Andy was brought to the game of golf at the age of seven by his dad, having learned the game at West Bend Country Club, in West Bend, WI, a turn of the century course designed by William Langford & Theodore Moreau. As a kid, Andy’s family vacationed at a lake cottage near Rome, WI, and it was there Andy began practicing his bunker shots in and around the sand beach, initially playing to a stick in the ground. This target evolved into a flat “green,” set on top of a sand ledge, surrounded by sandy grasses and native pine trees. This rudimentary sand green expanded to include 9 teeing grounds that could be played twice, even including an “island” tee from the boat dock. Andy built small retaining walls, transplanted trees, and routed his course around the property, holding his own golf tournament with his brothers each weekend. Seeing his creative dedication, Andy’s dad asked him if he knew that people designed golf courses for a living. It was then, at the age of 12, that Andy knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up.
Andy began his career in golf with Wadsworth Golf Construction Company, a world-renowned golf course builder. These early construction experiences (mostly throughout the Midwest) is where he learned firsthand the nuts and bolts of implementing an architect’s design. Andy would go on to work with Bob Graves, Damian Pascuzzo, John Fought, Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt. His past projects have played host to the PGA Tour (La Quinta Country Club, CA), the LPGA (Blackhawk Country Club, CA) and have won awards from Golf Digest, GolfWeek and Golf Magazine.
He is a full member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the most prestigious governing body in his profession. He has been a member of GCSAA since 1999 and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) since 2000. Andy continues to lecture nationally on the subject of sustainable golf design and management. His list of lecture locations includes Sustainability in Golf – The Business of Green annual conference on Hilton Head Island, the Golf Industry Show (GIS), local chapters of the GCSAA and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has an extended degree from Denmark’s International Studies Program in Copenhagen, and completed Executive Education from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
December 10th, 2018 | 1 hr 17 mins
Golf all too often exists 'over there', outside of communities in both geography and culture. But American course designer Andy Staples says that needs to change, especially if the game is to survive - and thrive - into the future. On episode 88, Staples outlines just some of the myriad reasons why golf is the perfect community pastime - as well as why it isn't seen that way by golfers and non golfers alike. Also, co-host Adrian Logue reveals his plan to take part in the Longest Day of golf for the second consecutive year as he helps raise funds for cancer research.