Todd Eckenrode, ASGCA
“(To know) golf architecture one must know golf itself, its joys, its sorrow, its battles… one must play golf and love it.”
Todd Eckenrode, is a principal and co-founder of Todd Eckenrode-Origins Golf Design with his partner W. Charles Davison. As lead golf designer, he oversees all design related issues for the firm. Mr. Eckenrode is rapidly becoming the “go-to” architect for restoration and renovation of the timeless classic golf course designs.
Todd was fortunate to learn the game of golf at the revered Pasatiempo GC, a Dr. Alister MacKenzie design. He played collegiate golf at the University of Arizona, and U.C. Santa Barbara, earning second team all-conference honors. He later received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo as well, launching his career. While at U.C.S.B., further exposure to MacKenzie’s work at The Valley Club heavily influenced his design style of utilizing a site’s natural features to promote a strong and natural “sense of place” and to form a network of strategy and variety for the golf course.
Todd still enjoys competition, having played in the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur Championships and winning U.S. Public Links Medalist honors in 1998.
Mr. Eckenrode is a proud member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has judged the Lido Competition, jointly conducted by GolfWorld and the Alistair MacKenzie Society, and Golf Digest’s Armchair Architect contest.
Cypress Point Club
The Valley Club of Montecito
Royal County Down
The Old Course…..this is hard!