Ron Kern

Golf Course Architect, ASGCA

ron kern headshotPurgatory was designed by Ron Kern, a second-generation golf course architect. Ron practices the traditional principles of golf course architecture, drawing inspiration from course masters such as Bill Diddel, Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie and A.W. Tillinghast.

Ron favors strategic design. A golf course’s risk and reward characteristics should encourage better players to gamble for an improved shot, while providing average players with a safer route to the cup.

Ron also believes that an architect should take what nature offers and create the best 18 holes possible. This not only means moving the least amount of dirt necessary, it also respects and maintains the land’s natural beauty. His approach has transformed the land’s natural contours and beauty into Purgatory Golf Club’s spectacular, challenging course.

Ron is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), which includes such notable architects as Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio. Kern was sponsored by Pete Dye and by his father, Gary Kern.

Ron Kern also designed:

  • Evansville Country Club, (remodel), Evansville, Indiana
  • Fox Run Golf Club, Eureka, Missouri
  • Hanging Tree Golf Club, Westfield, Indiana
  • Pebble Brook Golf and Country Club, North Course Noblesville, Indiana
  • West Chase Golf Club, Brownsburg, Indiana

Kern is an artist by nature. In addition to his golf courses, Kern’s artistry shows in his magnificent black and white photography. His photography has been shown in exhibits, published in newspapers and is carried by a national art dealer.

Kern has a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University and on the job experience as a civil engineer.