Though he owns KDA Architects and Core Development in Wichita, much of Kevin Daves’ work is in Florida so a lot of his friends don’t get to see it.
This week, though, they do, courtesy of the Golf Channel. It’s broadcasting the men and women’s NCAA golf championships at the Concession Golf Club and Residences, a 1,240-acre property Daves started developing in Bradenton, Fla., in 2002.
“I’ve had a lot of calls from people who’ve watched it and commented on it,” Daves says.
“Everybody’s excited,” he says. “It’s always kind of fun when there’s a Wichita connection … in the national spotlight.”
The Concession is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that Tony Jacklin helped design. The course was inspired by the two golfers’ 1969 Ryder Cup face-off.
“It’s a beautiful course,” Daves says.
He says Wichita friends who have played the course have given him a hard time about it.
“They tease me for making it too hard.”
Daves says this is the first time the men’s and women’s championships have been on the same course.
“It’s been real successful,” he says. “This is probably the beginning of a lot of great matches that will be played there.”
That’s what Daves says he’s hoping for.
“You always hope that you’re going to do a course that’s going to get the accolades and create the opportunity to do things,” he says. “It doesn’t always work out that way, but this one did.”