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 design.
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 and served as President in 2015. He also served the United States Golf Association as a member of the Executive Committee from 2006-2011. Serving as USGA Executive Treasurer in 2011.
Commitment to the Game
- 2016 American Society of Golf Course Architects Past-President
- 2015 American Society of Golf Course Architects President
- 2012 American Society of Golf Course Architects Secretary
- 1990-Current, American Society of Golf Course Architects Member
- 2011 USGA Isaac B. Grainger Award Recipient
- 2011 USGA Executive Committee Treasurer
- 2006-2011 USGA Executive Committee Member
- 2010, 2011 Chairman of USGA Mid Amateur Championships
- 1st architect in 116 years to serve on the USGA Executive Committee
- USGA responsibilities included: 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 Aires
- Founded and developed The First Tee of Lakeland in 2002
Playing Resume (partial list)
- 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