Dr. Michael J. Hurdzan, ASGCA FellowDr. Hurdzan is also Colonel Hurdzan (Ret., USAR SpecialForces), and an internationally sought after authority ongolf course design, renovation and the environment. In February 2013 he joined Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Pete Dye, and closefriend Rees Jones as the only men in golf history to holdthe non-playing equivalent of golf's major championships"grand slam" as recipients of the highest honor bestowedby the American Society of Golf Course Architects(Donald Ross Award), the Golf Course SuperintendentsAssociation of America (Old Tom Morris Award), and theGolf Course Builder's Association of America (Don A.Rossi Award). He is Past President and fellow of theAmerican Society of Golf Course Architects, a member of the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, and an USGACommitteeman.Dr. Hurdzan has written over 100 popular articles and 6 books on golf courses and golf course architecture, toinclude Golf Course Architecture: Evolutions in Design, Construction and Restoration Technology, that has beentranslated into German, Korean, and Chinese. His influence of course design is recognized globally.Over the past 40 years he has developed a personal and professionalinterest in the interrelationship of golf and law, particularly negligenceand liability lawsuits. He has been an expert witness in over 160 casesranging from wrongful death to non-payment of contractors. This bookis based on that accumulated knowledge, experience and training.He currently practice golf course design with his sonand business partner, Dr. Christopher M. Hurdzan, MBA, from their 5,000 square foot office in Columbus, Ohio, which serves to display one of he largest private collections of golf antiquities in the world.