Life on the Links
Raised on the fairways of North Berwick West Links, classic architecture is in Benjamin’s blood. During his formative years the new golf courses he played were largely disappointing. Nothing compared favourably to the ancient links surrounding his hometown. Then, in 2005, inspiration came to Scotland in the form of Tom Doak and his talented team. Benjamin helped the grounds crew with finish work at The Renaissance Club at Archerfield. The seeds of his future career were sown.
In a stroke of good fortune Benjamin joined the Renaissance Golf Design team working on Grand St. Émilionnais Golf Club in France in 2012, as a construction intern. He ran a bulldozer from day one and started learning how to shape. From there he went on to help Gil Hanse and his team build the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Brazil, finishing some of the elegant Melbourne sand belt-inspired bunkers and shaping parts of the academy.
To date Benjamin has worked on five continents with some of the most talented architects and shapers in the design & build family.
Working with the Golf Environment Organization for five years, Benjamin helped to advise prestigious golf clubs, national federations and professional golf tours. He was introduced to the inner workings of the game and became convinced that the multi-disciplinary role of the golf architect is critical to building a sustainable golf industry.