Golf course architecture has been a passion of mine my entire life. My old files are filled with golf courses I drew starting at the age of five. I read every book on the topic I can find, and study/walk golf courses religiously. As a young man I started in the industry as an apprentice to a golf architect in my home town. After learning the basic principles of routing and how to read topography maps, I wanted to get my hands dirty. Over the next couple of years I worked on various maintenance and construction crews to learn the mechanics and operations of a golf course. Determined to continue my dream, I went to Oklahoma State University to get a degree in Landscape Architecture. From there I was able to acquire internships with golf architects around the country. Upon graduation, I was hired as a design associate by a highly regarded golf architect in Oklahoma. During these experiences I was exposed to all facets of the design process and different project types including renovations, restorations, and new courses. I am now the owner of Colton Craig Design and continue to pursue excellence in my passion of golf architecture.
July 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 12 mins
Even in an improving economy new golf course construction looks like a less than booming field but opportunities to improve existing courses are almost endless. While most in the industry equate renovation with big budget works, Oklahoma based Colton Craig says it doesn't need to be so and hopes to be at the forefront of a wave of architects specialising in what he calls "Blue Collar Architecture" - course renovation on a shoestring budget. Colton joins the podcast to discuss that concept plus his obsession wth Perry Maxwell.