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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

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NGF TOP 100 BUSINESSES IN GOLF

Wadsworth Golf Construction Company

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Corporate Headquarters

Plainfield, Illinois

Website

Key Employees

Patrick Karnick – President
Greg Korneta – Vice President
Mark Slugocki – Vice President
Eric Wadsworth – Vice President

Profile

Wadsworth Golf Construction Company has built over 750 golf courses in 44 states over the past six decades while restoring or renovating hundreds more.

Wadsworth Construction was founded in 1958 when Brent Wadsworth decided to leave his career in golf course architecture and create a company dedicated to the specialized aspects of building the world’s best golf courses. From the beginning, the company has earned a reputation for integrity, service, and quality of workmanship that is unsurpassed in the industry.

Wadsworth Golf Construction Company has previously enhanced Palm Harbor, Fla.’s Innisbrook Golf Resort, host of the PGA TOUR’s Valspar Championship. (Photo courtesy: Wadsworth Golf Construction)

 

The Wadsworth Golf Construction Company has teamed up with many of the world’s leading architects and developers to help create and enhance some of the greatest venues for golf. Some championship caliber golf projects include Valhalla Golf Club, host of three PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup; TPC San Antonio, host of the Valero Texas Open; Innisbrook Golf Resort, host of the Valspar Championship; and Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, host of several celebrity and professional events.

The Wadsworth Golf Construction Company has also created or modified more than 40 municipal and military golf courses. A more recent public golf course renovation included working with Tom Weiskopf to improve the highly acclaimed Torrey Pines North Course. In addition, the company has been selected to construct a new golf course that will be built at the PGA of America’s new home. Located in Frisco, Texas, the course will be designed by Beau Welling.

“Golf courses are living organisms and change on a daily basis. The components on a golf course, such as greens, bunkers, drainage systems and irrigation, all have a limited lifecycle,” said Patrick Karnick, Wadsworth’s President.

“Often, the golf facilities’ investments are related to infrastructure improvements that can help reduce the long-term maintenance costs, while [also] enhancing the consistent playability of the golf course,” Karnick added. “Technological advancements in bunker construction, for instance, have helped save countless maintenance hours, while providing the golfer improved accessibility and consistency [as well].”

Through the hiring and retention of some of the most skilled operators and laborers in the golf course construction industry, the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company continues to focus on delivering the highest quality products with project managers that average 30 years of company experience. The company stays true to its mantra – Respect, Honesty, and Fairness – and works with each of its clients and architects to deliver a product that yields a return on the investment, while also paying respect to the game of golf.

In addition, the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, which was founded by Brent Wadsworth in 1997, has contributed over $6 million to projects and programs that help provide access to kids, adults, handicapped individuals, and veterans that may not have previously been provided an opportunity to enjoy the game. The Foundation remains focused on improving society through the embodiment of the moral, ethical, and cultural codes of the game.

The Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation has contributed over $6 million to projects and programs that help provide access to people that may not have previously been provided an opportunity to enjoy the game of golf. (Photo courtesy: Wadsworth Golf Construction)

NGF Takeaways

More than a half-century of experience has yielded a wealth of problem-solving construction techniques for the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company. Perhaps most importantly – for owners and operators who hire Wadsworth, especially – it means jobs are completed on time and within budget.

While the Wadsworth Golf Construction Company was busy during the industry’s building boom, which saw almost 5,000 new courses built between 1986 and 2005, it has remained active, as some of the facilities from that era are now undertaking significant restoration projects. Many of these upgrades incorporate new technologies, including modern irrigation systems and drainage, as well as tree removal, green restorations, and the addition of more teeing grounds.

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