FAQ: What kind of training do I need to become a golf course architect?

Golf course architects come from varying backgrounds, with training in landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental studies, agronomy, golf course construction and professional golf, to name a few. The most common degree amongst golf architects is landscape architecture. In addition to formal education, time spent “on the job” learning about golf course maintenance and golf course construction is important to learn the technical aspects of the profession. Today’s golf course architect will need to acquire a variety of knowledge, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Landscape Architecture / Land Planning
  • Environmental Knowledge
  • Civil Engineering
  • Agronomy & Turf Management
  • Heavy Construction
  • Plans, Specifications & Graphic Production
  • Cost Estimating
  • Public Speaking

Those interested in the field should become associated with a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects to learn more about the various demands of the profession. For a list of members near you, visit our Find a Member section.