Golfweek senior writer Bradley S. Klein, who has covered course architecture since joining the magazine in 1988, has been selected as the 2015 Donald Ross Award winner by the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the society announced Tuesday. The award recognizes a positive impact on golf and course architecture and is the ASGCA’s highest honor.
Klein will be recognized March 31 at the ASGCA’s annual meeting in La Jolla, Calif.
“Brad has traveled the world studying and reporting on golf course architecture,” ASGCA president Lee Schmidt said. “His articles and books have informed golfers and non-golfers alike, telling the story of courses and those who design them.
“His critiques keep architecture in the public eye and start conversations about how design contributes so much to the essence of the game. ASGCA respects his knowledge and perspective. We appreciate his skill in describing what we do and all that golf courses bring to our communities.”
Klein, 60, has written seven books on course architecture and history, including “Discovering Donald Ross,” which won the U.S. Golf Association’s 2001 International Book Award. Before joining Golfweek, Klein caddied on the PGA Tour. He holds a doctorate in political science and spent 14 years as a university professor.
“This is such an honor,” Klein said. “I’m really proud to have had a home for so long at Golfweek and with so much print space to develop a voice on these issues.”
He joins a list of Donald Ross Award winners that includes Herbert Warren Wind, Peter Dobereiner, Charles Price, Dick Taylor, Ron Whitten, George Peper and James Dodson.
Founded in 1946, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is the oldest professional organization of golf course designers in America. The ASGCA is based in Brookfield, Wis.