Golf Course Designers & Constructors

Since the start of the profession, golf course architects have been working with the land to create memorable golf courses. Our Sustainable Golf Champions are those who have gone above and beyond while working with GEO to create the most sustainable golf developments possible. 

This list will grow and evolve as more and more get involved so keep a keen eye out for updates.

Andrew Haggar 

Lead Golf Course Architect | Faldo Design 

Lead Architect - Rumanza Golf & Country Club 

Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in more than 20 different countries throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, working for three international golf course design firms in that time. As a Lead Architect, he has undertaken projects ranging from sensitive remodelling work on old and traditional golf courses to resort master planning, and the design of Championship golf courses. His clients have included private clubs, major development groups, and owner/operators with extensive course portfolios.

Bruce Charlton, ASGCA, EIGCA

President, Chief Design Officer - RTJ2 Golf Course Architects

Co-lead Architect - Hoiana Shores Golf Course

Since joining the RTJ II team in 1981, Bruce’s body of work is as remarkable as it is global and he has earned countless awards and accolades. His more than 50 designs are in virtually every corner of the globe, including Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Wash., site of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. Bruce joined RTJ II after receiving a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona and went on to hone his skills under the tutelage of Robert Trent Jones, Jr. He is a past president and current member of the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects.

Cynthia Dye McGarey, ASGCA

Golf Course Architect, Founder - Dye Designs Group

Lead Architect - West Cliffs Golf Links 

Cynthia is a 3rd generation architect of the famous Dye family. She has more than 35 years of experience working as a golf course architect in 27 countries worldwide. Cynthia remains an active full member of the American Society of Golf. 

Gary Johnston, EIGCA 

Designer - European Golf Design

Lead Architect - Ire Fields Golf Course

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Turfgrass Science. Gary went on to complete a Masters degree from Heriot-Watt University and having worked for EGD briefly prior to attending Heriot-Watt Gary returned to the company in 2003. As a designer he is directly responsible for producing the golf course designs, construction drawings, specifications, and on-site inspection during construction.

Jorge Santana da Silva, EIGCA

Head Designer, Founder - Jorge Santana da Silva Golf Design

Lead Architect - Ombria Resort 

As a trained geometrician and surveyor engineer, Jorge started his career in Golf design in 1981 under the stewardship of master architect Robert Trent Jones senior at Santo da Serra, Madeira. Soon after he joined the team at RTJ, working on a number of projects around the world. Jorge and his team continue to be involved in interesting and challenging courses worldwide. 

Martin Ebert

Golf Course Designer, Director | Mackenzie & Ebert 

Lead Architect - New Craigend Golf Course

His interest in golf began in 1989 with a Cambridge University tour to the US, reinforcing Martin's appreciation for how golf courses should be eased into the landscape. A career in golf course design began in 1990 with Donald Steel Company. Mackenzie & Ebert was formed in 2005 with 8 of the 10 Open venues being advised by the company and 22 of the Top 100 Courses in the world outside of the US as ranked by Golf Digest along with many new course projects in a number of countries.

Throughout his career, Martin has worked on courses across the world including the UK, Ireland, numerous countries in Europe, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, and the US where he has created, restored or renovated some stunning courses.

Mike Gorman, ASGCA

Senior Project Architect - RTJII Golf Course Architects

Co-lead Architect - Hoiana Shores Golf Course

Originally from Northern California, Mike Gorman's passion for golf course design ignited during his youth. From sketching layouts as a youth golfer to exploring renowned courses with family growing up, his love for golf and the outdoors flourished early on. Starting in 2001 Mike joined Robert Trent Jones II headquartered in Palo Alto, California. His sketches evolved over time blending creativity, technical expertise, with a focus toward strategic golf and playability in his designs.

Mike has worked all over the world including projects in Vietnam, Mexico and Greece. His commitment to sustainability carries through his design principles with particular interest in water conservation and native grasses. 

Paul Kimber, EIGCA

Designer, Founder - Kimber & Glen

Lead Architect - Allan Robertson House Golf Course

Brought up on a diet of golf from an early age, Paul began learning about Golf Course Architecture before he realised. Playing traditional 'Links' courses when on family holidays and classic heathland and parkland courses every daylight hour during his school summer breaks, he developed a deep passion for the game.

Peter Matkovich

Lead Golf Course Architect, Founder | Matkovitch Group

Lead Architect - La Réserve Golf Links 

Over 25 years ago, Peter Matkovich began designing and constructing golf courses in South Africa. Today, this business has created over a billion Rands worth of landmarks in Africa covering SA, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Mauritius, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Scott Macpherson 

Golf Designer, Company Director | Scott Macpherson Golf Design Limited

Lead Architect - GolfIt!

Having learnt to play golf in New Zealand, then started with a degree in Horticulture, Scott went on to study environmentally sensitive golf course design at UC Davis in California. His passion took him to work in Australia and America before settling in Scotland in 1998. In 2024 Scott Macpherson Golf Design celebrates 20 years of creating bespoke, attractive, fun golf facilities that are in harmony with the environment. He is a podcaster and has written two books on golf: St Andrews–The Evolution of the Old Course (2007, 2023), and Golf’s Royal Clubs (2014).

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