Individually, American Society of Golf Course Architects member, Randy Russell, has enjoyed a long and successful history in golf course architecture and other aspects of the golf industry. He began his career as an associate with legendary PGA professional Gary Player's and Ron Kirby's golf course architecture firm. Since that time, he has designed and remodeled a number of courses both independently and in collaboration with Tom Kite, Lee Trevino and others, and has worked on a wide variety of terrains includng the challenging flats of South Texas and Northern Louiosiana, the dramatic, rocky landscape of Central Texas, Appalachian Mountains, ROcky Mountains, the Philippine rainforest and the beach front of Puerto Rico. Through the years, Randy has executed a portfolio of nearly 40 projects in the United States, Puerto Rico and Asia.
In addition to his design experience, Randy has over two decades of environmental planning and highly profitable management and operations experience, including twenty-two years of operations experience with high volume public golf. Randy's partnerships with and work for various municipalities, including the City of Austin, Texas, has been very successful and have covered management and operation of existing courses and the design of new courses and remodel of existing layouts. In one instance, Randy even turned an annual $300,000.00 negative balance sheet to a profit within 18 months time.
In fact, from within the City of Austin, Randy planned, budgeted, developed, designed and operated the Roy Kizer Golf Course, which reclaimed an abandon wastewater treatment plant and created a bird sanctuary and an excellent course. Also a recent pairing with the State of Louisiana resulted in the Black Bear Golf Club; this course was developed as part of Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. Black Bear has been named as one of the top new golf tracks in the United States in the annual rankings of Best New Courses of Golf Digest magazine and was rated as the nation's 7th best new golf course with green fees less than $75. Randy also remodeled A.W. Tillinghast's Swope Memorial Golf Course, which has since received a number of accolades and hosted a number of tournaments including an United States Golf Association's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Randy received degrees from Mississippi State University in Agronomy Turfgrass Management and from Mississippi College in Biology.
In addition to Randy's experience as a golf course architect, Randy has extensive experience in land planning and real estate development.
After Randy's daughter married Mike Banker, Randy found himself "helping out". Randy obtained his real estate license in 2014.