Farrow Golf Design offers a wide range of services including golf course design, golf course shaping, and professional photography. We are committed to providing clients our full attention on their projects until completion, placing an emphasis on quality, not quantity.
Ryan Farrow has been a part of the golf business since 2005 and was involved in the design, planning, supervision, or shaping of over 25 golf courses throughout the United States and Asia. Ryan received his start in the design businesses as an intern on Tom Doak's construction crew at Rock Creek Cattle Company and spent additional time gaining office experience under John Fought, all while finishing his degree at Arizona State University. Upon graduation, Ryan accepted a Design Associate position at Schmidt-Curley Design where he worked from 2008-2014. During his time in Asia, Ryan lived in China for over 5 years, acting as Schmidt-Curley's "eyes and ears on the ground" for the construction of a 10 golf course resort (Mission Hills Hainan). In his years working for Schmidt-Curley, Ryan has not only learned the technical aspect of creating plan documents on the computer, but possesses the ability to produce all phases of construction documents necessary for building a golf course in the modern age. While he understands a great golf course cannot be designed on the computer, the usefulness of quantifying takeoffs, calculating cut/fill numbers, and the importance of securing environmental permits are qualities of detailed plans that should not be undervalued. Ryan prefers to use construction plans as a general outline to move projects forward while leaving the decision making and design calls for his time spent on site.
Ryan Farrow first stepped foot on a golf course construction site while interning for Tom Doak at Rock Creek Cattle Company in 2007. During that time, he learned the basics of golf course construction while finish shaping tee boxes and bunkers. Since then, he has helped oversee various stages of design, planning, or construction of over 25 golf courses throughout the world. Ryan is currently shaping at the Sand Valley Golf Resort in Central Wisconsin with Coore & Crenshaw.
"Whether it was staying on top of a 10 course project on volcanic rock, leading a bunker crew of local villagers in China, or overseeing my first design from the ground up, there is no greater joy than being on the seat of a bulldozer or putting the finishing touches on a bunker edge with a shovel and rake. " - Ryan Farrow
As a self-taught photographer, Ryan Farrow's work has been published in over 30 print magazines spanning the globe from the United States and Europe to Southeast Asia and Australia. Ryan's experience as a Golf Course Designer allows him to easily recognize and capture the most impressive design features of each course. This results in not only stunning photographs but images which showcase the unique character of each course.
Ryan's photos have appeared in notable publications such as:
- Golf Digest - USA - China - Malaysia - Singapore
- Golf Magazine - USA - China
- The New York Times
- The Wall Street Journal
- Cigar Aficionado
- Golf World
- Golf Inc.
- Links Magazine
- Golf Course Architecture
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Front Page)
- ASGCA's By Design (Cover Photo)