"Do not let certain standards become an obsession. Quality, not length; interest, not the number of holes; distinction, not the size in the greens – these are things worth striving for."
“Over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for golf course architecture and design, having had the privilege of competing on some of the most unique and memorable golf courses in the world. My international golf experience has taken me from the seaside links of the British Isles, to the deserts of the Middle East and the tropical wetlands of Florida.
Although I play these courses in tournament conditions, my favorite courses are playable for the average golfer as well. Versatility and flexibility in course design are easy to talk about but hard to execute. My design team and I are dedicated to designing fun and enjoyable golf courses. We take a “less is more” approach to design and utilize the existing terrain and natural environment as much as possible.
My favorite courses offer great variety in shot making. The daring risk and reward strategy of Augusta and TPC Sawgrass separates great shots from average, providing plenty of excitement and heroic carries for the professional and amateur golfer. Alternatively, the classic links courses of Scotland provide great variety in playing conditions with firm turf grass and wind. Links golf demands a totally different set of shots from players with its own unique strategic elements.
My design philosophy is to create unique, memorable golf courses all over the world that harmonize with the natural environment and will be enjoyed by golfers for decades to come.”