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"I'm extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living. For me, designing or renovating a golf course is not about ego--it's about
helping my client and being part of creating something that will long outlive me and my time. It's a blessing...a very humbling one."

                                                                                                                                                             -- Nathan Crace, ASGCA

 Nathan E. Crace, ASGCA | principal and golf course architect
| nathan@watermarkgolf.com

A full member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), our principal, Nathan Crace, was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised just across the Ohio River in Charlestown, Indiana.  His entire family (parents and sisters) still resides in the Greater Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area.  Nathan is a Graduate of Mississippi State University's prestigious Professional Golf Management Program--one of only three such programs in the world that were sanctioned by the PGA of America at the time.  He also has a degree in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from Mississippi State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.   Nathan is a member in good standing of both the American Planning Association and the Golf Writer's Association of America and is a former affiliate member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  

From time to time, Nathan has served as a guest lecturer and speaker at Mississippi State University for the "Design of the Golf Environment" class where he utilizes his real-world experience and public speaking skills to assist students from the Professional Golf Management, Sports and Turf Management, and Landscape Architecture programs in the planning, routing, development, and design of golf facilities for class projects and thesis projects. 

Nathan's body of work in golf course architecture has received high-profile recognition throughout his career.  Perhaps the most recognizable awards include Golf Digest's "Best New Affordable Public Course in America" for his design of Copper Mill Golf Club in Zachary, Louisiana (Greater Baton Rouge) and by Golf Inc. Magazine for naming his re-design of Ole Miss Golf Course for The University of Mississippi (in historic Oxford, Mississippi) as the "#3 Best Renovation in America" behind only Cog Hill in Chicago and the TPC Los Colinas course in Dallas--both of which have been regular hosts to the PGA Tour (and spent considerably more on their renovations compared to Ole Miss GC).

Nathan has more than two decades of extensive and invaluable experience in golf course architecture and planning, including the creation and preparation of drawings and technical specifications, project budgeting, bidding for public entities, oversight and monitoring of construction, assistance with grow-in and the like.  Prior to co-founding Watermark Golf, Nathan served as the Senior Design Associate with another golf course design firm for nearly eight years and during his tenure with that firm, Nathan was directly involved with the full design and implementation of the firm's projects including such notable projects as Hattiesburg CC, Copper Mill Golf Club, Caroline Golf Club, and Brookhaven CC to name a few, where he took the lead first-hand in the design process.  Since founding Watermark Golf, Nathan has continued his success by providing designs that are both cost-effective and aesthetically-appealing for his clients for private developers and owners, country clubs, municipalities and other public groups, and even the United States Air Force. 

Although his true passion is golf course architecture, he has discovered a keen sense of practical skill and ingenuity in residential and golf course master planning to provide clients with a better overall synergy in regards to the operations of a golf course, its related ancillary facilities, and any surrounding residential development.  This ability enables his clients to realize a cost savings by better planning for the future for their facilities.  More information regarding our land planning services can be found at www.watermarkplanning.com. For information about our services regarding the design of sports complexes, please visit www.watermarksports.com.

Nathan is also active in promoting the game of golf for juniors and promoting the golf industry for those seeking a career in golf.   In addition to serving as a former member of the advisory committee for Hinds Community College's Irrigation and Turf Equipment Maintenance program, he is also active in his support for the LPGA/USGA's Mary Ann Edge Mississippi Junior Girls' Golf School that promotes the game to both beginners and more experienced junior girl players.  You may have also read some of Nathan's "literary work" in his freelance column called "Lipouts" where he writes about his perspective on current events in the world of golf.  Lipouts appears in a number of regional and national publications on a regular basis as well as special runs for features.  

Through his educational background as well as life and work experiences, Nathan has gained invaluable insight into all aspects of golf--the game, the course, and the business.  Nathan has not only completed several PGA seminars, but he has also participated in a project jury and seminar conducted at Mississippi State University while he was in college by renown golf course architect Robert Cupp, who would later become one of Nathan's ASGCA sponsors.

Nathan's educational background includes Turfgrass Management, Golf Course Operations, Design of The Golf Environment, Golf Course Architecture, Plant Biology, and Landscape Architecture in addition to International Marketing, Business Quantitative Analysis, Marketing Research and other specialized business courses to offer clients a full package of services. 

Prior to designing golf courses, Nathan served as assistant golf professional at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi (host site of the 1999 U.S. Women's Open); Big Spring Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky (site of the 1952 PGA Championship); Castlewoods Country Club in Jackson, Mississippi; and Diamondhead Country Club on the Gulf Coast.  He has found that those "real world" experiences from the operational side of the golf industry have given him a leg up on other golf course architects who may never fully understand how their work impacts the day to day operations of the course they design and/or renovate.

Note: To find more information regarding Nathan's background and how he found the golf course design industry as a career (or how it found him), be sure to visit the "Experience" page.

* Nathan is member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and a practicing golf course architect; he is not a landscape architect.

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