Love Enterprises and Associates, Inc. is a golf course design company with a firm commitment to preserving the land in its natural state by designing a course that will compliment the existing terrain. The company was formed in 1994 and has a design team filled with experience to create courses that blend naturally with the land.
Davis Love III brings celebrity stature and golf expertise to the team. As one of the PGA Tour’s most successful players, he has won twenty-five tournaments during his career including The Players Championship and the 1997 PGA Championship. Having played great golf courses all over the world, Davis has been exposed to every type of golf course architecture. He has been a serious student of the game all his life and has definite ideas about what makes a golf course great.
Mark Love, Davis’ brother, serves as President of Love Enterprises and brings golf knowledge as well as business acumen to the company. Having been exposed to the game of golf at an early age by his father, Davis Love, Jr., Mark learned the game well. He has been a golf instructor with the Golf Digest Learning Center and has caddied for Davis during most of his career. He played golf for Valdosta State College, where he earned a degree in communications. Mark managed a golf shaft distribution company prior to dedicating himself to the golf course design business.
Bob Spence, formerly with Kemper Sports Management, brings more than 35 years experience in the design, construction and management of golf courses. He serves as the Vice President of Love Enterprises and is considered to be one of the true experts in golf course design and construction.
Paul Cowley has more than 25 years experience in resort design, land planning, design and construction.
Scot Drader is the newest member of the Love Enterprises design team and serves as a construction supervisor. Scot came to the company after spending nine years as a golf course superintendent and is a current member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Love Enterprises, as with past course designers, envisions a course by walking the land. The design team works hard to make the golf course fit the land…not make the land fit the golf course. Love Enterprises maintains the age-old tradition of sculpting a golf course to work in harmony with the land, not against it.
Beyond the design team, Love Enterprises also has experience and professionalism in its support staff. The office, which is based on St. Simons Island, Ga., is managed by Pat Shelnutt. Pat brings nearly 30 years of experience in banking and accounting and is responsible for the financial management of the company. Pat serves as Treasurer of Love Enterprises, an office she has held since the company was founded. John McKenzie is the Marketing Director and is primarily responsible for finding new projects for the company. Once a job is started, John serves as the coordinator between the owner and Love Enterprises and is responsible for all promotions involving Davis and/or Love Enterprises. John brings a wealth of golf business experience to the company having worked as a golf professional for eight years. Victor Galan works as the CAD operator and works directly with Paul Cowley in producing all computer renderings and construction plans. Having CAD capability ensures an easy and usually quick transfer of information between Love Enterprises and the owner’s land planner and engineer.
Davis and Mark’s business goal with Love Enterprises has been simple- to design and build high quality, enjoyable golf courses that fit with the individual needs of each owner/developer, and to do so in the most economical manner possible, so that every project is given the greatest opportunity to succeed. To date, we feel we have been able to accomplish this with each of the seven golf courses we have completed. We have designed various types of facilities: affordable public, affordable resort, upscale public and upscale resort. We currently have two projects under construction, a new 18-hole daily-fee course for Bluegreen Golf located near Raleigh, N.C. and a complete 18-hole renovation of an upscale resort/private course for the Sea Island Company here on St. Simons Island, Ga.
DAVIS LOVE III
A North Carolina native, Love began playing golf as soon as he could walk. Love’s golfing ability comes naturally as he is the son of the late Davis Love, Jr., a great player in his own right and regarded as one of the premiere teachers in golf. Davis Love, III’s book, Every Shot I Take, chronicles his first lessons of golf with his father who not only was a mentor to Davis but, more importantly, his best friend.
Davis turned professional in 1988 after graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Davis continues to carry on the family golf tradition by establishing himself as one of the most renowned players in the world.
With his long awaited first Major victory at the 1997 PGA Championship, at historic Winged Foot Golf Club, Davis claimed what was rightfully his as he captured the hearts of his fans in one of the most emotional final rounds of a Major in golf history.
In 1999, Davis continues his excellent career finishing second at this year’s Masters Tournament, and he is currently ranked sixth on the PGA Tour Money List.
Davis has always kept his family close to his golfing career. His brother Mark has been on the bag as caddie for most of his tournament victories. The two of them have carried this successful relationship into a thriving new golf-course design business.
Davis and Mark entered the golf course design business in 1995, when they formed Love Enterprises and Associates, Inc. Their company has since been responsible for the design and project management of four golf facilities. The first one was Ocean Creek on Fripp Island, South Carolina, which was named ‘Top Ten You Can Play’ by Golf Magazine in 1996. Currently, two more Davis Love, III signature courses are under construction with a limited number of projects in the development phase.
When Davis is not playing golf, he enjoys spending time with his wife Robin and his two children Alexia and Davis IV.
BORN: April 13, 1964
RESIDENCE: St. Simons Island, Georgia
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’3" 182 lbs.
FAMILY: Wife-Robin, Daughter-Alexia, Son-Davis IV
EDUCATION: University of North Carolina
PGA TOUR Victories
(14) 1987 MCI Heritage Golf Classic. 1990 The International. 1991 MCI Heritage Golf Classic. 1992 THE PLAYERS Championship, MCI Heritage Golf Classic, KMart Greater Greensboro Open. 1993 Infiniti Tournament of Champions, Las Vegas Invitational. 1995Freeport-McMoRan Classic. 1996 Buick Invitational. 1997 PGA Championship, Buick Challenge. 1998 MCI Classic. 2001 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
1995 World Cup (Indiv.). 1998 Chunichi Crowns (Jpn.)
Walker Cup, 1985; Dunhill Cup, 1992; World Cup (5), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; Ryder Cup (4), 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999; The Presidents Cup (4), 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000
LOVE ENTERPRISES COMPLETED PROJECTS
- Ocean Creek Golf Course (Resort) Fripp Island, South Carolina; The Fripp Company , Named a ‘Top Ten You Can Play’ by Golf Magazine
- Laurel Island Links (Municipal) Kingsland, Georgia; City of Kingsland
- Cabin Bluff (Short Course) Camden County, Georgia; Sea Island Company
- Eagle’s Pointe Golf Club (Daily Fee) Hilton Head, South Carolina; Linkscorp
- Windemere (Semi-Private) Cummings, Georgia; Terrabrook, Constructed and sold more than 220 homes in less than 24 months.
- Barefoot Landing Resort and Golf Club (Resort) North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Selected by Golf Digest magazine as sixth ‘Best New’ upscale course in America for 2000.
- Shell Landing (Daily Fee) Biloxi, Mississippi. Shell Landing Development, Inc. Grand Opening Summer 2001.
- Anderson Creek Golf Club (Daily Fee) Fayetteville, North Carolina, Anderson Creek Golf Club, LLC. Grand Opening Fall 2001.
PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- The Preserve at Jordan Lake (Daily Fee) Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Bluegreen Golf. Sold 43 lots in the three days following Davis’ ground breaking appearance, a company record.
- Retreat Course (Resort/Private) St. Simons Island, Georgia. Sea Island Company.
- Wilshire Country Club (Private) Los Angeles, California
PROJECTS UNDER CONTRACT
- The Pinnacle (Daily Fee) Gastonia, North Carolina; Pinnacle Resource Group