Currently based in Shanghai, China, Neil Haworth has years of experience designing golf courses internationally. In 1985, he joined the Canadian golf course architecture firm of Graham Cooke and Associates. In 1990, he moved to Singapore, where he established the Asian offices of what was then the firm of Nelson & Wright, part of the Belt Collins group of companies. In 2000, Neil, along with architects Robin Nelson and Brett Mogg, purchased the Belt Collins interest in Nelson & Haworth, and he has been Chairman of Nelson & Haworth since then. Neil has overall responsibility for the company's operations outside of the United States.
Nelson & Haworth is well-known for designing award–winning, challenging, and enjoyable golf courses that sit lightly on the land and incorporate elements of local cultural significance. The firm is flexible, sensitive, and responsive to both site revelations and client suggestions, allowing it to produce courses that are unique, beautiful, and enduringly playable. The company works in many countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam.
Nelson & Haworth have designed nearly 10% of all the courses in China. Neil himself has built many of Asia's top golf courses, including Shenzhen Golf Club in Guangzhou, China, and Shesha International Golf Club near Shanghai, the latter of which is China's most exclusive golf club and home of the HSBC Champions tournament. Neil has been based in Shanghai since 2002, allowing him to make more site visits and to provide personal service to clients. In 2013 Robin Nelson died; Mogg and Haworth have chosen to retain the firm's name of Nelson & Haworth in their partner's honor.