Surrounded by the game of
golf since youth, Steve Smyers is both an accomplished player and a
well-traveled student of the great golf courses of the world. As a
player, Steve was a member of the University of Florida's NCAA Championship
team in 1973.
Along with his deep appreciation for the history and traditions of the game,
Smyers well-conceived design philosophy has been greatly influenced by the
legendary architects of the 1920s and 30s ...the Golden Era of golf course
Spanning over 2 decades, Steve's career is centered on projects throughout
the U.S. and in various countries around the world including
Australia, Zimbabwe, England, France, Brazil, and the Philippines.
His golf course designs have attracted the likes of
top daily fee, resort and residential clients, as well as private golf
clubs. Blessed with vision, creativity, and imagination, Smyers has the
flair of an artist along with an uncanny ability to produce variety and drama
in his designs using the native landscapes as his canvas.
In addition to his professional design expertise, Steve has the personality
and communication skills to effectively express his ideas to his clients and
the media. His broad knowledge of the game and love for his work make him an
outstanding communicator. Steve's mission of providing the highest level of
excellence and service to each client, while designing
golf courses that challenge, excite and reward golfers of all skill levels
is simply unmatched in today's industry.
Steve is a current member of The American Society of Golf Course Architects
also serving as Vice President. He also served the United States
Golf Association as a member of the Executive Committee since 2006.
Commitment to the Game
Member of American Society of Golf Course Architects (Board of
2011 USGA Isaac B. Grainger Award Recipient
2006-2011 USGA Executive Committee Member
2010, 2011 Chairman of U.S. Mid Amateur Championships
1st architect in 116 years to serve on the USGA Executive Committee
USGA responsibilities include: Amateur Status Committee, Chairman of
International Team Selection Committee (responsible for past 3 Walker Cup team
selections and Curtis Cup team selections)
2011 Joint Equipment Standards Committee (USGA and R&A)
Chairman of USGA Environmental Turfgrass Research Committee
Chairman of USGA Green Section
Served on the USGA Championship Committee which includes determining all
championship venues including U.S. Open; course set-up for last 6 U.S.
Opens; served as rules official in last 6 U.S. Opens; and had pleasure of
walking with final weekend pairings of the last 2 U.S. Opens
2009 Captain of the victorious Copa de las Americas team competed in Buenos
Founded and developed The First Tee of Lakeland in 2002
Member of University of Florida's 1973 NCAA Championship team
Played in 6 decades of U.S. Golf Championships starting with the U.S.
Junior, 7 U.S. Amateurs,
8 U.S. Mid Amateurs, 3 British Amateurs, and 1 Senior Amateur
Winner of the "2011 Senior Crump Cup" at Pine Valley
Runner up at "2011 George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational
Tournament" at Seminole Golf Club
Patrick joined the team in 1997 and has become a highly respected landscape
architect, restoration ecologist/designer, and community planner. His
responsibilities include project management, construction supervision, and
A Chicago native, Mr. Andrews received his Bachelor's Degree from The
University of Notre Dame. He continued with graduate work at both
the University of Wisconsin and Kansas State University in environmental
planning, turf grass management, and art & design. Mr. Andrews earned
a Masters Degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis in restoration
ecology from the University of Minnesota.
Patrick is a gifted painter which helps to bring a unique perspective,
refined imagination, and focused visual sense to organize a pattern of
spaces. A blending of his architectural training with his unique
philosophy and personal view of the natural world offer a vibrant approach to
golf course architecture and design.
In Patrick's own words, I have always been interested in how people are
influenced by, and how they feel about, the landscapes they live
in. When he's not working a project, Patrick enjoys working with
horses and physically challenged riders or works on his drawing and painting
skills by attending workshops with some of America's greatest artists.
Patrick resides in Sarasota.