With courses throughout the United States, the Far East, Latin America, and Europe, Gary Roger Baird has been a visionary golf course architect for 45 years. Throughout his career, Gary has aspired to develop a new standard for excellence in golf course design by creating courses that convey a strong recognition of and partnership with the environment.
Gary worked as a senior architect with the Robert Trent Jones firm during the 1960s and early 1970s before starting his own firm, Global Golf Design. Baird's company focuses on the creation of courses for resort facilities, private and semi-private country clubs, daily fee courses, and residential communities.The firm provides renovations/upgrades to clients of varying needs and budgets.
Together with Global Golf Design, Gary has a particular interest in creating upscale golf courses for various Native American projects. Presently, Baird's Barona Creek Golf Club, which opened in 2000, is one of the top-ranked courses on Native American Land in the nation. Baird's Barona Creek Golf Club has recently been ranked #15 on Golfweek's respected "American's Best Top 40 Resorts" list and has been placed in Golfweek's "Top 100" of all courses built since 1960. Barona also has been ranked as the #4 Best Public Access Course in California.
Gary's courses have hosted major amateur and professional tournaments both domestically and overseas (5 total). Two of these were significant restoration on courses originally designed by Donald Ross and Allister Mackenzie, which remain favorites of public players and private members.