Rick Baril graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1981. Rick worked at a Landscape Architectural design/build firm during college and following graduation.
In 1982 he joined von Hagge & Devlin. Becoming a Registered Landscape Architect in 1983, Rick simultaneously assumed increased responsibilities with various U.S. projects.
When von Hagge, Smelek and Baril ventured into the European market in 1986, Rick was designated project architect and he has been responsible for the design of all vHS&B courses in Europe.
In 1994, Robert von Hagge invited Rick to become a partner and owner in von Hagge, Smelek and Baril. In Europe, Rick’s efforts helped von Hagge, Smelek and Baril garner a nomination for the Gold Medal Award for European Excellence. The Puegeot golf guide of “France’s Finest Golf Courses” listed von Hagge designed courses in the #1, #2, #3 and #4 positions (out of more than 350 golf courses).
July 2nd, 2018 | 59 mins 46 secs
Robert von Hage was one of the great characters of the golf course design business though was not as well known as his larger than life personality warranted. The playing of the French Open at Le Golf National this past week, and the upcoming Ryder Cup at the same venue, prompted this chat with design and business partner and friend Rick Baril.