There is an architect well worth noting his work is mostly in Michigan, also was President of the American Society of golf course Architects. Jerry Matthews. His firm designed around 100 course in Michigan and 150 remodels, Also some in Virginia, Indiana and Alaska
You forgot the late great Geoffrey S Cornish and his partner in design for 19 years William G. Robinson, and his brother John F Robinson - Golf Course Design. Together over we've done 400 new designs and renovations. We began the concept Long Range Planning and Contour Mowing to reduce maintenance.
There are a lot of great golf course architects but my favorite is Spencer Holt, based out of Louisville
Reading these comments is laughable. First, the list is for architects you've never heard of.Second, the readers are suggesting architects who maybe did 1 good course. I vomited in my mouth when I read Ed Ault and Roger Rulewich. Neither have any courses listed on Golf Magazine or Golf Digest Top 100. A lifetime of mediocrity.
Better check your facts- Roger Rulewich has quite a few highly ranked designs both with RTJ and solo
I would second the motion of Kyle Phillips. His work at Kingsbarn is marvelous and he keeps turning out great courses around the world.
Gordon Lewis, though I'm a bit prejudice, he's my brother. He's done 45 plus courses, most in SW Florida.
I would nominate Andy Raugust. His Deer Ridge design in Central California is my favorite golf course of all that I've played, which includes the Pebble Beach courses, Pasatiempo, etc.
Played a number of the above courses and have some of the others on my bucket list. The older I've gotten the more I appreciate the courses as much as the game. I know I'm not alone.
Brandon Johnson did a great job at Old Tabby, making it more scenic as well as more interesting to play. The greens have terrific character and the bunkers play a strategic as well as an aesthetic role.
Herbert Strong --Saucon Valley, Woodholme Country Club, Engineers Club