• We are European Golf Design, a team of experienced people set out to make the future happen

MEET THE TEAM

The core of the company has been the same since its existence but it has evolved and grown. Our passion and demand for excellence is backed up by years of technical and hands-on experience.

Jeremy Slessor

Managing Director

Jeremy Slessor

Jeremy has been involved in the golf course business since 1976. In that time, he has worked throughout Europe, the United States and Africa.

Prior to graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Turf Management Jeremy spent time as a Course Manager in the UK. After graduating, he worked for the design company of Robert Trent Jones Sr, first as a construction manager, following which he became a Design Associate and Senior Projects Coordinator. Based predominantly in the US, Jeremy was involved in the largest single golf course design project in history – the Alabama State Retirement Fund commissioned Robert Trent Jones to design and construct 18 golf courses under one contract. During his time with the company, Jeremy was also responsible for the company’s European Operations based in Spain. In addition to his design function, he specialised in construction management and logistics.

Jeremy joined European Golf Design in 1994, becoming Managing Director two years later. In addition to overseeing the successful day-to-day operation of the Company, his specific responsibilities include meeting with potential and existing clients, assisting in the initial analysis of projects and then overseeing the Company’s services for each of its projects. Given the wide geographic range of the Company’s business and the equally wide range of clients for whom the Company is working, Jeremy is acutely aware of current trends as they relate to golf resort development, together with the technical, financial and practical issues that result. Jeremy is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars as well as a regular contributor to magazines and periodicals.

Ross McMurray

Designer

Ross McMurray
A graduate in Landscape Design, from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Ross began his career in the golf course architectural practice of Cotton, Pennink and Partners. He joined IMG Design in 1990, and the company became European Golf Design two years later.

Ross has designed golf courses throughout Europe and was responsible for the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales, which hosted the 2010 Ryder Cup. In the U.K. he was lead designer on The Marquess Course at Woburn Golf & Country Club, which was named as the Best New Course in England in 2002 by Golf World magazine, and three new courses for the Marriot Hotel group; Worsley Park, Manchester, Hollins Hall, Bradford and Sprowston Manor, Norwich.

Ross has worked extensively with some of Europe’s finest golfers. With Bernhard Langer he created The Dunes Course at Costa Navarino in Greece, as well as Panoramica Golf & Country Club in Spain and Schloss Nippenburg in Germany.

Working with Colin Montgomerie, Ross was responsible for The Dutch, a new tournament course in Holland, Rowallan Castle Golf Course in Scotland and The Montgomerie at Celtic Manor.

Other courses designed by Ross include Ribagolfe 1 and 2 near Lisbon, The Sandy Lyle and West Courses at Schloss Wilkendorf, Germany, and The Scandanavian Course at Fleesensee, Germany.

In addition, Ross McMurray has undertaken major redevelopments at several established golf courses, including The Old Course at St. Pierre, Wales and The East Course at Dalmahoy, Scotland.

Ross is a Senior Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects where he currently sits on the EIGCA Council in his role as Chairman of the PR Committee.

Gary Johnston

Designer

Gary Johnston
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Turfgrass Science, Gary worked in the golf course maintenance and construction industries in both the UK and USA.

Gary then went on to complete a Masters degree from Heriot-Watt University in 2003. Having worked for EGD briefly prior to attending Heriot-Watt Gary returned to the company in 2003. As a designer he is directly responsible for producing the golf course designs, construction drawings, specifications, and on-site inspection during construction.

Working with Ian Woosnam Gary has designed both of EGD’s golf courses in Bulgaria, Pirin Country Club and Lighthouse Golf Resort as well as the soon to open Irie Fields course at Kittitian Hill in St Kitts. Gary has also collaborated with Colin Montgomerie on the design of The Montgomerie Maxx Royal that regularly hosts the Turkish Open and The Montgomerie Marrakech which opened in 2014.

Gary also carried out the redesign work at the Wynyard Golf Club in preparation for the Seve Trophy which the Club hosted in 2005 and the renovation work at Prince’s Golf Club in Kent ahead of the 2011 Open Championship Qualifying and British Amateur Championship in 2013.

