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Michael Gorman’s passion for the game started as a youngster tagging along with his father to the golf course. He picked up the sport quickly, and by age 10 was a competitive junior golfer. One of the public courses he played regularly was Haggin Oaks, an Alister MacKenzie design known for its classic styling.
Possessing a talent for drawing, Gorman was able to take the images he saw on various golf courses and interpret them in his own sketches. “I would think about it on the golf course and as soon as I was finished playing, I would sit down and sketch things out,” Gorman says. “I didn’t know at first exactly what I was going to do with it, but I always knew my goal was to be involved with golf.”
His path became clearer after high school, where he was a solid player on the golf team. Gorman headed to Arizona State University to explore its Landscape Architecture program and graduated with his degree in 1998.
After two years of handling large-scale master planning for a landscape architecture firm in San Diego, Gorman decided to pursue his goal of working in the golf industry and was fortunate to find an opening at RTJ II.
Fueled by that passion, he now works on golf course projects for RTJ II around the globe. "It's great to meet people from all walks of life and contribute to their environment," Gorman says. He currently lives in Mountain View, California. When not on the golf course, he can be found in RTJ II’s Palo Alto headquarters, drawing.