In 2013, Gearhart Golf Links asked John Strawn, the president of Hills & Forrest, International Golf Course Architects, to advise us on our plans for tree removal and course improvements. Even though Hills & Forrest is based in Ohio, John is a Portland resident who’s been involved in course design since the 1980s, both as a partner in golf design firms and as a writer about golf and course design issues. As someone who was already familiar with Gearhart, John was an excellent resource for us, and will continue to provide assistance as we “Polish the Gem” that is Gearhart Golf Links. John was a partner at what was then called Arthur Hills, Steve Forrest and Associates between 1991 and 2000, when he joined the renowned design firm of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., known as Robert Trent Jones II (RTJII). While CEO of RTJII, John was present for the creation of such celebrated courses as Sweden’s Bro Hof Slott, Denmark’s Lubker Golf Resort, and most importantly Chambers Bay, where the 2015 US Open was be held. In 2012, he rejoined his former firm, now known as Hills & Forrest, where Steve Forrest, former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, is chairman and chief designer. Forrest was a leading character is Strawn’s classic account of the design and building of Ironhorse Golf Course, Driving the Green. (HarperCollins, 1991) Forrest has been involved in more than 200 new courses and renovations worldwide. “It’s been a real joy for me to see Gearhart taking its place again among the Pacific Northwest’s premier golf experiences,” Strawn said. “Working with Tim Boyle, Jason Bangild and Forrest Goodling has been rewarding, because they’re all so passionate about Gearhart and so committed to doing right by the course, its members and the larger community of golf. I know golfers are going to love what they see, especially if it’s been a while since they last played Gearhart.” For more about Hills & Forrest, go to http://www.hillsforrest.com/home.aspx, or feel free to contact John directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-360-5644.