Greg Norman

Full Name
Gregory John Norman
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Year of Birth
1955
Place Born
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia

According to his own marketing: "Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) is recognized as the premier signature golf course design firm in the world, featuring over 100 courses opened across 34 countries and six continents, with many having won prestigious design awards."

Greg Norman, nicknamed The Great White Shark, was born in Mount Isa, Queensland to parents Mervin and Toini Norman in 1955. His mother, the daughter of a Finnish carpenter, played off a single-figure handicap and it was her who introduced Norman to the game when the family moved to Brisbane.

In 1975, he served as an assistant professional at Beverley Park Golf Club in Sydney, New South Wales before quickly moving back to Brisbane and the Royal Queensland Golf Club, where he worked for six years before becoming a tournament player.

After winning his first event, the West Lakes Classic, during his rookie season at The Grange, he decided to join the European Tour the following year, allowing him to compete at a higher level. He won his first event on that circuit – the Martini International – at Blairgowrie in 1977 so now he was off and running with the big boys.

In a playing career that lasted until 2009, he amassed an incredible total of 88 wins around the world: 18 on the PGA Tour (including the Players’ Championship in 1994); 14 on the European Tour (featuring two Open victories, in 1986 and 1993); 31 on the PGA of Australia Tour (with five Australian Open titles between 1980 and 1996); and 25 other tournaments (such as three Suntory Match Play Championships in 1980, 1983 and 1986).

Norman was loved by many for his bold, aggressive style of play and he was regarded as one of the best drivers of the golf ball in his era. In the fourteen seasons between 1984 and 1997, Norman finished in the top 20 for driving distance on the PGA Tour twelve times and in the top 6 nine times. His long and straight driving off the tee with a persim...

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Al Mouj (Championship)

1st Oman Ranking 2nd Middle East Ranking

The spectacular centrepiece of the Wave Resort project is the wonderful Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj golf complex that features both a championship 18-hole course and a floodlit 9-hole par three layout.

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Allegria

1st Egypt Ranking

The Allegria is Greg Norman’s first North African golf course design, opening to rave reviews when it was first unveiled in 2010 on the outskirts of Cairo.

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Ayla

1st Jordan Ranking 12th Middle East Ranking

Immediately to the west of the 7th-century coastal city of Aqaba, a massive residential and commercial development named Ayla has been taking shape since 2008...

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Bluffs Ho Tram Strip

1st Vietnam Ranking 7th Asia Ranking

The Greg Norman-designed golf course at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, took all of ten years to come to fruition after it was first earmarked for investment back in 2004...

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Brookwater

2nd Queensland - Best in Area 28th Australia Ranking 37th Oceania Ranking

The course at Brookwater Golf Club has become quite a talking point in its few short years of existence. It is essentially a public course and therefore receives a good airing with the golfing public.

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Cathedral Lodge

8th Victoria - Best in Area 14th Australia Ranking 18th Oceania Ranking

Cathedral Lodge Golf Club was developed by investment banker and former Essendon Football Club President David Evans as a high-end private facility with an exclusive membership of fewer than two hundred golfers.

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CuisinArt

1st Anguilla Ranking 22nd Caribbean Ranking

Billed as the Caribbean’s answer to Pebble Beach, the Greg Norman designed CuisinArt golf course (formerly called Temenos) certainly provides players with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

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Danang Dunes

6th Vietnam Ranking 32nd Asia Ranking

The Dunes course at Danang Golf Club opened to critical acclaim in 2010 with its designer, Greg Norman, saying, “You’d be doing a very poor job to make a boring course out of a site like this”.

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Eagle Ridge (Greg Norman)

24th Philippines Ranking

Greg Norman’s layout was the fourth and latest (2003) to open at the 72-hole Eagle Ridge Golf & Country Club – at one time Eagle Ridge had six courses planned.

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Eastern (South)

27th Victoria - Best in Area 66th Australia Ranking 91st Oceania Ranking

Founded back in 1896, The Eastern Golf Club relocated twice before settling on a site just outside Yering, in the Yarra Valley, where Greg Norman fashioned 27 new holes for the members in 2016.

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