Raymond Hearn, President and Founder

Condensed Professional Biography

Photo of Raymond Hearn "I never want anyone to look at a golf course and say ‘There's a Ray Hearn designed course.' My goal is that each golf course maintain its own identity and remain true to the characteristics of the land it is built upon and the tenants important to its owner."

Creative ideas blended into unique natural beauty are hallmarks of Ray Hearn's golf course design philosophy. His ability to communicate his knowledge and his utter willingness to understand needs of the client result in a satisfying building experience. The permanent evidence: a pleasurable, memorable experience for the eventual players of the golf course.

Hearn's superb ability to join his clients in creating award-winning golf courses is due to his absolute attention to detail and budget, and his extensive, comprehensive experience in the design process literally from the ground up. His reputation and handiwork are becoming visible all over the world.


Ray teeing off at Pebble Beach #7

Raymond Hearn's Credentials:

Winner of the Evans Scholarship from the
Western Golf Association in 1979.

Earned two bachelor degrees in Turfgrass Science and Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University, graduating with honors.

Served as assistant superintendent at the Country Club of Detroit (Top 100 Rating, Colt & Alison Design 1983-1985).

Assisted in launch of the MSU/USGA Turfgrass Information Database.

College Golf Instructor, Lansing Community College, 1985-1988.

Licensed in Landscape Architecture, 1993 to present.

Joined the firm of Matthews and Associates, PC in 1986 and became a senior designer for the firm, responsible for key operations: design, review and supervision of projects, budgeting and personnel management.

Assisted Mich. DEQ in creating (BMP) Best Management Practices for Golf Course and the National Environment

Member of ASGCA, USGA, MTF, GCSAA, NGF, MGCOA

Guest lecturer, Penn State University, Michigan State University, PGA, GAM, MRA

Hearn's designs have won acclaim through awards from Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.

Designs have been featured in Golf Digest, Golf magazine, Golfweek, Links, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit News, Michigan Golfer, Golf Chicago, Chicagoland Golfer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oklahoma Tribune, ABC News and more.

Ray was honored in Links Magazine by being selected for the prestigious Architect’s Spotlight.

 After extensive study abroad, Hearn became instructor of a nationally acclaimed design class, "Golf Course Architecture in the British Isles", held on location in Great Britain.

In 1996, Hearn founded Raymond Hearn Golf Designs, Inc.

 Raymond Hearn is a member of the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects.


Ray at one of the world’s highest ranked golf venues
Royal County Down GC in Ireland


Ray crossing famous Swilican Bridge
#18 at St. Andrews Old Course

Raymond Hearn Projects
(completed & In Process)

Giang Dien Park Golf Resort, Dong Nai, Vietnam
Doomi Country Club, Doomi, South Korea
Egg Island Golf Club, North Eleuthra, Bahamas
Fort Hall Golf Club, Fort Hall, Idaho
Slovkova Golf Club, Moscow, Russia
Domaine de Lavagnac Golf Club, Languedoc, France
Links at Mystic Pines, Buffalo, New York
Porta Marina Resort & Golf Club, El Alameen, Egypt
Franklin Golf Club, Franklin, Connecticut
Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, Illinois
Roseland Golf & Curling Club, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Macatawa Legends Golf Club, Holland, Michigan
Edgewood Golf Club, Auburn, Illinois
Yarrow Golf Club, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Petoskey Bay View Country Club, Petoskey, Michigan
Sea Oaks Country Club, Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Moon Brook Country Club, Jamestown, New York
Crystal Mountain Resort Golf Course
Mill Creek Golf Club, Rochester, New York
Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak, Michigan
Hemlock Golf Club, Ludington, Michigan
Orchard Lake Country Club, Orchard Lake, Michigan
The Grande Golf Club, Jackson, Michigan
Royal Scot Golf Club, Lansing, Michigan
Fox Hills Country Club, Plymouth, Michigan
Tam O Shanter Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Moose Ridge Golf Club, South Lyon, Michigan
Quail Ridge Golf Club, Ada, Michigan
The Traditions of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mistwood Golf Course, Romeoville, Illinois
Twin Lakes Golf Club, Rochester, Michigan
Groesbeck Golf Course, Lansing, Michigan
McKray Memorial Golf Club,Barrington, Illinois
Country Club of Lansing, Lansing, Michigan
Flint Golf Club, Flint, Michigan
Traditions of Golf, Edmond, Oklahoma
Edgewood Golf Club, Springfield, Illinois
Watermark Golf Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bent Oak Golf Club, Elkhart, Indiana
Washtenaw Country Club, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Moon Brook Golf Club, Jamestown, New York
Springfield Oaks Golf Club, Oakland County, Michigan
Betsie Valley Golf Course, Thompsonville, Michigan
Century Golf Club, Purchase, New York
Westwynd Golf Club, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Orchard Lake Country Club, Orchard Lake, Michigan
Great Oaks Country Club, Rochester, Michigan
The Majestic at Lake Walden, Hartland, Michigan
Mistwood Golf Course, Lake Ann, Michigan
The Woodlands of Van Buren, Van Buren Township, Michigan
The Natural, Gaylord, Michigan
Eagle Glen Golf Course, Farwell, Michigan


Ray standing in front of the famed
Hole #16 at Cypress Point Club