Architect Greg Nash dies at 66

Greg Nash, who designed more than 80 golf courses, died on Aug. 21 after a brief stay at a hospice facility. He was 66.

Nash recently had back surgery and, while recovering in the hospital, he took ill with an unknown cause. The Phoenix-based architect was best known for dozens of courses that he designed with Billy Casper for Del Webb-developed communities in Arizona, California and Nevada. Perhaps his best design was Anthem Country Club in Anthem, Ariz., where he was also a member.

Nash, an American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) member, took pride in creating beautiful, playable golf courses that provide fun, fair challenges to players of all abilities.

A native of Hays, Kansas, and resident of Anthem, Arizona, Nash received a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona and got his start as an architect in Red Lawrence’s firm. He built his own firm, Greg Nash Design, on the foundation of creating beautiful, playable golf courses that provide fun, fair challenges to players of all abilities while blending seamlessly with their natural surroundings.

After completion of a golf course, Greg Nash Design continued to work with its clients as consultants, helping them set up cost–effective and environmentally sensitive maintenance programs. These programs included the use of sophisticated irrigation systems, climatically suitable turf grasses, ground covers and trees.

Nash is survived by his wife, Cynthia; children, Shawn and Rachelle, and two grandchildren. Donations are being accepted in Nash’s name to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix.

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