Origins & Design Philosophy
David Ross is the Principal and Lead Architect at Ross Golf Design. He grew up in East Lothian, Scotland, surrounded by great golf courses. Quickly falling in love with the game, its heritage, and its rich traditions, David, as a golf course architect, is dedicated to infusing innovative concepts and contemporary techniques into the art of golf course design.
Drawing inspiration from the distinctive characteristics of each location, David Ross aims to create golf courses that not only stand the test of time but also possess a unique and captivating charm. To achieve this, he establishes a connection with the landscape, meticulously considering natural features, topography, and environmental factors. This careful consideration allows him to craft harmonious designs that seamlessly integrate with their surroundings.
David Ross's ultimate goal is to create unique golf courses that will be cherished by golfers for years to come.
In 2001, David completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Golf Course Architecture from the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA). Additionally, he holds an MBA in Golf and Country Club Management from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, proving valuable for working with clients in golf development from a business perspective. Over the last 30 years, David has been actively involved in supporting golf development worldwide.
Ross Golf Design's philosophy, encapsulated in "Timeless Tradition, Modern Strategy," signifies a dedication to merging the heritage of golf course design with contemporary design.
We value the enduring traditions rooted in the game's legacy and classical design elements while simultaneously embracing modern strategies to enhance the overall playing experience. This commitment extends towards prioritizing sustainability, community integration, and fostering collaboration with clients for a comprehensive and forward-thinking approach to golf course design.
Environmental stewardship is a priority for Ross Golf Design, emphasizing harmonious integration with natural landscapes, respecting ecosystems, and preserving local culture. Client collaboration is crucial, involving partnership throughout the planning and construction phases.
We also aim to enhance surrounding communities by providing economic and social benefits. Respect, sustainability, and resilience are core principles, focusing on preserving landscapes, responsible resource management, and designing courses to withstand climate change impacts.
Ross Golf Design's philosophy integrates traditional golf course design with a modern approach, emphasizing environmental responsibility, community engagement, and client satisfaction. The firm aims to create enduring courses that blend heritage with innovation, ensuring longevity and relevance.