Bobby Weed Golf Design’s origins date to the late 1970s, when Bobby began a lifelong apprenticeship and collaboration with Pete Dye. That irreplaceable relationship instilled in Bobby a set of foundational values about building great golf courses in the field – the kind of compelling layouts that stir the soul, sustain the environment and satisfy financial expectations. These values guided the formation of BWGD, the assembly of its team and how it approaches its work today.
Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects
Member, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Weed’s professional career began with an apprenticeship under Pete Dye in the late 1970s, a relationship that produced a number of notable courses and has stretched for over 35 years and continues today.
In 1983, Weed was hired by the PGA TOUR, where he advanced to become the in-house architect in 1987. From that post, Weed was responsible for the design of many of today’s best known TPC venues, which continue to serve as host sites for prominent TOUR events. Weed was also able to collaborate with a cross-section of noted TOUR players from the golden age to the modern era, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Chi Chi Rodriguez.
In 1994, Weed’s career and experience reached a crescendo with the formation of his own design firm. Today, over 20 years and 50 projects later, he continues to handcraft golf courses in the field, just as Dye first taught him.
Senior Design Associate
Chris Monti’s early interest in golf course architecture led to college study at Cornell University, the alma mater of several prominent members of the profession. Upon graduation, Monti received the Dreer Award, which allowed for a year-long examination of the golf courses of the British Isles, a formative experience that influenced his thoughts on strategy, maintenance and the integration of golf and development.
Since 1997, Monti has employed that unique perspective as Senior Design Associate for Bobby Weed Golf Design. Select projects that have gained national attention include Medalist Golf Club, Culver Academies Golf Course, Palma Ceia Country Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, New Orleans Country Club, StoneRidge Golf Club and The Deltona Club.
Matthews’s association with Bobby Weed began in 1986 while maintaining the books for Bobby’s golf course-related companies. In 1996, Matthews became the full-time business manager for Bobby Weed Golf Design, Inc. bringing 30 plus years of accounting and managerial experience to the company. Matthews has a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of North Florida.
Director of Media & Public Relations
Sally J. Sportsman is a golf media and public-relations executive and an award-winning golf writer. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a graduate degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She has served as communications coordinator of the Golf Coaches Association of America and as executive director of the Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Her fascination with golf course design is enhanced by her work with Bobby Weed and his team.