No wonder Tom Fazio has been classified a world-class golf course architect and possibly the greatest golf architect living today. His impact on the game of golf is perhaps unsurpassed by any other designer over the past four decades. Of the 120 golf courses Tom Fazio has designed, more of his courses rank in the top 100 golf courses in the United States than anyone else’s, and TPC Myrtle Beach is counted among them. Fazio has also earned Best Modern Day Golf Course Architect from Golf Digest three times, and in 1995 he won the Old Tom Morris Award, the highest recognition awarded by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He was only the second architect to win this award. TPC Myrtle Beach is another signature Tom Fazio course.
Born February 10, 1945, Fazio graduated from Lansdale Catholic High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, in 1962. Later, in 2007, he was inducted into the high school’s hall of fame.
Fazio comes from a family of golf course architects. He began his career in golf course design in the 1960s at his family’s firm in suburban Philadelphia. The firm included his uncle, the late George Fazio, a successful golfer in the 1950s and later a prolific architect, and Tom’s older brother Jim Fazio, and course designer Lou Cappelli. (The family now boasts another golf course architect, Tom Fazio II, who follows in the footsteps of his Uncle Tom by establishing his own firm.)
After several years with the family firm, Tom Fazio left, and a few years later, in 1972, he established his own firm in Jupiter, Florida, where he has become more prolific a designer than his famous Uncle George.
Because of Fazio’s superior, award-winning design, TPC enjoys its status as the permanent home of the Senior PGA Tour Championship and the place for traveling pros to hone their skills. Thanks to Fazio’s talent, TPC Myrtle Beach has been called by many the ultimate golf experience of the Grand Strand.