Aside from boasting an impressive Amateur resume, Donald Steel is a respected golf writer and historian who started in the design business in 1965 with Frank Pennink. Steel subsequently established his own practice and has since famously consulted at all of the British Open championship venues. He has also designed a number of new golf courses from scratch.
Referred to in some circles as the Open Doctor, Steel unfortunately hasn’t mastered the art of design as successfully as his general golf resume would have suggested. His work at places like Royal Aberdeen, Chantilly in France, Royal Birkdale and Redtail in Canada proves there is a big difference between writing about quality golf holes and actually designing them. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews appear smitten by Steel’s work, and he will no doubt continue to accumulate design projects on the back of that association.
For an independent appraisal of his suitability for your specific golf development or for general design advice please contact Global Golf Group.