Golf architect Mike DeVries is a craftsman who insists on being personally involved with all aspects of golf course development, including feature shaping of the putting greens and bunkers.
By being on-site consistently throughout the construction process, DeVries also enables himself to continually study the land, reacting to newly revealed opportunities and improving upon his original design concepts. This evolutionary process inevitably results in a unique golf course of enduring quality.
A 1987 graduate of Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago (Business Administration), DeVries apprenticed with golf architect Tom Doak before going on to the University of Michigan where he earned his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture in 1994. Following a stint as an on-site design coordinator with golf architect Tom Fazio, DeVries has designed and constructed five new golf courses, as well as consulted with numerous established clubs about course renovations.
DeVries’ grandfather introduced Mike to golf at Crystal Downs Country Club in Frankfort, Michigan, where he developed a deep respect and admiration for the work of legendary golf architects Dr. Alister MacKenzie and Perry Maxwell. DeVries continues to study the works and writings of the master golf architects of yesteryear in an effort to apply those design principles to his own work.
Joe Hancock provides DeVries Designs, Inc. with expertise in golf course shaping, construction management, and agronomic advice.
Hancock’s background in golf is varied, with nearly 20 years as a GCSAA Class A Superintendent and additional experience as an Irrigation Technician. He has worked and lived in North Carolina and Michigan, providing him with a full working knowledge of both warm and cool season grasses. Hancock has been responsible for the construction of two golf courses (unrelated to DeVries Designs) through all phases. He was also a co-owner of Grand Island Golf Course, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1997-2007.
Hancock assisted Mike DeVries on the Mines Golf Course construction in 2004 and Redlands Country Club renovation in 2005. He continues to work as a freelance shaper and with DeVries Designs, Inc. on selected projects, providing another level of practical experience to golf course construction, design, maintenance, and development.
Design Associate, PGA Professional, 5-time Hickory Open Champion
A graduate of Georgia State University, Fred Muller has been the head golf professional at Crystal Downs Country Club since 1977.
Throughout more than 35 years as a PGA of America professional, Muller has competed on the USPGA Tour, the Australasian Tour, and the South American PGA Tour. In 1981, he won the Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Resort, near Traverse City.
With a passionate interest in golf architecture, Muller has used his worldly travels as an opportunity to play and study many of the world’s greatest courses. He is today regarded as an authority on the design style and philosophy of legendary golf architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie, who laid-out Crystal Downs during the late 1920s in collaboration with Perry Maxwell.
Muller’s passion for golf, broad range of experience over more than forty years in the game, and his well-respected knowledge of golf design and course operations provide DeVries Designs, Inc. and our clients with an invaluable perspective throughout the golf course development process.
South American Representative
Sr. Enrique Hernandez, lifelong golf enthusiast, represents DeVries Designs in South America.
Enrique grew up learning golf from pro Pedro Churio at Ituzaingó Golf Club and later turned to famous Argentina pro Enrique Bertolino at the Jockey Club for lessons. His success in later years was due to his work with David Edel, USPGA, and visionary to recreate El Boquerón, the “Lost MacKenzie.” Among the many significant amateur tournaments Hernandez won, or placed highly:
- 1958 Argentina Junior National Amateur, finalist
- 1958 Gran Premio Ituzaingó GC Champion
- 1959 Argentina Junior National Amateur Champion
- 1960 Gran Premio Otamendi Scratch Champion
- 1960 Argentina National Four Ball Championship, finalist
- 1960 to 1967 Ituzaingó Golf Scratch Champion 3 times and finalist another
- Inter-club championship
- 1962 Ituzaingó GC
- 1967 & 1968 Jockey Club
- 1963 champion at Lomas Athletic Club
- 1965 International Four Ball Scratch Champion, in Punta del Este, Uruguay
- 1967 Golden Cup, 72 holes Scratch, runner-up
- 1968 Gran Premio Juarez Celman, 90 holes scratch at Jockey Club, runner-up
- 1973 National Argentine Mix Foursome, finalist. Partnered with wife Cristina.
- 1991 Argentina Pre-Seniors
- 1991 South American Pre-Senior 72 Holes Champion held at Jockey Club
- 1994 Jockey Club Scratch Champion finalist
In 1975, Enrique helped found Las Praderas Golf Club, 70 km west of Buenos Aires. A full-service country club with golf at the center of the development, Hernandez was the member liaison for construction of the golf course. From 1978-1990, he was also Club Champion three times and a finalist another year.
In 1986, Hernandez opened his first pro shop, Hernandez Golf, at the Costa Salguero Golf Center, the first independent golf shop to be located outside of downtown Buenos Aires. This led to more shops around Buenos Aires and involvement with golf companies from the United States, including Titleist, Spalding, MacGregor, Ram, Callaway, and Odyssey putters. The focus of the business was to outfit golfers with proper equipment and instructional opportunities for their game, including the development of the only Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy in South America.
Enrique resides in Tigre outside Buenos Aires, Argentina, and can be contacted at:
Los Robles Village
Modulo 1 Piso 3 "A"
Provincia de Buenos Aires
Mobile: (+54) 15-5622-4539
Home: (+54) 11-5918-1701