The Architect

"History may well come to regard Phillips as the inspiration for the 'natural' school of golf course architecture in that his creations give the impression that they have been laying dormant for centuries just waiting to be discovered."

- Golf Management Europe


Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips is a name that has become synonymous with great Links Golf Course architecture around the globe and his designs for Yas Links Abu Dhabi will only serve to enhance that reputation. With more than twenty five years design experience across the world, he has earned a reputation for developing creative design solutions in response to a variety of environmental and planning issues.  Nowhere has this dedication to tradition been better exemplified than the first true Links course in the UAE.

Other examples of Kyle Phillips design philosophy includes:

  • The Gove, London, UK
  • Dundonald - Loch Lomond Golf Club, Troon
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links, St. Andrews

Company Background & Philosophy

Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design is a full service international golf course design firm located in Granite Bay, California.  Established by Kyle Phillips in 1997, the company provides world-class golf course design, golf course construction bid documents, golf course feasibility studies, field design, construction shaping specialist services, as well as renovation and historiacal restoration.

The Kyle Phillips design philosophy stems from the belief that golf courses should have their own character and personality derived from the sites existing natural features, as well as its location and history.  Where natural golf features do not exist, Kyle Phillips Golf Course Desgin has shown an unparalleled ability to create natural appearing landforms.
Kyle Phillips brings his personal commitment to each design, assuring that each client has the opportunity to achieve their full potential and maximize the value of their asset.

New Course Design

The company's ability to design and create top world ranked courses on less than ideal sites is unmatched in the industry.  By creating landforms that appear to have been formed by centuries of nature's influence, Kyle Phillips Golf Course Design has delivered spectacular courses in many different architectural styles, each reflecting the particular local setting.

The firm has developed a reputation for designing links courses, characterized by created sand dune landforms that are indistinguishable from nature At Kingsbarns Golf Links, near St. Andrews, Scotland, Phillips transformed flat farm fields into the highest ranked links course to be built in the modern era.  Only one year after opening in 2000, Kingsbarns launched into the World Top 50 ranking by Golf Magazine.  Kingsbarns also received Golf Digest's Best New International Course Award and has served as host of the Dunhill Links Championship since 2001.  A decade later, the company accomplished what many thought was impossible, creating a World Top 100 links course from a barren desert site.  The result is Yas Links in Abu Dhabi, already ranked #1 in the Middle East, Top 25 among courses outside the United States by Golf Digest, and #70 in the World by Golf World Magazine.

Additional notable new course designs include:  The South Cape Owners Club, in Namhae, South Korea, which opened in 2013 and features spectacular mountain and seaside holes with views of the sea and surrounding islands from all 18 holes.  The Grove, a 300 acre (125 hectare) country estate with a prestigious 5-star hotel & spa near London, which hosted the Top 50 World Ranked players for the 2006 American Express World Golf Championship, won by Tiger Woods; The ultra-exclusive Dundonald Links of Loch Lomond Golf Club, on the west coast of Scotland, where Phillips succeeded in creating a traditional Ayrshire links style course; The Lakes Course and Links Course at the PGA of Sweden National Golf Resort in Malmo, host to the European Tour's Nordea Masters, in 2014; and the East Course and West Course at the luxurious seaside Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Malmo, host to the Eyropean Tour's Nordea Masters, in 2014; and the East Course and West Course at the luxurious seaside Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily, host to the European Tour's, Sicilian Open, in 2012.