Kris Spence is recognized as one of the leading golf course architects in the design and restoration of classic golf architecture. A traditionalist at heart, Kris brings his passion and understanding of the golden era courses to each project. His ability to integrate design, construction, maintenance and management of your course comes from 25+ years of experience in every facet of the golf business. Whether you are designing a new course or seeking to upgrade an existing course, Kris Spence Golf Design can provide complete design, construction, grow-in and management consulting services.
Kris and his design-build company, Spence Golf, Inc., are results-oriented and offer a full compliment of course design and construction services. SGI works to form a lasting relationship with clients; one built on trust, integrity and dedication services. SGI’s successful track record speaks for itself.
The transformation of Providence Country Club is complete and the results are striking. Architect Kris Spence has created a course with instant character. Golfers of every level will find Providence a good test while still being fun to play. It is a terrific addition to McConnell Golf.
Kris Spence understands the artistry and challenge inherent in quality golf courses and his work on Providence Country Club has elevated the course across the board. Spence saw what PCC could be and he's taken it there, giving the course a new look and feel while accomplishing the most important goal — making it more fun to play.
Kris Spence has done exceptional work in the Charlotte area recently, most notable at Cedarwood and Carolina Golf Club, but I was especially impressed with the changes he made at Providence. The green complexes fit the layout of the course perfectly. I particularly liked what he did on the par 3 fourth hole. There is now a speed slot on the right portion of the green that can carry your ball to the hole or send it over the green. And the fall off areas surrounding the greens are significant. The par 5 8th hole has a steep ridge on the left portion of the green that now requires more accuracy. The entire golf course requires as much precision as any in town and now the greens compliment the rest of the course perfectly.
Hey Kris: Hope you’re doing well & staying safe over in Greensboro. Heads up that my colleague Martin Armes arranged golf at Providence for some media VIPs & then solicited some testimonials from them. McConnell Golf will be using them for marketing purposes etc., and thought you might like to, as well. Glad to see the article for Triad Golf Today turned into a cover story, That never hurts the cause. 🙂 Take care & speak again soon….
The Dogwood course at CCNC was originally designed by Ellis Maples in 1963. KSGD and his design build team at SGI remodeled the course in the summer of 2016. The project renovated the Greens (resurface, expand, contour, Champion Ultradwarf), Tees (drainage, sand base, zoysia), Fairways (organic removal, drainage, sand cap, zoysia), Bunkers (remodel, reposition, rebuild, BBB system), Course-wide drainage, Tree Removal, Irrigation, Select Cart Paths.
The Roaring Gap Club was designed by Donald Ross in 1926 as a summer destination for the Pinehurst, NC resort crowd. KSGD and his design build team at SGI restored the entire course over several years during the off seasons (2004 thru 2014). Since the restoration: The course moved into the Golfweek Top 100 Classic (#91) in 2015 and was recognized in the Confidential Guide Vol. 3 (Gourmet’s Choice Selection and Best Restoration Recognition).
The MCC course was designed by Donald Ross in 1915, expanding the original James Foulis course to 18 holes. KSGD prepared the Master Plan, restoring the courses greens and bunkers to their original Ross configurations in 2011 (bunkers/tees) and 2016 (greens/bunkers).
Home to the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship
In 2007, Sedgefield Country Club restored its Donald Ross-designed gem to its original design and lengthened it to accommodate the modern PGA TOUR golfer. The $3 million restoration process, led by Donald Ross course restoration expert KSGD, took 10 months to complete and resulted in a stellar, classic course covering some 7,117 yards and playing to a par 70. In 2008, after more than three decades at Forest Oaks, the Wyndham Championship went home to one of the courses on which it began.
In 2008, a $9 million course renovation project led by noted architect Kris Spence elevated the golf experience at Lake Toxaway to a new level. No longer considered a quaint mountain golf course, the course’s new design provides for a truly unique and challenging experience that rivals any golf course in Western North Carolina.
“The renovations to the Lake Toxaway course have made it a fun and challenging test of golf. It’s a golf course I look forward to playing while on vacation and one that can keep me sharp while away from the PGA Tour.” — Matt Kuchar, PGA Tour Superstar, 2016 Olympic Golf Bronze Medalist
Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota FL is a private 18 hole golf club designed by the legendary Donald Ross in 1925. The course was altered after several renovations to the greens and bunkers leaving little of the course that Mr. Ross envisioned. In 2017 the club reached out to Kris Spence, Golf Architect to develop a restoration plan that would bring the course back to its historical roots and playing characteristics.
NORTH RIDGE COUNRY CLUB, RALEIGH NC – NRCC is a private 36 hole family oriented golf and country club located on the north side of North Carolinas capital city. In late 2018 the club reached out to golf architect Kris W. Spence to develop a master plan and new vision for the Oaks course, one of two at the club designed in the 70’s by legendary architects George Cobb and Gene Hamm. On my first visit, I saw courses with a somewhat modernistic feel and appearance sitting upon a very traditional piece of land. The holes naturally flowed over gorgeous rolling ridges and swales that were ideally suited for my style of old school architecture.