John S. Sanford Jr. ASGCA

On the job and always on course

John Sanford is the past President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has over three decades of experience in Golf Course design, having completed over 80 new designs and renovations in his career.

John is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture. After five years in landscape architecture John landed his first golf course design in 1986. The experience has allowed him to integrate golf courses into the surrounding land uses while maintaining the natural character of the site. John’s early design influence came from playing courses by Dick Wilson, Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye.

Representing the ASGCA John has appeared on the Golf Channel to discuss golf course design and “The Cost of Doing Nothing” and participated in numerous golf industry conferences.

John has traveled the globe working in Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and throughout the United States. Designing courses on sites with diverse opportunities and constraints has given Sanford the experience and perspective that is unique to few architects.