Schmidt & Curley

Full Name
Lee Eugene Schmidt and Brian Curley
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Year of Birth
1947 and 1959
Place Born
Valparaiso, Indiana and Pebble Beach, California, USA

“I am proud of how we at Schmidt Curley Design, in a small way, have helped grow the game in other parts of the world.” Lee Schmidt “I think that when you can take something that has no business being a golf course and turn it into something that is world-class golf is a huge accomplishment." Brian Curley

Lee Schmidt graduated from the School of Agriculture at Purdue University in 1970 before becoming a design associate for Pete Dye – a fellow Hoosier – where he worked on projects such as Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic during his seven years with the old master.

He then spent over a decade with the Landmark Land Company, heading up the Design and Construction Division which built the Californian resorts of PGA West, La Quinta and Mission Hills. Lee then had a successful 7-year spell as a senior design associate with Nicklaus Design before founding his own company with Brian Curley in 1997.

The Schmidt-Curley Design firm has worked quite a bit in the United States and the neighbouring countries of Canada and Mexico but the vast majority of its output has occurred in China and other Asian countries.

A long standing member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Lee was elected president of that organization in 2014.

Brian Curley went to Pacific Grove High School, where his father was the principal, before studying at the School of Architecture and Environmental Design within California Polytechnic University prior to his graduation in 1982. He began his design career with Landmark Golf Company as a Land Planner, eventually concentrating solely on golf course projects.

He left the company after a few years to work briefly on some international developments with the well-travelled architect Ron Fream and his Golfplan company but he returned to Landmark in 1988 when things didn’t quite pan out as expected.

Over the next decade, Brian was heavily involved in design assignments with both Lee Schmidt (until he left in 1991) and ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Schmidt & Curley

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes

25th Arizona - Best in Area

Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club occupies 320 acres of the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s property in Maricopa. Designed by Fred Couples and the Schmidt-Curley partnership, the layout has hosted Arizona State Amateur Championships and is a US Open qualifying venue.


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Amata Spring

2nd Central Thailand - Best in Area 2nd Thailand Ranking 63rd Asia Ranking

Amata Spring Country Club was the venue for the Royal Trophy between 2006 and 2010 when the European professional team won three of the four events against their eight-man opponents from Asia.


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Bali Hai

20th Nevada - Best in Area

Bali Hai Golf Club is named after the fictional island immortalised by Perry Como’s No.1 single, Some Enchanted Evening, taken from the musical, South Pacific.


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Binhai Lake (Pete Dye)

54th China Ranking

Stretching out along the southern shore of the Huanggang reservoir, an hour’s drive southeast of downtown Tianjin, the Pete Dye course at Binhai Lake Golf Club (fashioned by Schmidt-Curley Design) hosted two editions of the Volvo China Open, in 2012 and 2013.

Canyon River

16th Montana - Best in Area

Located to the east of Missoula, Canyon River Golf Club course is a Lee Schmidt/Brian Curley creation that first opened its doors for play in 2006.


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Chiangmai Highlands

2nd Northern Thailand - Best in Area 13th Thailand Ranking

The Chiangmai Highlands Resort is located in the scenic hills of northwest Thailand. The Schmidt-Curley-designed golf course, which opened for play in 2005, is a shot maker's course, making full use of the rolling ground.


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FLC Quang Binh (Forest Dunes)

22nd Vietnam Ranking

Opened in 2019, Forest Dunes is the first of ten planned courses at FLC’s Quang Binh Resort, all of which will be designed by Brian Curley to rival those he laid out at Mission Hills on Hainan Island.

FLC Quy Nhon (Mountain)

8th Vietnam Ranking 37th Asia Ranking

The Mountain course at FLC Quy Nhon Beach & Golf Resort is built on a sand-based, pine scrub hillside with with wide playing corridors and ocean views from sixteen holes...


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Gassan Legacy

6th Northern Thailand - Best in Area 25th Thailand Ranking

The original course at Gassan Lake City Golf Club (as it was known) opened for play in 2005. A decade later the layout was completely renovated by architect Lee Schmidt and the property was renamed Gassan Legacy Golf Club.


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Katameya Dunes (Lakes)

2nd Egypt Ranking 33rd Africa Ranking

In a remarkable feat of engineering, the imagination of Faldo and technical excellence of Schmidt and Curley transformed a barren and featureless Egyptian desert into a lush golfing oasis called Katameya Dunes...


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Schmidt & Curley Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 15
2 Walter Resch Courses Played 12
3 Mark Fisher Courses Played 10
= Daniel Lin Courses Played 10
5 James Park Courses Played 9
6 Tao Lin Courses Played 8
= Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 8
8 Madhav Courses Played 7
= Kimmo Ekroth Courses Played 7
10 Sang Hyeon Paik Courses Played 6