About The Firm
Forrest Richardson is a golf course architect. The firm, which operates under the name Forrest Richardson & Associates, is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is incorporated as Golf Group Ltd.
Golf courses created by the firm have been awarded for their excellence, innovation and attention to detail. In the U.S., the firm’s work spans from Hawaii to Boston, with an emphasis in pacific and southwest states. International work has included planning and projects in Mexico, Central America, Canada, Sweden and Asiatic Russia.
The firm’s philosophy is to create an overall golf experience — one grounded in tradition, enjoyment and suitability to the surroundings. Rather than a style or “look,” Forrest Richardson believes that the design of a golf course should adapt to each site. That the needs of the golfer, the membership and customers who will ultimately play the course are always a paramount consideration. His designs embrace the natural terrain, balancing creativity with natural features and nuances that become integrated to each hole. The routing and flow of his courses embrace the unique attributes that come from the land. Vistas, wind, sunlight, and even the local culture, are each studied and considered in creating the golf experience.
Established in 1988, Forrest Richardson & Associates evolved from Forrest’s longtime association with the late Arthur Jack Snyder. The two golf course architects collaborated for 20 years. Together, their work includes more than 70 completed courses that range from multi-course facilities to short and intimate par-3 layouts.
The firm has completed celebrated projects for resorts, daily-fee golf developers, private clubs and municipalities. They are not afraid of challenging sites and complex projects. The firm has managed golf course projects on Superfund reclamation sites, solid waste landfills, and parcels with intense environmental constraints. The overriding approach of their work is to create courses enjoyable to play, exciting to promote, and affordable for the long-term. In a business that can often become complicated, they strive to make the process of planning, designing and building golf courses as simple and straightforward as practical.
Forrest Richardson & Assoc. has been honored for their work, receiving nominations for the Best New Affordable Course (Golf Digest), Silver Award Resort Properties (Golf Digest) and Environmental Excellence Awards for their work at Phantom Horse Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Their work for The Hideout Golf Club in Utah received Golf Inc’s Development of the Year in 2003. Renovation work at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona received Golf Inc’s Renovation of the Year in 2005. In 2006, The Links at Las Palomas received the International Development of the Year Award from Golf Development World.