Vice President VHSB-GOLF LLC von Hagge, Smelek and Baril

Rick Baril graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1981.  Rick worked at a Landscape Architectural design/build firm during college and following graduation.

In 1982 he joined von Hagge & Devlin.  Becoming a Registered Landscape Architect in 1983, Rick simultaneously assumed increased responsibilities with various U.S. projects.

When von Hagge, Smelek and Baril ventured into the European market in 1986, Rick was designated project architect and he has been responsible for the design of all vHS&B courses in Europe.

In 1994, Robert von Hagge invited Rick to become a partner and owner in von Hagge, Smelek and Baril. In Europe, Rick’s efforts helped von Hagge, Smelek and Baril garner a nomination for the Gold Medal Award for European Excellence.  The Puegeot golf guide of “France’s Finest Golf Courses” listed von Hagge designed courses in the #1, #2, #3 and #4 positions (out of more than 350 golf courses). Some or Rick’s noteworthy accomplishments include:

  •  Golf International Les Bordes – #1 in Europe (Golf World)
  • Golf de Seignosse  – Honored as “Best Golf Course of the Year – France (1990)”
  • Golf Club National – 2018 RYDER CUP VENUE  and “Best Golf Course of the Year – France (1991).
  • Circolo Golf Bogogno – Honored as “Best Golf Course of the Year – Italy (1998)”
  • Stensballegaard Golf Club – “Development of the Year” GolfInc magazine (2010)
  • Atchafalaya Golf Course – Golfweek Top 25 new golf courses in the US (2007)

Rick has been involved in the design of courses in the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Europe.  Some of the more notable courses (in addition to those previously mentioned) are:

Gleneagles   Dallas, Texas (36 holes)

Chase Oaks    Dallas, Texas (27 holes)

Preston Trails    Dallas, Texas (renovation)

Northgate Country Club  Houston, Texas

Falcon Point   Katy, Texas (1985)

Golf de Courson Monteloup    Paris, France (36 holes)

Golf Le Kempferhof    Strasbourg, France

Royal Mougins Golf Club     Mougins, France

Emporda Golf Club    Costa Brava, Spain (36 holes)

Royal Benslimane   BenSlimane, Morocco

Red Tail    Cleveland, Ohio

Raveneaux Country Club    Houston, Texas

Bouznika Bay Golf Course   Casablanca, Morocco (9 holes)

Real Sociedad Hipica Espagnol Club de Campo    Madrid, Spain (36 holes)

Is Arenas    Sardinia, Italy

White Witch – Ritz Carlton  Montego Bay, Jamaica

Houston National    Houston, Texas (27 holes)

Cinnamon Hill Golf Course    Montego Bay, Jamaica (renovation)

El Tigre” Paradise Village Resort  Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Los Azulejos      Torreon, Mexico

Pine Lake CC   Detroit, Michigan (renovation)

Atchafalaya Golf Club    Patterson, Louisiana

St. Anna Golf Club  Genoa, Arenzano, Italy

Anfi Tauro    Gran Canaria Island, Spain

Falcon Point Golf Club   Katy, Texas (renovation 2005)

El Encin Golf Hotel    Madrid, Spain

Lyngbygaard Golf Club   Aarhus, Denmark

Stensballegaard Golf Club    Horsens, Denmark

Membership Affiliations (present and past):

American Society of Golf Course Architects Associate Member  – ASGCA #224

American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA

Registered Landscape Architect – Texas Board of Architectural Examiners – TBAE  #1205

President, Board of Directors – International Foundation for Junior Golf (IFJG)

Member – Urban Land Institute

Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of America (GCSAA)