Tom Kite’s playing career could be described as one of tremendous consistency. Growing up under the guidance of the Hall of Fame instructor, Harvey Penick, Kite had an impressive amateur career. At the University of Texas, he captained two NCAA championship teams and was co-medalist at the 1972 NCAA Tournament. He represented the United States in the 1970 Eisenhower Cup Matches and the 1971 Walker Cup before turning professional in 1973.
Kite’s professional career has been successful winning 19 official PGA Tour tournaments. His most memorable win was the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. From 1989 to 1995, Kite was the career leading money winner on the PGA Tour. He has been a member of seven U.S. Ryder Cup teams and was the captain of the 1997 team. In 1979, the USGA bestowed their highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, to Kite for his sportsmanship. He has won two Vardon Trophies (1981, 1982) for low scoring average and was named Player of the Year in 1981 and 1989. After turning 50, Kite has focused on the Champions Tour winning an additional nine events including one major championship, the Tradition. In 2004, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, joining an elite list of greats who have played the game.
Welcome to Tom Kite Design!
The name Tom Kite has long been associated with quality and consistency on the golf course. Throughout his Hall of Fame career, he has been one of the most consistent, successful and innovative golfers of all time. For more than thirty years, Kite has played and studied most of the greatest golf courses in the world. In the early 1990’s he decided to take his love of playing golf and use it to begin work designing golf courses. Kite has now designed twelve courses with another two in the construction phase. He utilizes his vast experience and knowledge of the game of golf in each of his design projects with the goal of creating a high-level course that is capable of hosting a PGA Tour event and yet is enjoyable and playable for all skill levels.
March 2010: It was just announced that Vanderbilt Legends Club, designed by Tom Kite and Bob Cupp, will host the 2012 NCAA Women's Championships. Kite says, "Vanderbilt Legends Club has played host to a number of great tournaments over the years, and I am excited that another great event will take place on this course. I hope everyone in the Nashville area will start making plans to support these great young golfers." Click here to read more.
"The opportunity to play the greatest golf courses in the world has exposed me to traditional and classic golf design principals and helped form my design philosophy. My desire to build exceptional golf courses requires me to be actively involved in all phases of the design process. Above all else, I want to offer golfers of all abililties an experience that will delight, inspire and challenge. Thanks for visiting the site, and please don't hesitate to send us an email if you have questions or would like more information on Tom Kite Design."