Arnold Palmer Design Company


To improve the planet and the lives
of the people on it with beautiful,
responsible fields of play

Golf courses of distinction
Each Arnold Palmer Signature brand course is an original work that is the culmination of over 40 years of experience building golf courses of distinction. While the inspiration and leadership of Arnold Palmer is the genesis of our Signature Service, the "How" we work is what makes it special.

Our passion for strategic design, personal commitment to each client and project, hands on approach to design, and our intense focus on important details through each phase of the project, insures our clients that their golf course will be one of a kind.

It's all about the execution–the ability to handpick our creative team of consultants, Master Shapers, Bunker Specialists and gives each course a unique, hand crafted feel. The combination of all these layers lends a depth to our projects that embodies the spirit of Arnold Palmer and makes them worthy of the Arnold Palmer Signature standard.

Tralee, Ireland
Ron Whitten recently wrote that "most of the best new golf courses in the USA will be built on top of old ones" and we couldn't agree more. The best land adjacent densely populated urban centers has already been claimed for golf. While achieving the developer's initial goals of maximizing real estate values these courses tend to fall flat when it comes to playability and strategy. These courses have also suffered from the transformative effects of time rendering many of the original design features ineffective and turf conditions less than ideal.

At APDC, we are particularly skilled at reinventing the golf experience by focusing on the things that matter. Our overriding goal for any remodel project is to position it for long term success. For a club to compete for new members there must be a noticeable difference in the appearance of the course after the remodel. Variety and strategic interest are also paramount in keeping golfers interested in playing as much as possible. Lowering maintenance costs while maintaining impeccable playing surfaces is also within reach with good architecture. Please take a look at our most recent remodel work to discover the APDC difference.
Spring Island, SC
Restoration & Consulting
As students of golf course architecture, we savor the opportunity study the aspects that make each course an original work of art. From time to time we have the distinct privilege of curating the work of another architect. From a national treasure like Pebble Beach Golf Links to storied clubs like Oakmont and Cherry Hills, APDC has faithfully restored the swagger to a number of classic courses.

A successful restoration begins with a deep understanding of the history of the course and its original architect. Through careful study of previous drawings, plans and photographs paired with insight from the club's membership, to highlight the proposed scope of work. Once the master plan is approved, construction begins and the architects at APDC are on the ground to insure a successful project.

We pride ourselves on being a boutique firm with a hands-on approach
Additional Offerings
As a complement to our design services the Arnold Palmer Design Company will help our clients developments succeed on many levels. Through trusted alliances and partnerships, the Arnold Palmer Design Company can offer clients, developers and investors a select level of service that leverages the trusted Golf Course Architecture Brand and reaches beyond the fairways to assist with other facets of their development. From Project Team/Specialty Consultant Assembly, Construction Management, Golf Course & Facility Management/Consultation, Branded Real Estate, Hospitality/Lifestyle to Resort/Spa and other recreational amenities, our trusted team, under one umbrella, can help better serve all of your development needs.
APDC has created hundreds of successful golf courses and award-winning projects around the world, in 37 U.S. States and in 25 countries so far. We built the first golf course in modern China and we've continued to
follow Mr. Palmer's approach to designing and building successful, respected, responsible courses in any environment around the world.

Along with this legacy we bring one of the most trusted names in golf—Arnold Palmer—to every project, and we bring the expectations of quality and character that come with it. Operating within the Arnold Palmer family
of brands, which includes Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Arnold Palmer Enterprises and more, APDC has a wide network of contacts and in-house expertise that informs our appreciation and understanding not just of course design
and construction, but also course and club operation, merchandising and marketing, and so much more.

Arnold Palmer's name on your project is a mark of excellence, but it also means you're part of a bigger story, one that's guided by the principles of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation and its mission to help secure the future for the next generation.

Our job at APDC is to build the finest golf projects possible, but our greater
purpose is to improve the planet and the lives of the people on it with beautiful, responsible fields of play. We look forward to doing that with you, and to turning your vision into a reality that will endure for generations,
serving those seeking to play their best games on the best courses possible.