The amalgamation of my practical experience in greenkeeping at the famous Gleneagles Golf Courses (hosting the Ryder cup 2014) and the Oxfordshire Golf Club (host of the American Express matchplay and B&H British Open) and golf course construction, five years of quantity surveying and 14 years with the world renowned Dr Martin Hawtree, has concluded in what could best described as the “complete” golf course architect. Not just one with a landscaping degree, or maybe playing off scratch (two skills by the way, largely irrelevant to the profession), but a golf course architect with experience in all aspects of the profession.
My 14 years with Hawtree Ltd has involved working on a wide range of projects; from a single renovated bunker for a private member club to big budget new golf courses –overall, a broad and deep knowledge of golf course architecture and the golf industry.
My liaison with Martin Hawtree continues, sub-contracting for him on a regular basis
My philosophy is for the golfer to enjoy the game of golf; it is after all supposed to fun. Most golf courses, even of average length, can be adapted to test the tour professional, but the priority must be the other 99.9% of golfers. My perfect scenario for a golf course I design - a golfer comes off the 18th green after their worst round of golf but is still able to say the words “I thoroughly enjoyed that”