Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, BSLA, 1961
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, MLA, 1963
Thesis: “The Influence of Planting in Golf Course Design”
Professional Experience
Richard M. Phelps, Ltd. - Golf Course Architects
Principal 1982-Present
Phelps - Benz & Poellot, Inc.
Principal, 1980-1982
Phelps - Benz & Associates, Inc.
Principal, 1973-1980
Phelps - Brauer & Associates, Inc.
President, 1967-1973, Member Board of Directors
Phelps - Brauer & Associates, Inc.
Vice President, 1966-1967, Member Board of Directors
Harrison - Brauer - Rippel
Golf Course Architect, 1962-1966
Professional Organizations

American Society of Golf Course Architects
Past President, Elected in Gleneagles, Scotland, May, 1980
Board of Governors, 1978-1981

Association of Disabled American Golfers
National Golf Foundation
United States Golf Association
Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association

Licensed Landscape Architect in Colorado

Awards and Offices Held
Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, 1998
Turfgrass Man of the Year, Rocky Mountain Turfgrass Association, 1984
ASLA President, Colorado Chapter, 1971
Colorado Open Lands Foundation President
Golf Digest’s “Best New Courses" Top Ten, 1993, 1996, 1998
USGA Green Section, Committee Member, 1980-1984
Environmental Improvements Merit Award, Englewood Golf Course by the ALCA
International GCSAA Turfgrass Conference and Show, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994
NGF Conferences, 1980 and 1982
Golf Federation of Holland, Arnham, Netherlands, 1982
National Recreation and Parks Association, San Diego, 1996, 1997
Numerous Regional Turfgrass meetings, guest speaker