I grew up in Indiana and attended a small liberal arts school, where I majored in Environmental Studies and Art (and I got to play small college golf). In 1999, my wife Becky and I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where we lived for three years. In Scotland, I got a graduate degree in landscape architecture and a true education in links golf. I then got my start in golf construction with a London based company, renovating several cool heathland courses for a year after school.
We moved back to Madison, Wisconsin and I was fortunate to find a job with Mike Oliphant, who has been a longtime mentor for me and now business partner. Working for Mike, I progressed from laborer and operator, to superintendent, to cost estimator and project manager on high profile golf work across the country. At the same time, I picked up some design projects locally, and I was successful (somehow!) in finding the land for what would eventually become Sand Valley, and in helping to get the resort built, starting in 2013.
I stay busy and wear multiple hats in the golf business... golf architect and sometimes shaper, I'm still the construction manager for Oliphant Golf and the development team at Sand Valley, and I run a growing golf management company that I started with Mike in 2009, when the financial crisis put a stop to all golf construction (I became a golf course superintendent for a couple years, and that experience turned into a great business).
I have been blessed to be able to follow a passion for golf and golf courses, and to make an interesting career out of it so far. I've also been extremely fortunate to work with, and to learn from, some of the most talented people in our industry.
I have an admitted bias for old golf courses and seek a lasting and timeless quality in our work. I design/build on the ground with a great team, and I like to get on the equipment myself as much as possible. I can also draw plans and wave my hands :)
Becky and I live in rural central Wisconsin with our two wonderful young kids.