Currently Gary is working on the new Dubai Hills Golf Course that is under construction and will form part of the first phase of the new Mohammed Bin Rashid City when it Opens for play in 2016.

Gary is an Associate Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and having previously chaired the Education Board is now involved with their PR Committee.

Robin Hiseman

Designer

Robin Hiseman

Robin graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture. He started his design career with Hawtree, where for over four years he worked on many projects throughout the UK and Europe.

He set up his own Scottish based design practice in 1996 and in the following eight years established a notable client base including completed design work for illustrious Scottish golf clubs such as Royal Dornoch, Montrose Links, Boat of Garten, Nairn Dunbar and Deeside. Robin also completed a new course within the Arctic circle, at BodØ in Norway.

Joining European Golf Design in late 2004, Robin immediately took the lead architect role for the 18-hole course at Casa Serena in the Czech Republic, which is a regular venue on the European Seniors Tour. Robin also designed and supervised the construction of the 27-hole desert golf course at The Royal Golf Club, Bahrain, in association with Colin Montgomerie. This course debuted on the European Tour in 2011 with the prestigious Volvo Golf Champions, won by Paul Casey.

He designed Spain’s candidate course for the 2018 Ryder Cup and continues the association with Colin Montgomerie with the design of Plage des Nations, in Morocco, which is currently under construction. Most recently, Robin is the designer for the proposed new course for JCB at Woodseat Hall, adjoining their World Headquarters in Staffordshire, England.

Robin is an Associate of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Dave Sampson

Designer

At the end of 2002, Dave graduated from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Architecture and Building Arts.

After moving back to the UK in early 2003 he spent six months working as the cricket analyst for Surrey County Cricket Club, prior to joining a London based architectural firm as a Design Associate, where he was involved in design detailing, production of working drawings, and project facilitation.

In 2002, Dave was the successful winner of the Golf World Design-A-Hole Competition, which led to him joining European Golf Design as a Design Associate in late 2004.

In 2008, he was promoted to the position of Designer, and is now directly responsible for project designs, management, supervision and on-site construction inspections.

Dave was the lead designer on the recently opened tournament course at Zavidovo PGA National Russia, a course which won the 2011 Best New design in Russia award, and was also a finalist in Golf Inc’s 2012 Best New Course in the World.

Back in 2013, he also completed and oversaw design and construction works on the redevelopment of the Evian Resort golf course, France, in preparation for The Evian Championship, the new 5th major on the LPGA tour. In association with the golf club & the LPGA, Dave is currently involved in advising & overseeing continual annual improvements.

In 2009, Dave completed design works on the Safaa Golf Couse at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. His other project in the region, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City, has recently won awards for, ‘Best in Saudi Arabia’, ‘Best in Arabia’ & ‘Best International’ Leisure Development 2016-2017’ at the prestigious International Property Awards, and will open for play in September 2017

A Senior Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects, Dave is presently working on design projects in the UK, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, and France.

Alex Hay

Design Associate

Alex Hay
Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies in 2004. Whilst travelling in 2005, he worked at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney as a groundsman; it was during his time here that he set his sights on a career in Golf Course Design. On returning to the UK he worked for a golf course simulation company before joining EGD in October 2007 as a CAD operator.

Matt Sturt

IT Manager

Matt Sturt

Matt is a Microsoft MCSA/MCSE, A+, NETWORK+ and Cisco CCNA qualified, he has nearly 20 years computer experience, specifically CAD and Graphics.

Matt began his career at a consulting engineers/architects practice at the end of the 80’s, the company was one of the first in the industry to fully embrace CAD and Earth Modelling software, Matt went on to head the department.

After a time in Malaysia Matt joined European Golf Design in 1995. He gained Microsoft and Cisco accreditation and went to work as a Systems Engineer for a large Telecoms company.

He later rejoined European Golf Design and is now responsible for all things IT.

As well as producing tournament graphics for the European Tour Matt also designs and maintains some of IMG’s leading golf client websites.

