MICHAEL J. SMELEK ASLA
von Hagge, Smelek and Baril
Since learning to play golf at the age of eleven, Mike Smelek has been fascinated by both the complexity of the game and the diverse beauty of the environment in which it is played. This appreciation for the outdoors and an emerging talent for art led him to pursue a career in Landscape Architecture. While attending the University of Idaho, he set a goal of specializing in golf course design and shortly after graduating in 1980, was given an opportunity to fulfill this passion. In March 1981, he moved to Texas and began his apprenticeship with Robert von Hagge.
Mike Smelek, now a Principal, has primary responsibilities in the United States and Mexico, as well as the Pacific Basin Region. His most recently completed projects include Ube Country Club, in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Ube currently hosts the JPGA Ube Kosan Open. The tournament has been an overwhelming success and this will be its venue for years to come. Also opened for play in 2001 was the third 9 holes of the 36-hole Torreon Golf Club in Show Low, Arizona. Additionally, Los Lagos Golf Club was opened in January 2001 for the City of Edinburg, Texas. This promises to be the premiere golf course in the south Texas region. In 2002 Bosque Real Country Club opened. This will be the most significant residential golf course community to be created in Mexico City. It will also host the PGA Senior Event in 2003.
Mike’s current responsibilities include La Herradura Golf Club, an 18-hole private course in Monterrey, Mexico scheduled to open in the fall of 2004; Grey Hawk Golf Club, an 18-hole daily fee golf course in Cleveland, Ohio; El Campanario Country Club in Queretaro, Mexico and the renovation of our Tres Vidas Country Club in Acapulco, Mexico. Additionally, Mt. Rainier Resort, an 18-hole destination resort on the south side of Mt. Rainier, near Elbe, Washington is scheduled to begin construction late in 2004, after eight years of design and permitting; And, two municipal courses for the City of Plantation, Florida and the City of Henderson, Nevada.
Other notable projects with which Mike has been involved include:
Walden on Lake Houston Houston, Texas
Crystal Springs Golf Course Hardyston, New Jersey
Sonterra Country Club San Antonio, Texas
The Ridge Club Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Bajamar Resort Ensenada, Mexico
Isla Navidad Manzanillo, Mexico
Arima Royal Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
Katsuragaoka Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Columbine Country Club Columbine Valley, Colorado
Northgate Country Club Houston, Texas
Maoi Resort Hokkaido, Japan
Horai Country Club Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Nishinasuno Country Club Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Minobu Golf Club Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
Malibu Golf Club Kobe, Japan
La Vista Country Club Puebla, Mexico
Bay Colony Country Club Naples, Florida
Ube Country Club Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan