Design Team

Carrick Design employs a small staff of skilled professional golf course architects that are fully committed to the design and development of high quality golf courses. Our designers combine their formal training in landscape architecture with an intimate knowledge and passion for the game of golf to produce golf course designs of timeless elegance, beauty and challenge. Each of our professionals are experienced in all aspects of computer aided design, working drawing production, specification writing, contract administration and site supervision

Douglas Carrick BLA, OALA, Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects

Since establishing Carrick Design Inc. in 1985, Doug has been involved in the planning, design and remodeling of more than 80 golf courses world - wide. His vast range of experience includes a wide variety of golf / residential communities, golf resorts, exclusive private clubs and pay as you play courses. Doug is also adept at dealing with the unique challenges posed by numerous different settings and landscapes including: flat barren land, mountain terrain, rocky terrain, poorly drained sites, heavily forested land and environmentally sensitive sites.

Doug’s formative years as a landscape and golf course architect provided him with a solid foundation in large scale land planning projects and traditional landscape architecture. He also apprenticed under the guidance of C.E. “Robbie” Robinson, one of Canada’s most respected golf course architects, who schooled Doug in the classic design principles of the renowned Stanley Thompson.

Many of Doug’s designs have been recognised with numerous design awards from several of golf’s most respected publications. He has also been published in numerous trade publications and invited to speak at a variety of professional conferences.

Doug has also served the profession through the American Society of Golf Course Architects serving on various Committees and Boards including: the Environmental Committee, the Board of Governors, the Executive Committee and as President of the ASGCA in 2010.

Steve Vanderploeg BLA

Steve Vanderploeg joined Carrick Design in 1997. During his time with the firm he has been intimately involved in all aspects of the practice including conceptual design, detailed design, computer aided design and rendering, working drawing production, specification writing, irrigation design, contract administration and site supervision.

As an avid golfer since his youth, Steve has combined his love of the game with a deep passion for the landscape, in becoming a golf course architect. His profound understanding of the game of golf and the environment contribute to his synergistic approach to design.