In addition to his own design work, Kyle has been fortunate to have been a part of the neo-classical design movement spearheaded by Tom Doak, the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and Gil Hanse. This movement has changed the industry the last 20 years by moving the “Design & Build” philosophy to the forefront. This philosphy is dedicated to building world class courses and restorations themselves. Instead of merely handing plans created in an office to a contractor, they are hands on building their own courses. This combination of craftmanship and personal attention produces better results and eliminates uneccessary outside contracted costs for a client – a substantial sum on any project. As a result, this philosophy is responsible for building the highest ranked courses of the last 80 years at substantially lower prices. The ability to achieve award winning results at Mid Pines for half the price was predicated on Kyle’s knowledge of the business, the Design & Build philosophy, and doing as much of the project as possible “in-house” with the maintenance staff. For any client, this is a perfect formula. As a Design/Build firm, this philosophy allows Kyle to achieve the highest quality results while translating concepts personally in the field. This also allows him to eliminate many of these unnecessary outside contracted costs, and keep project budgets/expenditures as low as possible. His shaping, design, management, construction, finishing, and project planning talents are well established, and he specializes particularly in the artful design and construction of greens complexes and bunkers.

Overall, Kyle is highly skilled at developing and executing the overall project initiatives. His coordination and communication skills make him a highly effective team leader with a proven ability to achieve world class results.

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There’s something to be said for youthful exuberance, talent and dreams. Franz has worked under some of the best in the business - Tom Doak, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw and Gil Hanse - and on some of the best projects - the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration and currently the 2016 Olympic course in Rio de Janeiro.
He’s currently putting the final touches on a restoration of Mid Pines a 1921 Donald Ross classic in Southern Pines, which is his first solo project. It’s impressive. Mid Pines will reopen with an exciting new feel executed by a potential rising star in the golf course design front
— Bill Droschak -

Awards and Recognition

  • 2013 Resort Renovation of the Year -- Golf Magazine
  • Golfweek Top 100 Classic Courses 
  • 2000 and 2002 Tom Doak/Renaissance Golf Design Internship