Designer Profile – Stan Eby

‘Modest’, ‘Dedicated’, ‘Perfectionist’ are all words that describe EGD’s Stan Eby. Known almost as much for his moustache and pony tail as for the quality of his work Stan is the man behind some outstanding golf courses.

A graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture, Stan began his golf design career working for the Chicago based firm of Golf Course Architect Dick Nugent (Past President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects). He joined European Golf Design in 1992. His Professional credentials included professional registration of the United States National Landscape Architecture Licensing Board and continuing education certificates in Project Management and Construction Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

PGA de Catalunya in Spain was designed by Stan in association with Neil Coles & Angel Gallardo. The course is recognised as one of the top 100 golf courses in the world not only by the golfing press but also by amatuers and pro’s alike. Golf Monthly recently named PGA de Catalunya No. 3 in ‘Top 20 European Courses’. Shortly after the course opened in 1999 Golf World awarded it the “Best New Course in Europe”. The course rapidly created an impression and was rewarded by hosting the Sarazen World Open and Spanish Open. This year the Open de Espana on the European Tour will visit the course at the end of April.

At Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Stan worked with Thomas Bjorn to redesign the course and transform it into a golfers’ paradise. The following year Golf World named the course one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World”.

In association with Nick Faldo, Stan designed the Faldo Course at Sporting Club Berlin. The course opened in the summer of 1996 and played host to the German Open in 1998 and 1999. The course was complimented by many Tour players and Golf World voted it “Best New Course in Europe” in November 2007. Stan went on to design the third course at Sporting Club Berlin and no higher acclaim could be paid to his efforts than when the course was named ‘The Eby Course’.

At Portmarnock Links in Ireland, Stan worked alongside Bernhard Langer. The course is nestled in coastal duneland and was designed in the true tradition of links golf with rolling fairway and unforgiving rough. In 2008 the course hosted the Ladies Irish Open. Golf World has said of the course “it’s tough and uncompromising into the prevailing wind, tricky when the wind is at your back – everything a links course should be”.

With design partner Colin Montgomerie, Stan designed the Montgomerie Course at Carton House. The inland link pays tribute to the traditions of the game with sweeping fairways, cavernous bunkers and impeccable greens and has become a ‘must play’ for golfing enthusiasts.

It has received many top awards including:

– ‘Best Course of 2006’ by the readers of Golf Punk Magazine

– Joint winner of prestigious ‘Committed to Green Award’

– ‘Best New Design of the Year 2004’ Award – Golf World, January 2005

– Ranked 10th in Ireland by US Golfers Digest magazine – April 2005

– Home to the 2005 & 2006 Nissan Irish Open

– Home to the 2004 AIB Irish Amateur Open Championship

Stan’s most recent work is Euphoria Golf Estate Hydro in South Africa which was designed in association with Annika Sorenstam. Set in the beautiful Waterberg mountain range the course has been designed with a serious commitment to the preservation of the indigenous fauna and flora. Already the course has been awarded a Compleat Golfer 5-Star Golf Experience.

Stan’s Favourite things:

Sound: Silence

Colour: Shades of grey

Art: The world of Walt Disney

Golf Course: Whatever is on the drawing board

Book: (latest) Team of Rivals

Movie: Das Boot

Food: Cajun

City: Chicago

Drink: What’s on offer?

Place: ‘In the sun’

Gadget: The delete button

Quote: “I CAN ONLY PLEASE ONE PERSON A DAY AND TODAY AIN’T YOUR DAY (Tomorrow Ain’t Lookin Too Good Either)” Anonymous

Music: The Band

  • Stan on a walk across Chobham Common close to the office
  • Stan with Colin Montgomerie during construction at The Montgomerie Course, Carton House, Ireland
  • Stan at his drawing board in Sunningdale
  • Stan with Annika Sorenstam during a press conference at Euphoria Golf Estaste Hydro in South Africa