Doug’s passion for designing golf courses began at an early age through his immersion in the game, initially as a caddie and later as an accomplished competitive golfer. His interest in the game also led him to gain experience in other facets of golf, including golf course maintenance and ultimately in golf course design. Upon graduating in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, Doug gained valuable experience working for two reputable landscape architecture firms before establishing his own business.
Doug’s formative years as a landscape and golf course architect provided him with a solid foundation in large scale land planning, theme park design 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. Since establishing Carrick Design Inc. in 1985, Doug has designed and remodeled more than 80 golf courses world - wide.
His range of experience includes a wide variety of golf / residential communities, golf resorts, exclusive private clubs and pay as you play courses. Many of Doug’s designs have been recognized with design awards from several of golf’s most respected publications. He has also been published in a number of 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.