Schmidt-Curley is currently designing and building all golf courses at new Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island


Schmidt-Curley Design — one of the world’s most active and innovative golf course design firms — announces golf-industry veteran Ray Scofield has joined the firm as construction / design coordinator.

Scofield is permanently based at the firm’s Haikou office on Hainan Island, ensuring timely client interaction and assistance. His presence further cements Schmidt-Curley’s hard-earned reputation as the golf course architecture firm best positioned to serve the burgeoning Chinese market.

"Our full-time Haikou office staff of more than 20 employees is devoted to efficiently providing unmatched service to all our Asia clients," says Brian Curley. "This emphasis keeps developers happy, as evidenced by the high rate of repeat business we enjoy."

Schmidt-Curley is the only American golf course design firm with two in-country offices (the other is in Kunming). This promotes quicker mobilization, lower travel costs and other valuable advantages over competitors.

Scofield has succeeded with Schmidt-Curley on a number of worldwide projects, including Marriott’s Shadow Ridge (Palm Desert, CA) and The Plantation G.C (La Quinta, CA). In 2003-04, he oversaw Schmidt-Curley’s construction of five golf courses at Mission Hills Shenzhen within a 15-month period. During his 30-year career, he’s worked on behalf of other acclaimed designers like Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Jay Morrish and Gary Player.

"In the last 25 years, we’ve partnered with Ray on some of our best-known designs," adds Curley. "We’re excited to make him a full-time member of the team in a position key to our future growth."

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About Schmidt-Curley Design

Founded by partners Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; Haikou, Hainan Island, China and Kunming, China, Schmidt-Curley is a full-service, international golf course architecture and master-planning firm with more than 100 layouts in 24 countries. The tandem is responsible for crafting 10 of the 12 courses at storied Mission Hills Shenzhen — the "World’s Largest Golf Club" — and is currently designing and building all golf courses at new Mission Hills Haikou on Hainan Island.

Other high profile, award-winning projects from Schmidt-Curley include Bali Hai and Siena Golf Clubs (Las Vegas), Amata Spring Golf Club (Chonburi, Thailand, four-time host of the PGA European Tour’s Royal Trophy), Terra Lago Golf Club (Indio, California, site of the Skins Game from 1999 – 2002), Twin Creeks Golf Club (Cedar Park, Texas) and Crosby National Golf Club (Rancho Santa Fe, California).

Schmidt-Curley has also worked extensively with golf’s biggest names — including Pete Dye, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples on numerous high-profile projects — and boasts four ASGCA members (Lee Schmidt, Brian Curley, Grant Haserot and Andy Raugust).

Producing demanding yet beautiful and enjoyable courses, Schmidt-Curley strives to create golf experiences that stir the senses and elevate golfers’ appreciations for the land and the game. By balancing classic golf course architecture with ever-changing contemporary technology, Schmidt-Curley places an emphasis on site-adaptive courses, memorable and enjoyable for all levels of play and always designed for cost-efficient maintenance and operations.




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