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The Most Reputable Golf Course Designers in the World

The Most Reputable Golf Course Designers in the World
Bust of Donald Ross, designer of Broadmoor`s first Golf Course in 1916.

Tiger Woods

Although still fresh in our minds as the greatest golfer of this generation, Tiger Woods is making a solid name for himself in the course design industry through his company TGR Designs. 

The 15-time major champion is behind incredible works such as Payne’s Valley in Hollister, El Cardonal at Diamante, and Bluejack National in Houston.

Tom Fazio

Tom Fazio launched his course design company in 1972 and instantly made a name for himself, especially in how he would capitalize on natural beauty and the harmony between holes. 

Fazio’s remarkable designs include the Red Sky, Shadow Creek, Quail Hollow Country, and Caves Valley Golf Clubs.

Donald Ross

World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Donald Ross boasts over 400 course design projects. The Scottish designer moved to the U.S. with just $2 in his pocket and rose to become a prolific course architect, credited as the first to use turtleback greens on a course. 

Ross’s signature courses include Oakland Hills Country Club, Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole Golf Club, and Inverness Club.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

Robert Trent Jones, Sr. was born in England but excelled as a course designer in the U.S., where he worked on over 500 golf courses across 45 states and 35 different countries. 

Jones Sr was the first commissioned architect for the USGA, where he followed a mantra of “hard par, easy bogey.” His works include Royal Kaanapali, Mauna Kea, and Spyglass Hill.

Arnold Palmer

Going through golf books without mentioning the icon that is Arnold Palmer is not possible. Fortunately, he excelled both on the course as an outstanding player and a course designer after his playing days. 

Some of the most breathtaking courses designed by the star include The Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, and the links-style Tralee Golf Club in Ireland.

Final Thoughts

No other sport gets played in more beautiful surroundings than golf. Fans are treated to the ultimate therapy as they immerse in breathtaking lush green landscapes with soothing, fresh air created and developed by talented golf designers.