History and Background:
The name Fazio associated with course design and construction represents excellence. It all started with George Fazio, the late uncle of Jim and his younger, brother, Tom. George was an accomplished player successfully competing with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, and the other great golfers of that era. He, also, had an eye for how a golf whole should play, look, and blend into the terrain. As his playing career began winding down, George moved into a career of course design resulting in great recognition and acclaim. His contributions to golf design and accomplishments were numerous. However, many say Jupiter Hills Golf Club in south Florida may have been his most outstanding work.
The artistic instincts and the craft of golf course design were passed on to his two nephews, who were both drawn to this creative life work. George, Jim, and Tom were associated for twenty years beginning in 1961. The late George Fazio’s greatest legacy is the continued influence and impact on golf through the work of his two nephews. Although Jim’s company is located in southern Florida on the east coast and Tom has his company headquarters in the southern mountains of North Carolina, the two siblings remain very amicable and close. Both have made great contributions to the game and their communities.
Understanding and rapport must first be established between the owner and the golf course architect. Each must have and share a clear understanding of what is wanted and what is offered. Finally, each must agree that in their choice of each other, a mutually satisfactory and lasting accomplishment it predictable.
Jim Fazio’s Career Highlights:
The accomplishments of Jim Fazio and his family cannot be contained within such a limited space, but allow us to provide a list of achievements:
- Chosen by Donald Trump to design and construct Trump International Golf Club which was recently selected by Links Magazine as the best course in Florida in 2005.
- From 1967 through 1971, designed, built, and managed a 36-hole facility with one course private and the other public gaining experience and insight into facility operations.
- Formed his own company as a designer and builder. In a few ventures, played an ownership role by purchasing a share of the business.
- Just in Florida, Jim has participated in the ownership of theses excellent facilities: The Legacy Golf and Country Club of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie West (PGA) Golf and Country Club, Hawk’s Nest Golf Club near Vero Beach, and Ballyhoo National Golf Club in Palm City. All were designed and constructed by his firm.
- Has designed courses in the United States, Japan, Spain, Italy, and the Caribbean Islands.
From 1961 through 1984, Jim built or contributed to the following list of courses:
Squires Golf Club, Ambler, PA 1961
Moselem Springs Country Club, Reading, PA 1962
Coral Harbour Golf Club, Nassua, The Bahamas 1964
Champions Golf Club, Houston, TX 1964
Bay Tree Golf Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC 1972
Lincolnshire Marriott Hotel & Golf Courses, Chicago, IL 1972
Eastpointe Country Club, Juno Beach, FL 1974
Wellington Country Club, West Palm Beach, FL 1974
Palmetto Dunes (Fazio Course), Hilton Head, SC 1974
Pinehurst #6, Pinehurst, NC 1976
Jonathan’s Landing, Jupiter, FL 1978
Jupiter Hills Village Course, Jupiter FL 1978
PGA National, North Palm Beach, FL 1980
(Championship, Haig, and Squire Courses)
Mariner Sands (Gold Course), Stuart, FL 1981
Eastlakes Country Club, Juno Beach, FL 1981
The Legacy, Port St. Lucie, FL 1984
Courses designed and built from 1986 to 1991:
Hawk’s Nest, Vero Beach, FL 1986
St. Lucie West Country Club, Port St. Lucie, FL 1987
LaQuerce Golf Club, Rome, Italy 1987
The Woodlands, Falmouth, ME 1988
Old Orchard Golf Club, Ibaraki, Japan 1988
Nyu Golf Club, Fukui, Japan 1988
Marco Simone Golf Club, Rome, Italy 1989
Fairwinds Golf Club, Ft. Pierce, FL 1991
Numerous other courses have been designed and constructed under the creativity and direction of Jim Fazio from 1992 until the present. What you have seen is a sampling of his courses. Hopefully, this projects the experience and quality of clubs Jim Fazio has been associated with since 1961.
Major Events and Accreditations:
THE WOODLANDS CC
Hosted Ben Hogan Tour, 1989 through 1993
LE QUERCE GOLF CLUB
Hosted World Cup of Golf, 1991
Voted #1 Course in Italy
MARCO SIMONE GOLF CLUB
Hosted Italian Open, 1994
Currently #1 Course in Italy
EL DIABLO GOLF CLUB
Won Golf Digest, “Best Affordable
Golf Course of the Years, 1999”
THE RIVER CLUB
N. Augusta, SC
Won Golf Digest #5 “Best Affordable
Golf Course of the Year, 1999”
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL GOLF CLUB
West Palm Beach, FL#1 Ranked Course in Florida by Links Magazine, 2005