- May 12, 1959
- Burbank, California
Matt Ginella and Forrest Richardson talk golf course architecture
Richardson's passion for golf course architecture blossomed when he was studying abroad at the University of Dundee in Scotland. The program enabled Richardson to see several significant links golf courses at St. Andrews and elsewhere in the region of Fife, where the game was born. This experience helped turn an interest into a profession, as Richardson would go on to work for established architect Arthur Jack Snyder for several years before forming his own firm, Forrest Richardson & Associates, in 1988.
Richardson sees big potential in small-footprint golf. One of his most successful projects is the golf course at Mountain Shadows, a resort in Phoenix. There, he took an executive course designed in the 1960s by Jack Snyder, his mentor, and reduced it to an 18-hole par-3 course that emphasizes quick play and fun over rigorous challenge. In 2020, he began a year-long term as president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. In his introductory address, a video called "Ahead of the Game," Richardson further emphasized the importance of golf course architects finding opportunities to present scaled-down versions of golf to existing and new audiences alike.
Richardson has written extensively and is the author of five books on golf course architecture, most recently Of Course.
Forrest Richardson: Selected golf courses
Forrest Richardson Designed Courses Map
Forrest Richardson Designed Courses