The Architect

The Player Design Group

Since the early 1980s, The Player Design firm has been a global leader in golf course design and recognized as one of the most successful international architectural studios in the world, producing over 400 layouts with our various brands including Gary Player, Player, Black Knight and others.
The firm has worked on five continents and in 39 countries, and prides itself on taking this design experience to emerging markets to help develop the game of golf globally.

Our significant experience coupled with over 50 years of understanding the needs of the average golfer, the objectives of the developer, and the concerns of the environment, place us in a unique position.
Our qualified technical staff work closely with developers to implement our design philosophies into detailed golf course drawings and animations, which ultimately bring these conceptual ideas to life through the finished project. The cornerstone of our design approach is to create playable and memorable golf courses within the constraints of a given site, while being ultra-sensitive to the surrounding environment – particularly in the area of water conservation. The result is a portfolio of award-winning and environmentally recognized courses around the world.

The design company presently has over 40 active projects around the world in Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.