Andy Staples, ASGCA, ASLA

Andy StaplesAndy Staples, ASCGA member and principal of Staples Golf Design, was brought to golf at the age of seven by his dad, having learned the game at West Bend Country Club, in West Bend, WI, a turn of the century course designed by Langford & Moreau.

As a kid, Andy’s family vacationed at a lake cottage near Rome, WI, and it was there Andy began practicing his bunker shots in and around the sand beach, initially playing to a stick in the ground. This target evolved into a flat “green,” set on top of a sand ledge, surrounded by sandy grasses and native pine trees. This rudimentary sand green expanded to include 9 teeing grounds (including an “island” tee from the boat dock), small retaining walls, and transplanted trees. He eventually routed his course around the property and held his own golf tournament with his brothers each weekend. Seeing his creative dedication, Andy’s dad asked him if he knew that people designed golf courses for a living. It was then, at the age of 12, that Andy knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up.

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Andy’s "green" he created as a kid at a lake cottage near Rome, WI. His love for golf course design grew from there.

In his early 20s, Andy began his career in golf with Wadsworth Golf Construction Company, a world-renowned golf course builder. These early construction experiences (mostly throughout the Midwest) is where he learned firsthand the nuts and bolts of implementing an architect’s design. Andy would go on to work with Jerry Slack, Bob Graves, Damian Pascuzzo, John Fought, Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt.

Andy has over 25 years of design, construction and long-term maintenance experience throughout the world. He has accomplished twenty (20) Master Plans throughout the U.S., four (4) new golf course designs, and performed over 100 golf course efficiency audits. His process is built around his proven process of team collaboration, budget-oriented design, and proven results.

Andy was named one of Golf’s 9 Innovative People in Player Development in 2016 by Golf Inc. Magazine; has taught the subject of Golf Course Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass (1999, 2000); has been a keynote speaker for GolfWeek’s Architecture Summit – The 2nd Golden Age (2017); and is an active speaker within the industry having presented to the USGA, GCSAA, ASGCA, among others, with regularity.

He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has an extended degree from Denmark’s International Studies Program in Copenhagen, and completed Executive Education from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.


Licenses & Certification

Member, Board of Governors – American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA)
Associate Member – Golf Corse Superintendents of America (GCSAA)
CA Contractors General B License - #1047635

Education

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
1995

Denmark’s International Studies Program
Copenhagen, Denmark
1994

UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Executive Education
2012


Our Team

  • Staples Golf Andy Staples

    Andy Staples
    President

  • Staples Golf Andrew Sandner

    Andrew Sandner
    Design Associate

  • Staples Golf Scott Laffin

    Scott Laffin
    Design Associate

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