Friday, May 19, 2017

X. G. Hassenplug, Golf Course Architect

Xenophon G. Hassenplug was born in Ohio in 1908 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Hassenplug. For a time Charles R. Hassenplug was a teacher in Sandusky with the Works Progress Administration. Xenophon Hassenplug was on the debating team at Sandusky High School in 1926, and graduated in 1927.

He went on to college at Ohio Wesleyan University and the University of Toledo, where he studied civil engineering.  In 1946 Hassenplug began his career in golf course design, when he worked with J.B. McGovern on Overbrook Country Club’s golf course at Philadelphia. Eventually, he went into private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hassenplug designed several golf courses in Pennsylvania and Ohio, including the Fairway Pines Golf Course in Painesville.  In an article featured in the September, 1983 issue of Golf Course Management, Mr. Hassenplug discussed the value of trees in enhancing the playability and appearance of a golf course. 

Xenophon G. Hassenplug died on September 24, 1992, after battling cancer. He was survived by his wife, a son, and two grandchildren.

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