David Williams Golf Design


David Williams Golf Design offers a complete integrated solution to golf design projects. With over 25 years’ experience in golf course design, the practice has been involved in over 200 completed projects, with direct involvement in over 30 new 18 hole courses in Britain and throughout Europe.

The practice undertakes work generally in the name of its principal, David Williams, who has built 20 new golf courses in his name during the last 15 years. He also serves as Consultant Golf Course Architect to PGA European Tour Chairman and leading British golfer Neil Coles, in his golf design practice, Neil Coles & Associates as well as collaborating with leading professionals in their design companies.

In addition to the Top Ten courses listed, DWGD have also been responsible for:

North Weald Golf Club, Harlow, Essex, England

  • 6265 yards, Par 72, Opened 1996

A Barrelfield Golf Network development in open Essex countryside, new lakes and extensive tree planting add greatly to the strategic value of this excellent parkland course.

The Kingfisher Course, Manning’s Heath GC, Sussex, England

  • 6305 yards, Par 70, Opened 1996

In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the course is designed as a traditional British golf course “laid gently on the landscape” with little earthmoving and, unusually for a modern course, no water hazards.

Reigate Hill Golf Club, Reigate, Surrey, England

  • 6155 yards, Par 72, Opened 1995

Most of the course is flat mature parkland, with holes around an existing lake with greens close to the water.   Early holes play along a ridge, giving views over the course and surrounding countryside.

Mid-Sussex Golf Club, near Brighton, West Sussex, England

  • 6230 yards, Par 72, Opened 1995

A pleasant parkland course situated in the village of Ditchling, nestled under the South Downs, the course features undulating greens, well positioned bunkering and other hazards.

Castle Royal Golf Club, Knowl Hill, Berkshire, England

  • In association with Neil Coles & Associates
  • 6785 yards, Par 72, Opened 1994

A testing course, especially when played off the back tees, it regularly hosts events on the PGA Seniors Tour.   Five new lakes and extensive bunkering make this a considerable test to golfers of all standards.

Woolston Manor Golf Club, Loughton, Essex, England

  • In association with Neil Coles & Associates
  • 6435 yards, Par 72, Opened 1994

Previously known as Epping Forest Golf & Country Club, a parkland course running through a mature landscape either side of the River Roding.   The course includes four new lakes which affect play, as well as extensive bunkering and testing greens.

Clandon Regis Golf Club, Guildford, Surrey, England

  • 6412 yards, Par 72,  Opened 1994

A parkland course laid out through the Clandon Regis Estate, the home of PGA Southern Region.   The PGA Southern Championships were held on the course in 1995 and 1996, as well as the Assistants Trophy.

Broke Hill Golf Club, Orpington, Kent, England

  • 6420 yards, Par 72, Opened 1993

Constructed on a former fruit farm, many holes wind their way through retained orchards.   Generally flat, the course has gained a reputation for the excellence of its fairways and greens.

Chartham Park Golf Club, East Grinstead, Surrey, England

  • In association with Neil Coles & Associates
  • 6700 yards, Par 72, Opened 1992

An excellent parkland golf course gaining rapidly in reputation since its opening, the course is generally considered one of the finest new courses in the south-east, with mature trees, lakes and streams.

Five Lakes Golf & Country Club, Maldon, Essex, England

  • In association with Neil Coles & Associates
  • 6855 yards, Par 72, Opened 1992

Used regularly for the Pre-Qualifier for the PGA European Tour Qualifying School, the Championship length parkland course hosts many professional events and has gained a wide reputation.

Nine Hole Courses Designed Include:

Godstone Golf Club, Godstone, Surrey, England

  • 3100 yards, Par 36, Opened 2005

A parkland layout, built in the grounds of Streete Court School, the course is owned by Altonwood Limited, for whom DWGD has built two neighbouring 18 hole courses.

Sealand Golf Centre, Chester, England

  • 965 yards, Par 27, Opened 2004

A par 3 course, built on ideal sandy subsoil, on the edge of the historic city of Chester, the layout is a good test for beginner and experienced player alike.

Duke’s Meadow’s golf Club, Chiswick, Middlesex, England

  • Par 3 course, Opened 1996

High quality, high specification par 3 course, with holes ranging from 100-150 yards in length, the USGA specification greens are equal, if not better, in quality to many well known courses of the region.

