Nelson & Haworth

Full Name
Robert David ‘Robin’ Nelson and Neil Haworth
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Year of Birth
1951 and 1961
Year of Death
2012 (RDN aged 61)
Place Born
Kentfield, CA, USA and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Place Died
San Francisco, CA, USA

“What transforms a great design vision into a great golf course is our commitment to bring our experience to the site as often as possible. Critical to the process is communication between owner, architect and construction supervisors." Nelson & Haworth

The company was hit by a very heavy blow in late 2012 when founding partner Robin Nelson passed away after a long battle with ALS. Partners Neil Haworth and Brett Mogg decided to carry on with the business and to best preserve Robin’s legacy they have kept the Nelson & Haworth name intact.

Robin Nelson, Senior Partner in the Nelson & Haworth design firm, died after a long illness with motor neurone disease aged 61 in 2012. He’s survived by his wife Aniko and daughters Briana and Taylour.

As a young man, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and joined the design firm of Robert Muir Graves in 1973, where he remained for three years before teaming up with Ron Fream at Golfplan to supervise construction on golf course projects in Asia like the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden course in Singapore.

In 1982, he joined Belt Collins and Associates, a large landscape design company based in Hawaii, setting up a golf course division that became Nelson & Wright in 1987, working alongside design partner Rodney Wright until he left to form his own independent company (Wright Golf Design) in 1996.

Robin helped transform the golfing landscape of Hawaii, becoming its most prolific golf course designer with many well-respected resort layouts such as Mauna Lani and lots of other lesser-known gems to his name.

Neil Haworth attended McGill University for a couple of years then studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph outside Toronto, where he graduated in 1986. He worked for a short time with Graham Cooke before leaving for Singapore in 1990 to set up the Asian office of what was then the firm of Nelson & Wright, part ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Nelson & Haworth

Bali National

1st Bali - Best in Area 10th Indonesia Ranking

Bali Golf & Country Club closed in 2012 for a major renovation, twenty years after it first opened for play. New owners, Narendra Interpacific, reopened the golfing facility in 2014 as the rebranded Bali National Golf Club.


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Champ de Bataille

40th North East France - Best in Area 90th France Ranking

Co-designed in the late 1980s by Robin Nelson and Thierry Huau, the course at Golf du Champ de Bataille occupies a hilly woodland site to the south of Rouen in Normandy. Jean Manuel Rossi has since redesigned the layout.


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Genzon (A)

16th China Ranking

Neil Haworth redesigned the original 18-hole layout at Genzon Golf Club in 2008, creating two new 18-hole tracks, uninspiringly named A and B. Six years later, the A course hosted the Volvo China Open, an event won by France’s Alexander Lévy.


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Genzon (B)

36th China Ranking

Originally established as the CITIC Green Golf Club, Genzon Golf Club changed hands in 2005. Neil Haworth then extended the old 18-layout into two 18-hole courses, named A and B, with floodlighting installed on the back nine of the latter which also features wildly undulating fairways and a mountainous backcloth.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

39th China Ranking

Designed by the Nelson & Haworth partnership, the course at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club was voted the 9th most spectacular course in the world by one golf magazine. It's an early new millennium layout situated at 3,100 metres above sea level, making it the highest course in all of Asia, and measuring 8,548 yards it's said to be the longest par 72 layout in the world.

Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau (East)

3rd Hong Kong Ranking

The East is the third course at the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau and it was designed by Nelson & Haworth in 2008. Occupying a dramatic site, it’s one of the few public courses in the world with ocean views from every hole.


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Lake Hill (Dragon)

44th China Ranking

The Dragon course at Lake Hill Golf Club is located at Jianshan in eastern China and it was the first course to open at the club in 2007. Robin Nelson designed the layout which measures a whopping 7,600 yards from the tips.

Lakeview Vientiane

3rd Laos Ranking

Lakeview Golf Club in Vientiane City is a 2016 creation from the Nelson & Haworth design firm, where the architects have used the spoil from digging a series of man-made lakes to create mounding and several raised greensites...


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Macquarie Links

23rd New South Wales - Best in Area

Macquarie Links is marketed as an Australian version of a Scottish links but, in truth, the only design aspect that comes close to matching a Caledonian seaside course is the quality of the sand traps...


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Nelson & Haworth Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 21
2 James Park Courses Played 13
3 Tao Lin Courses Played 12
4 Walter Resch Courses Played 8
= yujie ren Courses Played 8
6 Steve Starika Courses Played 7
= Magnus Alvarsson Courses Played 7
8 Eric Chen Courses Played 6
= Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 6
10 Scarlett Courses Played 5