Golf News for Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Awards

Schmidt-Curley Design earns top honors from Asian Golf Monthly

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Schmidt-Curley Design - one of the world's most active and innovative golf course design firms - has been ranked Asia-Pacific's "Best Golf Course Architect" for the second consecutive year by Asian Golf Monthly.

Co-founded by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley in 1997, Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 80 courses across the Asia-Pacific region. This was the sixth straight year it finished top three in the "Best Architect" category.

"Thank you to Asian Golf Monthly's readers for recognizing our passion and talent for golf course design," says Brian Curley. "We've assembled the best team in the business and could not have achieved this feat without their unwavering dedication to tirelessly serving all our client-partners."

The firm's work at Mission Hills Haikou, Siam Country Club and Chiang Mai Highlands also garnered praise.

Ten-course Mission Hills Haikou - entirely master planned and designed by Schmidt-Curley - ascended to the top of the "Best Golf Resort in Asia-Pacific" category. Its Blackstone Course, host of the 2011 World Cup of Golf, collected "Best Course in China" (second straight year) and "Best Championship Course in Asia-Pacific" accolades. The Shadow Dunes Course was first runner-up for "Best New Course in Asia-Pacific."

The Plantation Course at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand was named the "Best Maintained Course in Asia-Pacific." Chiang Mai Highlands, in the country's Himalayan foothills, topped the "Best Value for the Money" rankings.

Adds Lee Schmidt: "We've been intimately involved with the Asian golf industry for nearly two decades. Our record of consistent design achievement, master planning expertise and client satisfaction is unmatched. We're excited to continue to lead the way as the region's influence over global golf grows."

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About Schmidt-Curley Design
Founded in 1997 by partners Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, Schmidt-Curley Design ( is a full-service, international golf course architecture and master-planning firm. The tandem - leading fully-staffed offices in the USA (Scottsdale, Arizona) and China (Haikou, Hainan Island and Kunming) - has been named GOLF Magazine's "Architect of the Year" and Asian Golf Monthly's "Best Golf Course Architects."

Schmidt-Curley has designed more than 150 layouts in 25 countries. High-profile credits include 10 of the 12 courses at storied Mission Hills Shenzhen - the "World's Largest Golf Club" - and all 10 at Mission Hills' new Hainan Island resort. Mission Hills Hainan's Lava Fields Course is the only Chinese design ranked among Golf World's "Top 100," and was named GOLF Magazine's "Best New International Course" of 2011.

Other award-winning results include Mission Hills Hainan's Blackstone Course; Thailand's Siam C.C. and Amata Spring G.C.; Southern Dunes G.C. (Arizona, USA); The Wilderness Club (Montana, USA) and French Lick Resort's Donald Ross Course (Indiana, USA). The recently unveiled 54-hole Stone Forest International C.C. near Kunming is also garnering global acclaim.

Schmidt-Curley has worked extensively with golf's biggest names - including Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples on numerous noteworthy projects - and boasts five ASGCA members (Schmidt, Curley, Grant Haserot, Andy Raugust and Shane Witcombe).

Producing demanding yet beautiful and enjoyable courses, Schmidt-Curley strives to create golf experiences that stir the senses and elevate golfers' appreciations for the land and the game. By balancing classic golf course architecture with ever-changing contemporary technology, Schmidt-Curley places an emphasis on site-adaptive courses, memorable and satisfying for all levels of play and always designed for cost-efficient maintenance and operations.

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications