Bergin Golf Designs is led by Bill Bergin, whose background in the golf industry is distinct. Bergin played the world’s best golf courses as a touring professional, gained an understanding of club operations and the ability of the everyday player as a teaching professional, and acquired technical design experience under the guidance of noted designer Bob Cupp. Since founding Bergin Golf Designs in 1994, Bergin has combined his strategic instincts and design experience with a dedication to detail in project management.
The integration of Bergin’s design vision and expertise, with the quality of his project management system, is unparalleled in the industry. A golf course designed by Bergin Golf Designs is challenging for the most skilled golfers, yet fun and friendly for the recreational player. With greens complexes that offer a wide variety of options for recovery and boast ample playing areas, short game skills are frequently on display. Bill believes in giving golfers a choice as to whether to attack or to navigate their way around one of his golf courses.
Prior to his work as a designer, Bill spent six years playing golf professionally, and three years as a teaching professional at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta, GA. During his competitive days, the former Georgia Amateur Champion played in excess of 250 professional tournaments worldwide, including three U.S. Opens, two British Opens and more than 50 PGA Tour events. Competing on courses such as St. Andrews, Royal St. George’s, Pebble Beach, Olympic Club, and Baltusrol, and teaching golfers of all abilities have given him an astute awareness into the strategic quality of a golf course and how it affects all players. Highlighting Bill’s playing career was a tournament-low 66 in the third round of the 1984 British Open at St. Andrews, leading him to a 14th place finish among the best golfers in the world. Bill Bergin is a former Class A PGA Professional and earned a Business degree from Auburn University.
Joining Bergin Golf Designs in the summer of 2006, Justin Killingsworth has added his own diverse skills and experience to the company. With a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Tennessee, Justin has combined his love for the game with a well-planned education.
Before gaining employment with Bergin Golf Designs, Justin honed his knowledge of the game through both competitive play and work experience. While working on two Chattanooga area golf courses, he was able to assist the superintendent in daily course preparation and maintenance. As a student at the University of Tennessee, Justin obtained plant knowledge and construction experience by interning for four years with a landscape design company. His training consisted of developing design concepts, creating artistic renderings, and executing field implementation. As a graduate student at LSU, Justin interned for LJC Planning and Design, where he assisted in various projects ranging from city master planning to small scale park design.