtime associate and fellow ASGCA member Todd Quitno to senior vice president of design, necessitating a change to the firm’s official name going forward, Lohmann Quitno Golf Course Architects, Inc.
Quitno, 45, has spent the last 22 years working with Lohmann, who founded the firm in 1984. Quitno joined the company in 1996, straight out of Ball State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. He joined the American Society of Golf Course Architects as an associate in 2010, and earned full member status in 2015. Quitno’s ascension and the new company name necessitated a change to the firm’s website, now to be found at www.LohmannQuitno.com.
“This is the first step in creating a company that Todd will direct, eventually as the managing partner, for 20 to 30 years to come,” said former ASGCA president Lohmann, now 65. “Fact is, Todd’s been running 90 percent of our projects — from the planning phase straight through to our work in the field — for a long time already. We’ve always run things by each other, and we’ll continue to do that.
(PHOTO: Todd Quitno)
“But Todd is so personable, so talented — he brings an element of design flair and daring that exceeds my own frankly. He’s ready to take the lead here. As a company, we have always stressed the critical relationship architects will always have with cost projection, with the client’s return on investment. I learned that as a young designer in the 1970s from Ken Killian and Dick Nugent. Todd learned it here, from me — and that priority will never change. But he’s a younger man with all the design skills in the world and a better handle on what the market requires today, including the role of technology and social media.
“I’ve been around a long time but here’s the reality: Many of my best contacts are already retired! I still understand the market today, as a private club member myself I know the inherent struggles: We’ve got 180 members. How can we improve our product to get to 200 or 230? But Todd understands the market even better because, at 45, he is the market.”
As Lohmann notes, Quitno is already carrying the design load, with renovation projects underway at clubs across the Midwest and elsewhere, including:
–Schaumburg Golf Club, Schaumburg, Ill.
–Medina Golf & Country Club, Medina, Minn.
–Rye Golf Club, Rye, New York
–Brighton Dale Golf Links, Kenosha, Wis.
“Bob has built a tremendous reputation in this business and I would like to keep that tradition going — which is why we agreed it’s important to put my name out there more prominently,” Quitno says. “We’ll always collaborate. Bob and I share a lot of similar perspectives on golf design — he has taught me so much about the business. But while I appreciate all he has done for me and my family, I’m even more grateful for this opportunity to lead the company into the future — and to look at some different approaches as to how we pursue and execute our work.”"
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