Golf Design -

Our design philosophy is simple:

“We aim to create award-winning golf courses that are rooted in proven classic design principles and executed through sustainable practices, driven by our intent to leave the game better than we found it.”

- Andy Staples, ASGCA

golf design

is an international golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Formed in 2002, our planning process has been built through nearly 30 years of experience, with projects in multiple countries ranging from new builds, historic restorations, master plans, major renovations, and resource efficiency audits.

I built my first golf course when I was 12 years old

It was on a sandy beach in northern Wisconsin, near Rome. I tended to it every weekend. 9 holes that you could play twice, to a sand green, all played with a short wedge. I built retaining walls. Transplanted pine trees. Even had an island tee from the dock. My dad, having seen my dedication, asked me if I knew that some people actually design golf courses for a living... at that moment, I knew what I wanted to do with my life - BECOME A GOLF COURSE ARCHITECT!


Resource efficiency has never been more attainable than now, nor has it been more important. Water, electricity, fuel, and labor costs are often needlessly wasted at golf facilities, and we at Staples Golf make a commitment to increasing sustainability in every one of our projects. Simply put - it's the responsible thing to do.

Design Approach

Timeless and sustainable design combined with interesting, strategic elements are hallmarks of our projects.

Tools & Resources

Our mission is simple: to integrate efficient strategies that make your golf facility more efficient, profitable, and playable.

Community Links™

Community Links™ is a paradigm shifting model for how golf should be viewed to increase local pride in community courses.

" The legends left us maps. The players shape history. They entrust us to protect the spirit of the game."
I am a voice of the ASGCA.

- Andy Staples


Classic in nature, timeless by design, filled with soul for every golfer.

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Design with purpose-

People ask me how I came to be a golf architect.  I say since I never won the U.S. Open, or had a famous father, I got really lucky.

" My feeling is the momentum Andy is creating through his philosophy of community and design will have a significant and positive impact on the future of golf "
– Seth Waugh   |   CEO, pga of america
“ Andy spent our money like it was his own...  his commitment to quality is second to none ”
– bEN mCbRIDE   |   SUPERINTENDENT, sAN vICENTE golf resort
" Andy was on site more than any other architect I’ve worked with. His creativity and energy is contagious "
– Nick Mazzella   |   mAZZELLA pARTNERSHIP
" Andy showed us right from the start he was the man for this job. And, I think our golf course speaks for itself in terms of how his vision fit our property "
– Tom Doyle   |   Board Member, Meadowbrook Country Club
“I totally underestimated how improved the course would be. The optics, the openness, and the quality of design changes… on a scale of 1 through 10 the design is easily an 11; it’s simply awesome.”
No Longer Skeptical, Member  |  Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
" While he’s not (yet) a famous architect, he is highly respected among his peers and clients for his unwavering commitment to outstanding design that embraces cutting edge environmental sensitivity "
– Dr. Bradley S. Klein   |   Golf Course consultant, historian, writer
" Through Andy’s hard work and devotion, we had an incredible experience building our golf courses. The result – receiving the #1 course ranking in Utah from the day our Championship Course opened "
– William Wilkey   |   Owner, Sand Hollow Golf Resort
" Andy doesn't have a famous father, nor has he won a major, but his approach to what golf can be is unique to anything I have experienced in my 22 year career in the golf business "
– Josh Heptig   |   Superintendent, dairy creek golf course
" I give Andy my highest recommendation. I fully anticipate that in time he will be included among the greatest of American golf course architects "
– Tom Tanto   |   Tanto International Golf Ltd.
No tees, no par... no problem!
Join course architect Andy Staples, ASGCA as he gives the inside scoop of the design and strategy of The Staple and The Match - the newest additions to the PGA National Resort!

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Staples Golf Design Quarterly

This holiday season came with another reason to celebrate... the 20th year of Staples Golf Design!! It's been an incredible journey with so many great memories, and this issue of the SGDQ will take you through the most memorable milestones.

Staples Golf Design Quarterly

The Template holes popularized by C.B. MacDonald and Seth Raynor have inspired some of the most strategic and fun experiences in golf - including our recent design for The Match at PGA National. This issue of the SGDQ digs into the origin or these holes, their continued relevance in course design, and our take on our very own "Template" hole. Cheers, C.B.!

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