Gil Hanse

Golf Course Design Analyst


A highly regarded golf course designer and architect, Gil Hanse provides dynamic insight into the course’s strategic components at the U.S. Open.


The President and Lead Designer of Hanse Golf Course Design, Hanse is a champion of traditional golf with an emphasis on minimalist design, and the use of existing features to shape his courses. He is also committed to environmental sustainability and is the principal architect of the Larkin Group, a project management firm that works to create golf courses adhering to ecologically-beneficial standards, such as no fungicides and limited organic pesticides. Hanse has built several prestigious courses including Castle Stuart in Inverness, Scotland that was voted ‘Best International Course’ of 2009. He was also voted Golf Magazine’s ‘Course Architect of the Year’ the same year. Recently he was commissioned by the PGA tour to design their newest course in China.


Hanse won the design competition to create the 2016 Olympic Games course in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the backdrop for golf’s return to the Olympic stage. He designed it to be appropriate for both professional and amateur players in order to carry on a golf legacy in the country of Brazil long after the Olympics conclude.


Hanse completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver and continued his studies at Cornell University where he completed his Masters of Landscape Architecture.