Shara Reedman

Accounts

Shara Reedman
Shara joined the company in February 2002 having spent the previous 12 years as an Education Senior Adminstrative Officer with Surrey County Council.

Her financial experiences are now being put to use in her role as Accountant with European Golf Design.

Rupert Hampel

Director

Rupert Hampel qualified as a lawyer in 1988 and immediately joined IMG. He transferred into TWI, IMG’s TV division, in early 1990 to assist in the development of the European Tour’s TV business which was formalised as European Tour Productions (ETP) in 1992. He joined the Board of ETP in 1994 and was appointed Joint Managing Director in 2000. He is also responsible for managing the international television business of The Open Championship on behalf of The R&A. Rupert joined the EGD Board in 2005.

Russell Hannah

Director

Responsible for IMG’s Golf Course Services properties in Europe and Africa, Russell’s remit from London covers the planning advisory, consulting, golf operations and new business development for IMG’s strategic partners. IMG’s Golf Course Services Group specialises in providing a fully integrated service to clients in the planning, design, construction, supervision,  marketing and management of golf developments and concepts throughout the world.A PGA Class AA Professional, Russell has over 15 years of experience in luxury golf resort operations having spent 10 years with Starwood Hotels at the iconic Turnberry Resort in Scotland before moving to Mauritius as General Manager of the golf course at the world-famous Le Touessrok resort.

Keith Waters

Director

Keith Waters joined the European Tour’s administration in 1995 and became Director of International Policy in 1999.  In 2010 he moved on to become Chief Operating Officer.  Currently, he sits on the board of the Official World Golf Ranking and European Tour Productions.

Keith started as an amateur golfer and represented England and GB Youths.  In 1978 he turned professional and gained his Tour card at the Qualifying School.

During his 17 years as a Tour professional he won the News of the World Under 23 title in 1980 and in 1991 beating the then World Number One, Nick Price, in a play-off for the Zimbabwe Open and tied second behind Seve Ballesteros in the British Masters.

Keith sat as a Member of the Tour’s Tournament Committee from 1985-95 and was a board Member from 1993-1995.

David MacLaren

Director

David became Director of Property and Venue Development for the European Tour in January 2008, when the Tour re-acquired the European Tour Courses brand. For the previous two and a half years, with the brand under the ownership of Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, David was Chief Executive of PGA European Tour Courses, operating as a pan-European network of golf venues. With venues of the quality of Quinta do Lago in Portugal, PGA Golf de Catalunya in Spain and Kungsangen in Sweden, four-time venue of the Scandinavian Masters, European Tour Courses became one of Europe’s largest golf venue owner-operators.

Prior to leading ETC, David spent five years in charge of all aspects of golf for Marriott UK, Europe’s largest hotel golf operator. David’s span of responsibilities included operations, service, human resources, golf course conditioning, capital and new project development, membership, sales, marketing, tournaments and the business performance of fourteen golf venues. David began his career working for Strokesaver Golf Course Guides, having completed a Master of Arts Degree in modern languages at Edinburgh University.

The re-acquisition of the ETC brand in January 2008 opens a new and exciting chapter in venue and real-estate development for the European Tour. Now operating under the European Tour Properties banner, the network currently comprises six European Tour Courses venues and the first European Tour Destination, London Golf Club.

Nic Hayllar

Director

Nick Hayllar
Nic graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in economics and joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a trainee accountant in their business assurance practice. In 2000 Nic qualified as a Chartered Accountant and after a period in PwC’s Corporate Finance team joined IMG as Financial Controller for European Tour Productions (ETP) based in London. As well as financial responsibilities, Nic moved on to oversee operational aspects of ETP and became Head of Finance and Operations in 2010. Nic also worked extensively on the setting up of Asian Tour Media, IMG’s joint venture with the Asian Tour launched in 2010. In 2012 Nic joined IMG Golf as Finance Director and currently looks after all financial matters for the division worldwide, Nic sits on the board of directors of both IMG Singapore and European Golf Design.
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