Welcome to
Sanford Golf Design


Welcome to
Sanford Ferris Golf Course Design


Strategic • Sustainable • Significant

We are dedicated to growing the game of golf and offer a variety of resources in which to honor that quest. From organic design that blends seamlessly with the environment to detailed specifications, budgeting and cost controls to complete project management – our team knows no boundaries when it comes to keeping golf relevant around the world. Our complete commitment to the industry is evident in all we do and our ability to keep our customers end vision clearly in sight is a characteristic that has enabled us to be an award- winning force in the world of golf course design.


Our innovative course design and record for delivering projects on time and budget are a proven path to success.

New Course Designs

Excelling in the effective design of unique site characteristics and
innovative course strategy is our specialty.

Project Management

Complete on site support and supervision is a service that we provide to assure complete satisfaction.


Understanding the changing role of golf is essential to growing the game and is at the heart of our design strategies.


Exploring the reinvention of golf courses

With hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, outdated and underutilized golf facilities use the skills of talented professionals to transform them into a successful business.


Course Design that Knows No Boundaries

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Public courses and municipal sites are a mainstay in the game of golf and are a necessary component to continue growing the game in an affordable and accessible manner.



The advent of golf course communities and the ongoing desire for private clubs with social amenities has set the stage for a life centered around the game of golf.



It takes expertise and forethought to design a resort course that will not only speak to the player of all levels but also to the site characteristics and the vision of the owner.


What Our Clients Are Saying...

"Sanford Golf Design’s attention to detail and John’s availability and patience to solve problems throughout the design and construction process allowed this spectacular golf experience to come to life.”

Chick GeilichFounder and Partner, Granite Links Golf Club

“After the golf course renovation revenues in Golf Operations and Food & Beverage increased, and we have seen an improvement in the bottom line. But increased member satisfaction is greater than the revenues.”

Mike ZiglerGeneral Manager, Spring Run Golf Club

“John has been my golf course architect of choice on multiple projects for over 20 year. He has always delivered high quality and creative design work in a timely manner. John listens to the owner, understands the market and how the owner intends to maintain the course before he starts the design work. His designs capitalize on the natural features of each site and fit efficiently into the surrounding environment.”

Yukio TakahashiOwner: Kona Country Club, Garden Valley Golf Resort, Great Sand Dunes, Regent Miyazaki Country Club, Kosaido Country Club

“John Sanford and his entire team did a fantastic job on the total re-do of the Pembroke Lakes Golf Course, which our company, Professional Course Management, operates. John Sanford was fully engaged from the beginning to the total completion of the project. His on-site, hands on involvement ensured that the course was perfect in every measured category. John is professional, courteous, cooperative, and showed great expertise in the Pembroke Lakes project. The rounds and revenues grew over 40% during the first year after the renovation and have continued to be successful based on the quality product that we now offer. I would highly recommend John Sanford for your consideration, as our company would not consider anyone else for future projects.

He is that good.”

Johnny LaPonzinaPresident Professional Course Management (Pembroke Lakes Country Club, Miami Shores Country Club)

“Granite Links Golf Club was a complex project transforming two mountainous landfills separated by a valley into a 27 hole golf course woven among 10,000 year old Native American work sites, remnants of modern granite quarrying operations, and involving tremendous environmental challenges and civil regulations from two Municipalities, and State and Federal supervision. Sanford Golf Design’s attention to detail and John’s availability and patience to solve problems throughout the design and construction process allowed this spectacular golf experience to come to life.”

Chick GeilichFounder and Partner Granite Links Golf Club

“Working with John Sanford and the team was an excellent experience. They were always one step ahead of the process. Tremendous organization with over the top results. The attention to detail and dedication to the project was extremely impressive.”

Jason ParsonsGeneral Manager, Naples Beach Hotel

“The Banyan Cay Resort & Golf’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is an exceptional testament to the work that John Sanford and his team can accomplish. This landmark golf course was created by the genius of the Nicklaus Design team lead by Jack Nicklaus and John Sanford, and Sanford Golf Design’s management of the project was flawless. Throughout this project John and his team combined with the talents of the Nicklaus Design Team successfully created the most unique golf course in Florida. Rolling elevations, perfectly placed water features and of course, the sod-walled bunkers are the defining elements that will make this golf course a legend for years to come. All I can say is that the project management talents of Sanford Golf Design brought this course to the perfection it is today.”

Domenic GattoOwner, Banyan Cay Resort & Golf


Like any living thing in nature a golf course has a life cycle; over time turf will mutate, bunkers deteriorate, greens shrink, tees become crowned, irrigation and drainage systems fail. There is a significant ‘cost of doing nothing’, contact us to evaluate your golf course.

For Assistance Evaluating Your Golf Course


Greens 15-30
Bunker Sand 5-7
Bunker Drainage 5-10
Tees 15-20
Practice Tees  5-10
Irrigation 10-30
Drainage 15-30
Mulch 1-3
Grass  Varies