BIOGRAPHY: During his 40-year career, Dennis Wise has built a reputation of creating memorable and enjoyable golf courses that are successfully positioned in the market place, allowing client’s the opportunity to optimize return on their assets.
Dennis entered golf course design in 1979 and worked his way up to senior designer for Larry Packard in Chicago, Illinois. Six years later he was hired by golf architect, Tom Fazio in Jupiter, Florida. Dennis gained recognition as a senior designer with this international design firm known for creating award-winning golf courses. For 28 years, he led and managed a design team from Fazio’s only satellite design studios in Kansas City and Phoenix and was personally responsible for over 100 golf courses. Eight of those courses are currently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
In 2013, Dennis opened his own design firm, Dennis Wise Golf Course Design®. His first solo effort was the redesign of Makena Golf & Beach Club’s North course in Maui which launched as a private course in 2016.
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“ Throughout the design and construction process of my golf course his ability to grasp and nurture our vision was extraordinary to witness. I encouraged Dennis to exceed my expectations and he delivered a masterpiece which I call home. ”
Chairman & Founder
Charles Schwab Corporation and The Stock Farm Club
“ I have had the privilege to work with Dennis of the Fazio Design Group on seven of my Discoveryland projects over the past 20 years. From Estancia being our first project together, to the Madison Club, our most recent, Dennis was instrumental in helping us to achieve truly memorable golf experiences. He has been an important partner to me personally in the success of those projects. ”
Chairman and CEO
Discovery Land Company
“ The best decision we made at Shooting Star was hiring Fazio Golf Course Designers. Dennis was Tom’s right hand man from beginning to end and was superb in helping to create a world-class golf course that fit Jackson Hole’s unique environment. Dennis was always there when you needed him and was unparalleled at working with the contractor and keeping the project on time and on budget. I would whole heartedly recommend Dennis to any owner on any golf project. ”
President, Shooting Star
“ I have had the privilege to work with Dennis on Grayhawk (Raptor), Glenwild, and most recently Whisper Rock projects I did with Fazio Golf Design. Each project was designed for a different segment; high-end daily fee, private with real estate and a private golf club. In each case Dennis helped us tailor the final golf design and completed product, to the market we were selling to. He understands the needs and requirements of each of those segments and helped make sure all three projects were enjoyable and successful golf experiences. ”
Owner of Grayhawk Development
“ In developing Martis Camp and Glenwild, we focused on collaborative relationships who share our vision to create extraordinary places. Dennis stands by these ideals, and was instrumental in delivering our critically acclaimed golf courses. The value of our partnership with Dennis and the legacy properties he helped us to create are alive and well, and we look forward to our next project with him. “
Chairman and Founding Partner of DMB Associates
“Dennis’ experience and understanding of the many facets of golf design from initial design ideas and concepts to the personal interactions that is required by all clients and owners is second to none. I believe Dennis will continue to be extremely successful in the future.”
Fazio Golf Course Designers