Design History

I became interested in golf course design at the age of 15, and soon after constructed my first hole on my parents’ farm in New Zealand. A passion for the art of golf course design soon arose and I pursued the academic and technical skills required to advance my artistic skills at tertiary level in New Zealand and the United States.

A professional career took hold in the 1990s and I have been fortunate to work alongside Peter Thomson in Australia and Denis Griffiths in the USA, Sam Torrance in Scotland and Greg Turner in New Zealand. It is easy to hold dear my role as the on-site architect for two golf courses in St Andrews as a career highlight, but I am very proud of all the work we have completed such as the new Coronet Nine at Millbrook Golf Resort in New Zealand, the redesign of the Championship Course at Royal Wellington Golf Club and the new Colt Course at Close House in England which within 4 years of opening has been ranked as a Top 100 Course in the UK and Ireland and where Lee Westwood is attached as the touring professional.

Having spent much time on the construction of golf courses, this phase is where I like to spend my time to ensure the golf courses are built as envisioned. It is important to me to see a project through from the initial conception and master planning stage, to pricing, tendering, construction and launch. Both in terms of landscape and client type, I enjoy the diversity of different design scopes. From the renovation of the Oreti Sands, the most-southern links in the world, to the parkland course at Close House, and from the resort courses of Millbrook, to the private members club like Royal Wellington, each project is an exciting challenge.

I started my company in 2004 with the keen focus of producing fun, interesting and attractive golf courses on-time and on budget. It is also important to me that my courses are in line with the best environmental standards. We have an opportunity and obligation to be stewards of the environment, and our golf courses can be home to valuable wildlife and habitat areas. Designed properly, these areas become assets to the golf course and powerful opportunities for golfers to connect with the outdoors.

No golf courses are built by one person, and I see myself as a team player and with a focus on producing courses that will best meet the business and strategic needs of my clients. With a multi-disciplined approach, we can work with an existing team or assemble a new team to take a client through the master planning stages that results in a popular course that will contribute strongly to the success of a golf business.

Looking back, it has been 25 years since I produced a par three for my own fun. Now based in Edinburgh, Scotland, my work takes me around the world, but designing golf holes that are fun to play is still central to my design philosophy.  Why? It’s simple. If golfers have fun playing a golf course they will return. And for a golf course owner, the saying that most often holds true is, ‘the best business is repeat business’. Today we are here to help your golf business. Please make contact if you think we share your golfing vision for the future.

 

Project Chronology

Year Client Project Location Status
2004 Close House- Colt Course New 18 hole Championship Golf Course UK Opened May, 2011
2006 Russley Golf Club New 18th Green NZ Opened Dec, 2006
2007 Oreti Sands Course Redesign NZ  Opened March, 2009
2007 Millbrook Golf Resort 13 New Holes, 14 hole renovation, New range NZ Opened Feb, 2010
2007 Private Golf Facility Private 4 hole Golf facility NZ Opened Dec, 2010
2008 Arrowtown New 18th Green NZ Completed 2009
2008 Harewood Golf Club 18 hole Re-design NZ Opened Feb 2012
2009 Royal Wellington Golf Club 27 Hole Re-design NZ Officially Opened Feb 2014
2009 Menaggio & Cadenabbia Course Re-design Italy In Planning
2010 Kersewell New 18 Holes, Par 3 Course + range UK In Planning
2011 Russley Golf Club Course Re-design NZ Completed
2012 Saint Maurice de Lions New 9 Hole Design France In Planning
2012 Close House Renovation of ‘Filly Course’. UK Opened July 2013

Awards

Excellence In Compliance Award Winner Winner
Excellence in Compliance Award
Royal Wellington Golf Club

Publications

The Evolution of the Old Course St Andrews
The Evolution of the Old Course
by Scott Macpherson

More information about St. Andrews

Golf's Royal Clubs Golf's Royal Clubs
by Scott Macpherson

More Information about Golf's Royal Clubs

testimonials

"During both the design and construction phases their can-do attitude to problem solving was refreshing".

Ben O'Malley, Millbrook Country Club, NZ