What Our Clients Say.

Letter From the American Society of Golf Course Architects


“I played Spring Run this past February. Very impressed with your renovation. So much that I bought a property in April and already moved in! Great job.”

Ralph Guarasci
Member: 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 Takahashi
Owner: 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 LaPonzina
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 Geilich
Founder and Partner
Granite Links Golf Club


“Hobe Sound Golf Club used Sanford Golf Design for an upgrade of Greens, Tees, Bunker, Driving range and various Landscape issues in the summer of 2003. Work on this project started with Sanford Golf Design over a year prior as we laid out what we wanted to do and what we could afford to do with the Project.

The Long Range plan documents that Sanford Golf Design presented to the club prior to Construction were very important. The Long Range plans enabled us to set a realistic budget for the project.

When the project was completed and we looked at projected expenses’ and actual money spent we were able to finish under budget. Our project was projected at 1.2 million with a 10% contingency factored in.

Another key item that Sanford Golf Design brought to the table was relationship with the Golf Course Construction Company’s. Due to the fact that we were interviewing Construction Company’s well in advance we were able to secure a quality company along with their “A” team. What I mean is in 2003 golf course construction companies were very busy and had a lot of work available. Most large Golf Course Construction companies were working on a couple of job’s each summer and multiply crews doing the work. We were able to secure a quality company along with their top foreman and crew for our job.

The Hobe Sound Golf Course Board of Directors along with the entire membership was very pleased with the results of 2003 project. I have recommended Sanford Golf Design to other clubs that were looking for help with both small and large construction issues. We have an ongoing relationship with Sanford Golf Design still in place today.

The Board along with the membership understands the value of a Top Quality Golf Course Architect.”

Roy MacDonald
Golf Course Superintendent
Hobe Sound Golf Club