Mid-American Golf and Landscape Inc.
- Written by: Ivy Carter
- Produced by: Sean O'Reilly
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
It takes a lot of hard work and close coordination to build a golf course, but the team at Mid-American Golf and Landscape Inc. (MAG) is no stranger to late nights and long hours. The company was founded in 1993 to make each golfer’s dream a reality with an unrelenting pursuit of quality craftsmanship and the humility to always put the client’s needs first. Communication and transparency are critical to MAG’s approach, and the team takes pride in providing a personalized plan for every project that mitigates risk for the owner and delivers a standout result.
“We take pride in being a true full-service company,” asserts Rick Boylan, president and co-founder of MAG. Boylan founded MAG with his two partners, Kirk Grego and Mike Cordell. Together, the trio shares the workload and success of the Missouri-based company.
Though MAG is headquartered in Lees Summit, Mo., the team of 75 professionals will travel across the country to take care of a client. The company happens to be a certified golf course contractor and member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America with the in-house expertise to provide the gamut of golf course construction services from heavy earth-moving and irrigation installation to bridge construction and pond construction.
MAG has almost 20 years of experience in the industry, and the company’s employees bring a passion for the outdoors and a sharp eye for budgeting and scheduling to ensure promises are kept. The team is well versed in facilitating communication between vendors, architects, developers, owners and players on projects in both public and private sectors. The company has extensive experience building new courses as well as tackling major renovation projects at courses across the country.
The Total Package
In fact, MAG has been invited to contribute its expertise to some of the country’s most popular courses, including the Cottonwood Golf Course in Hutchinson, Kan. The new 18-hole course was completed in 2006 to be a championship standard course with rolling hills and undulating sand dunes that bring to mind classic British links. The course was designed by renowned golf course architect and player Nick Faldo to become the centerpiece of a master-planned community that landed the course on Golf Digest’s 2008 list of the Top 10 Best New Public Courses.
But MAG’s history of building award-winning courses extends all the way back to the late 1980s, before the company had even been founded. Boylan’s career in golf course construction began over 35 years ago when – as Boylan puts it – he “lucked” into a job as a laborer for another leading golf course construction company. One of Boylan’s last projects with the previous company was the construction of the Shadow Glen Golf Club in Desota, Kan.
“It was definitely one of the most challenging jobs I have ever been a part of, but even 20 years later it still ranks as one of the top courses in this part of country,” he says. Shadow Glen’s 18-hole course was designed by golf legends Tom Watson and Tom Weiskopf, along with Jay Morrish, who previously worked under Jack Nicklaus. The course itself spans 7,051 yards from the back tees and traditional greens that make the most of the site’s rugged terrain.
MAG was more recently honored for the team’s work on the Scottish links-styled course at the Lamberts Point Golf Club in Norfolk, Va. The public golf course was built atop a major landfill site, which happens to be the highest point in the city. The course includes a 6,000-square foot clubhouse, nine holes and a two-tiered driving range to entice seasoned pros and newbies alike, designed by Lester George of George Golf Design. In return for transforming an unused plot into a community treasure, MAG was honored with the Affinity Award for Best Environmental Project on behalf of the Golf Course Builders Association of America.
And the MAG team has gradually begun extending its reach beyond the golf course arena and into other areas of landscape design and construction with a portfolio of projects for all kinds of athletic fields. From 2007 to 2012 MAG has completed work on several professional, collegiate, high school and community venues. One of the company’s most notable sports field projects took the team to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to build two baseball fields, a football and soccer field as well as an eight-lane running track. “The last report shows that our servicemen and women really enjoy the finished product,” says Boylan.
According to Boylan, MAG has seen the large majority of opportunities in public-sector work. Given the company’s diverse skill set, MAG could potentially begin pursuing work for client in related public agencies like the Department of Natural Resources.
The MAG team will be standing by wherever opportunities arise to bring decades of industry experience and a keen eye for respecting budgetary constraints and scheduling objectives to ensure even the tiniest things don’t slip through the cracks. In turn, the company will solidify its place as a premier turnkey golf course and landscape construction specialist with the experience and capabilities to make dream courses a reality, one Mid-American Golf and Landscape Inc. course at a time.
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