Brian Curley developed an appreciation of the game of golf and its architecture by playing, caddying, and working at courses in Pebble Beach, California, where he grew up. He graduated from the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo School of Architecture in 1982 and immediately began his career with Landmark Golf Company as Land Planner.
Brian departed from Landmark for two years to work for golf architect Ron Fream on an extensive list of international projects. In 1988, he joined back with Landmark, working with Lee Schmidt until Lee left in 1991 to work for Nicklaus Design. Brian headed the Landmark Golf Company Design Office until his 1997 buy-out, forming Schmidt-Curley.
Schmidt-Curley's philosophy is to push the envelope of design, keeping a fresh approach while avoiding redundant styles and balancing the owner's desires. The company promotes an attitude of staying on–course with nature, blending golfers' needs with the needs of the environment. Such site–adaptive courses balance classic golf architecture with contemporary technology.
Together Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt bring experience and prominent involvement in the planning, designing, and construction of over 100 courses, with more than 60 years of combined experience. Schmidt-Curley's portfolio includes one of the biggest brand–name design jobs in golf, the 12–course Mission Hills mega–resort in China.