Staples Golf Design (SGD), formed in 2002, is an award-winning golf course architecture firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Timeless, strategic design, combined with efficient, natural elements, are the hallmarks of our projects. Our commitment to innovation and providing economic value has made us a national leader in sustainable golf, and since 2014, we’ve been the industry’s most vocal advocates for promoting community golf through our proprietary Community Links® vision.

Our approach to the design process relies on personal involvement and many days spent on site. We enjoy spending time getting to know our clients, and understanding their property. Our #1 job is to represent you, our client, to the best of our ability, and having intimate knowledge of how you will operate your business is critical to our success. The results we have achieved on behalf of our clients are a testament of our expertise.

Our private club experience is perhaps best illustrated by the complete renovation in 2016 of Meadowbrook Country Club; an esteemed, member owned club in the Detroit suburb of Northville, Michigan. The membership’s vote on the Master Plan, as well as the vote to close the course entirely, both received overwhelming majorities. In the end, the project finished on time, and under budget, and as of today, is one of only two clubs in the Metro Detroit area with a waiting list.

MCC is now ranked #144 in GolfWeek’s Best List of Classic Courses, and received a Design Excellence Award by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), as well as a “Best New Renovation of Year” award in 2017 by Golf Inc. Magazine.

Our Community Golf experience is perhaps best illustrated by the work performed for the City of Hobbs, New Mexico, at Rockwind Community Links. Originally constructed on a reclaimed Army Airfield site, the entire property was rebuilt to attract golfers and non-golfers alike.

Rockwind has been praised for its design innovation, player development, and community integration. The country’s first Community Links was named “Golf Development of the Year” by Golf Inc. (2016), awarded a “Best New” by Golf Digest (2016), and received a Design Excellence Award by the ASGCA (2015), and is ranked as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play” in New Mexico by Golf Digest.

Our definition of a successful golf course project is:

  • Classic in nature, timeless by design, filled with “soul” for every golfer
  • Built on a site that enhances the environment – energy, water and fuel efficient
  • Built minimally with local goods and services
  • Economically maintained with fast and firm conditions
  • One that integrates, educates and fosters community – “A Community Links”

Our Team

  • Staples Golf Andy Staples

    Andy Staples

  • Staples Golf Andrew Sandner

    Andrew Sandner
    Design Associate

  • Staples Golf Scott Laffin

    Scott Laffin
    Design Associate