Zinkand Golf Design

David Zinkand . Biography

David Zinkand, an Ohio native and avid Buckeye fan, who now resides with his wife, daughter and two dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona, graduated from Cornell University in 1997, where he studied Landscape Architecture and played on the golf team. As a senior, he received a scholarship from the Dreer Award, an endowment for the study of landscape architecture and horticulture abroad. Dave applied the award towards a year of touring more than two hundred golf courses in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, providing insight into Britain and Ireland’s finest heathland and linksland layouts.

Since that journey, he has worked for many esteemed architects, including Arthur Hills, Gil Hanse, and Mike DeVries. As a Design Associate with Coore & Crenshaw, Dave managed projects and contributed feature shaping to their projects for fourteen years. Several of his key contributions to the team include the construction of Bandon Preserve (Bandon, OR), Bandon Trails and the Saguaro Course at Wekopa (Fountain Hills, AZ).

In 2008, Dave collaborated with Jeff Bradley, a.k.a. the Bunker Guru, for a renovation of Weekapaug Golf Club in Rhode Island. Drawing inspiration from Dave’s experience with seaside golf courses and the site itself, the two designed and shaped a truly dramatic product for the membership. Dave returned to Weekapaug in 2011 for additional renovations. This collaborative effort was the first move in Dave’s transition from design associate and shaper for Coore & Crenshaw to engaging as a lead architect on both solo and collaborative design projects.

He began a new collaboration with Drew Rogers in 2013 renovating the bunkers on Harry Colt & Donald Ross’s hybrid gem, Old Elm Club, in Chicago. That summer Dave performed an extensive renovation of Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona. The combination of his shaping and management experience in golf course construction, familiarity with many of the finest golf courses in the world, and formal education in landscape architecture provide a remarkable foundation for Dave’s career in golf design.