Mike Kraker, Associate, Golf Course Architect
Mike offers a different perspective than the traditional golf course architect. For the last decade, Mike has been focusing his energy on the current challenges facing the golf course industry - too expensive, too difficult and too time-consuming. He has developed a philosophy that puts the golfer in the center of the design process. Advantage Design Elements (ADE) help the golfer score better and have more fun on the golf course. Golf course facilities benefit from this "customer satisfaction" through higher retention of memberships and repeat business from daily fee golfers.
Golf is changing at a rapid pace. The previous decade saw the rise of TopGolf and the predicted demise of municipal golf facilities. As part of his research and business development responsibilities, Mike follows the golf course industry closely for trends and new ideas. Gill Design is extremely optimistic about the future of golf. 2020 has brought new challenges to the industry, but also a renewed enthusiasm.
Mike is also a lawyer. A golf course architect and a lawyer is a unique combination, but not unprecedented. Harry Colt (Pine Valley, Eden Course - St. Andrews) and the great Bobby Jones were also practicing lawyers. Problem-solving skills and creative thinking are hallmarks of the legal profession. Mike brings these attributes to his golf course design work at Gill Design. It takes patience and perseverance to come up with the best solution for the client. This applies to legal disputes and golf course architecture.
Mike also pays very close attention to potential safety issues. Mike has provided legal counsel and risk / liability management services to golf courses and served as an expert witness on personal injury cases in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Colorado. Gill Design can provide your golf course facility with a safety audit and recommended solutions to eliminate or mitigate the danger.