Rustington Golf Centre, Worthing, west Sussex, England

  • 2886 yards, Par 35, Opened 1996

A 9 hole layout, built around a Driving Range, alternative tees are provided for the back nine to offer a different challenge the second time around.   Extensive new planting separates the holes.

Golf Club de Liege–Bernalmont, Liege, Belgium

  • 2653 metres, Par 35, Opened 1993

Built for Golfing Eagles, the three closing holes play in established parkland in front of the old mansion house, whilst the opening six holes are on more open land overlooking the city of Liege.

Ieper Golf Club, Ieper/Ypres, Belgium

  • 2098 metres, Par 32, Opened 1989

Built for Golfing Eagles, the 9 hole layout surrounds a full-length Driving Range. Alternative tees are provided to give a different challenge for the back nine holes, and extensive tree planting separates the holes.

The Top Ten

With over thirty new  golf courses opened in the last 20 years; here we present the ten most recent. For details of further projects we’ve completed, see written section (to left) or please contact us.

PGA Golf Catalunya

  • PGA Golf CatalunyaIn association with Neil Coles & Angel Gallardo
  • Girona, Catalunya, Spain
  • Stadium Course – 7175 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1995)
  • Tour Course – 6575 yards, Par 72 (Opened 2005)

Two magnificent and dramatic courses, with the Stadium Course – host of the 2000 and 2009 Spanish Opens – being voted the 3rd best course in continental Europe in a recent Golf Monthly poll.  Both courses are regular hosts of the European Final Qualifying School.

Archerfield Links

  • Archerfield LinksIn association with David J Russell
  • Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland
  • Fidra Links – 7200 yards, Par 72 (Opened 2004)
  • Dirleton Links – 7000 yards, Par 72 (Opened 2005)

A dramatic new 36 hole development, centred around the historic Archerfield House, and lying between the acclaimed Muirfield and North Berwick courses.

Caversham Heath Golf Club

  • Caversham Heath Golf ClubReading, Berkshire, England
  • 7125 yards, Par 73 (Opened 2000)

A Championship length heathland course laid out on the historic Mapledurham Estate, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it only gained planning consent after a Public Inquiry.

Surrey National Golf Club

  • Surrey National Golf ClubCaterham, Surrey, England
  • 6858 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1999)

Previously known as Happy Valley GC, a dramatic Championship length course built at the confluence of two valleys, the layout has been described as one of the best within the M25 London Orbital Motorway.

The Priestman Course, Slaley Hall Golf Club

  • The Priestman Course, Slaley Hall Golf ClubIn association with Neil Coles & Associates Ltd
  • Hexham, Northumberland, England
  • 7010 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1998)

A Championship length course in a more open landscape than the earlier Hunting course, the course has already hosted an event on the European Seniors Tour. Now part of the de Vere Hotel group.

Merrist Wood Golf Club

  • Merrist Wood Golf ClubWorplesdon, Guildford, Surrey, England
  • 6900 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1997)

Constructed in the grounds of Merrist Wood College, the testing Championship length parkland course was voted in the UK’s Top Ten New Courses built in the 1990s by Golf World magazine.

Westerham Golf Club

  • Westerham Golf ClubWesterham, Kent, England
  • 6305 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1996)

Built through Valence Wood having nine holes generally through woodland, the other nine holes in the open areas have been enhanced by four new lakes, dramatic greens and extensive new planting.

Karsten Lakes Course, Gainsborough Golf Club

  • Karsten Lakes Course, Gainsborough Golf ClubIn association with Neil Coles & Associates Ltd
  • Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
  • 6900 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1997)

A Championship length parkland course, built especially for Karsten Solheim, the founder of Ping Golf Clubs, whose UK base is only yards from the course, it has already hosted many professional events.

Kingshill Golf Club

  • Kingshill Golf ClubWest Malling, Kent, England
  • 6655 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1996)

Part of a 650 acre Business Park development, the course winds along south facing slopes through a magnificent mature landscape. Constructed for American developers Rouse and Kent County Council.

Chateau De Preisch Golf Club

  • Chateau De Preisch Golf ClubIn association with Neil Coles & Associates Ltd
  • Thionville, France
  • 6990 yards, Par 72 (Opened 1996)

Voted No.1 new course in France in 1997, this Championship layout was built partly through beechwoods and partly through more open land, where new lakes have been built to add to the drama.