Client Testimonials

“Pennant Hills Golf Club engaged Golf by Design as our Golf Course Architect over 12 years ago, since that time I have worked closely with them in my capacity as Golf Course Superintendent. It is obvious that they have a sound appreciation of both the fundamentals of the game but also the finer points missed by those less discerning or able. Aside from their unquestionable technical and creative skills, GBD are a delight to work with and who time and time again demonstrate their commitment to the Club, even happily attending meetings on site at a moments notice. All in all, I have worked with several Golf Course Architects over my 30 year career but from my perspective what makes GBD a standout is their ability to effectively balance the needs of the Board, the Players and the Course Staff, which is not always an easy thing to do.”
– Richard Kirkby, Course Superintendant, Pennnant Hills GC


“Golf by Design transformed a previously good members course into an outstanding layout of which all members are proud. Cromer is now a golf course that requires thought on most shots. Strategic use of fairway bunkers and water hazards means that members need a plan to play each hole and the rewards for doing this effectively make a game at Cromer quite exhilarating. The area around the 3rd green and 4th is regarded as Cromer’s little piece of Augusta……which is quite a compliment to any golf course! Congratulations on a job well done!”
– Rod Davies, General Manager, Cromer Golf Club, NSW, Australia



“We embarked on a master plan for our golf course choosing Golf by Design for their experience on similar projects. We had changed our thinking mid-process from backing a waste-water treatment plant to on-site storm water retention and thank god we did! The Golf by Design team were fantastic, we are on track to recoup our capital costs of construction the dam and associated works way ahead of schedule. This is largely due to how well the ‘new’ North Ryde golf course has been received by the golfing public. Our membership is full for the first time in 10 years, and public play is back to the levels seen in the Greg Norman bubble. I couldn’t recommend the Golf by Design team highly enough for anyone seeking a professional golf course design team that can plan and manage a golf development from conception to reality.”
– Michael Breen, Former President, North Ryde Golf Club, NSW, Australia


“I have over the past ten years become very familiar with much of Golf by Designs‘ design work in Australia, in particular the spectacular the Elanora Country Club and Cromer Golf Clubs in Sydney, the very popular Pacific Dunes Golf Club north of Sydney and the award winning The Cut Golf Club in Perth, Western Australia. Each of these clubs is proud of their work. Golf by Design is well and favourably known in the golf industry in Australia. On a personal level, I cannot speak highly enough of James’ integrity.”
– Chris Allen, Chairman, Golf NSW Limited


“James Wilcher was responsible for the golf course design, construction technical assistance, environmental impact issues and agronomic services for our development projects in Sterling Grand New Delhi India (later renamed Jaypee Greens Golf Resort). He was a proactive project team member and played a major role in the development of the master plan for each project and interfacing with the other project consultants to ensure continuity of design. He is a gifted designer with the capability of designing a world-class golf course. He pays attention to the details that make his design exceptional yet containing costs within an appropriate budget.”
– Geoffrey Blake, Director of Project Management Triarc International of Orlando, inc


“James Wilcher was responsible for the design of the golf course components on our Chun Chon and Cheju projects. The calibre of his work was outstanding, not only does he obviously possess great artistic flair but he proved more than a match for the significant technical challenges of our sites. During the course of our work, he continually went the so-called “extra mile” and dutifully met time limits. Working with him was in many ways a refreshing experience.”
– In Pyo Hong.Director, Hanwha Land Development Co., Ltd.