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 in 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 golf design as an intern on Tom Doak's construction crew at Rock Creek Cattle Company and spent additional time gaining office experience under John Fought 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 letting the design take shape in the field.


Ryan Farrow first stepped foot on a 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 by shaping tee boxes and bunkers and learning from some of the most talented shapers and project managers in the world. Since then, he has helped oversee various stages of design, planning, or construction of golf courses throughout the United States and Asia working at resort courses like Mission Hills, Sand Valley, Pinehurst Resort, and Bandon Dunes as well as private golf clubs like Oakmont Country Club, Merion, and Southern Hills. Ryan is currently shaping on the northwest coast of The United States 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

  • GolfWeek

  • Golf Inc.

  • Links Magazine

  • Golf Course Architecture

  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Front Page)

  • ASGCA's By Design (Cover Photo)