John Darby was the real estate brains who conceived and created such projects in New Zealand as the Clearwater Resort in Christchurch and Jack's Point near Queenstown. Darby designed Jack's Point himself and the Clearwater course with help from Sir Bob Charles. He also designed The Hills Golf Club for Sir Michael Hill a short drive outside Queenstown.
John Darby's business is not solely focused on golf, as his company works on a variety of development projects. He was involved from a development perspective in the Tom Doak project at Tara Iti on the North Island.