The Architect

Gary Player Design

Established in the early 1980s and recognised as one of the most successful international golf course architectural firms in the world, Gary Player Design has branded over 300 layouts with the mark of a champion. The firm has worked on five continents and in over 30 countries, and prides itself on taking Gary Player’s design experience to emerging markets to help develop the game of golf globally.

Player’s significant experience in the business coupled with over 50 years of experience as a professional golfer have afforded him a unique understanding of the needs of the average golfer, the objectives of the developer, and the concerns of the environment.
An experienced technical staff works closely with Gary Player to implement his design philosophies into detailed golf course drawings and animations, which ultimately brings Player’s conceptual ideas to life through the finished project. The cornerstone of his 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-recognised 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.


Senior Designer

Jeff Lawrence’s design experience is based on a well founded design career, producing numerous award winning projects both domestically and internationally. Twenty years in the design business has offered him the unique opportunity to work along side some of the greatest golf course architects of our time; Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio.

Jeff is currently working with Mr. Player on projects in Bulgaria, Abu Dhabi, Tenerife, Canada and Costa Rica. His in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of golf course design combined with his creative flair helps support Mr. Player’s vision around the world, providing unique, sustainable and quality golf experiences.

Jeff is a graduate of Arizona State University (1986), where he was a member of the golf team, and is currently a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).