Award-winning golf course designer and Traverse City native son, Tom Doak, has won awards and accolades for his courses throughout the world. And everyone who knows Doak and his work will tell you he is committed to doing it his own way. The result? Breathtaking, adventurous courses that always start with honoring the landscape. Here are some of his courses:

Apache Stronghold Golf Course, Globe, AZAtlantic City Country Club*, Atlantic City, NJ
Ballyneal Golf Club, Holyoke, CO
Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links, Bridport, Tasmania, Australia (with Michael Clayton)
Beechtree Golf Club, Aberdeen, MD
Black Forest at Wilderness Valley, Gaylord, MI
Cape Kidnappers Golf Resort, Napier, New Zealand
Charlotte Golf Links, Charlotte NC
The Golf Club St. Andrews Beach* (Gunnamatta course), Rye, Victoria, Australia (with Michael Clayton)
High Pointe Golf Club, Williamsburg, MI
The Legends (Heathland Course), Myrtle Beach, SC
Lost Dunes Golf Club,* Bridgman, MI
Pacific Dunes, Bandon, OR
The Rawls Course at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Quail Crossing Golf Course, Evansville, IN
Riverfront Golf Course, Suffolk, VA
Sebonack Golf Club, Southampton, NY (with Jack Nicklaus)
Stone Eagle Golf Club, Palm Desert, CA
Stonewall* (North Course and Old Course) Elverson, PA
Tumble Creek at SunCadia,
Cle Elum, WAThe Village Club of Sands Point*, Sands Point, NY

Under construction:Bay of Dreams, Baja Peninsula, Mexico (9 holes to open in 2007, 9 more in 2008)
Renaissance Club at Archer Field, Gullane, Scotland (2007)Rock Creek Cattle Club, Deer Lodge, Montana (2007)

*Private course

Michael Patrick Shiels, a bestselling author and internationally published writer, is a Michigan native. He also appears on radio shows across the

Tom Doak, Course Whisperer

Note: This article was first published in July 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.