Gil Hanse, the principal architect of the Larkin Group, was the golf course architect for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This was the first time golf was in the Olympics in more than 100 years and Hanse was honored to have been awarded this once-in-a-lifetime design commission. The Larkin Group partnered with Hanse to be the Sustainability Manager for the Olympic Course.

Since his Olympic commission, Hanse has been globetrotting with new projects, from Korea to Dubai. Back at home Hanse has been commissioned to build 27 new holes at Bandon Dunes, Oregon and has completed a total renovation of the Vineyard Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard.

The USGA has announced that two of Gil’s recently renovated courses will host the U.S. Open: the Country Club will host in 2022 and Los Angeles Country Club will host in 2023.

Cavemen Construction

Gil and his design partner, Jim Wagner, are unique among architects. The two members of “Caveman Construction” like to do the shaping of greens and bunker themselves, guiding the bulldozer by feel as much as an adherence to the drawings. Gil Hanse is an acclaimed proponent of traditional golf who believes a course should be simple and elegant in appearance, yet sophisticated in strategy and interest. Hanse’s minimalist design philosophy, use of native vegetation and natural contours complement the sustainable philosophy of the Larkin Group.


To view some of Gil Hanse’s portfolio go to our Projects page for a representative display of some of his original courses as well as his renovations and restorations.