his playing career, Raymond Floyd has studied the great golf
courses of the world. His extensive travels, masterful shot-making
and superior strategic skills provide Raymond with a vast
and voluminous knowledge of the qualities that make great
golf courses. Raymond draws on these experiences to create
golf courses with all the benefits of modern golf course
architecture but with a focus on traditional philosophies.
result of this design philosophy, are golf courses that appeal
to all who play them. Whether one prefers older, more traditional
golf courses or newer, more innovative designs, a Raymond
Floyd designed golf course uses elements of both philosophies
in crafting truly unique and original designs. Further, Raymond
believes that the ultimate goal is not just to create quality
golf courses, but also to create value for the client. Raymond’s
image is one of integrity, intensity and excellence.
qualities that made him a winner and Hall of Fame golfer
also have made him
an ideal spokesman for a select group
of prestigious companies such as AT&T, Lexus and Advil.
Raymond brings to each new golf course project the same professionalism
and work ethic that has earned the respect of his corporate
affiliations, fellow competitors and golf course design clients
throughout the world.
“When it comes to golf course development,
I’m a big believer in the ‘Team’ approach.
The goal of producing golf courses that are enjoyable, challenging
and distinctive requires the input from a variety of professionals
and no one person has all of the right ideas.
I see myself as
an integral part of the design ‘Team’ and I like
to get input from the client, my associates, Landscape Architects
and Engineers”. Raymond Floyd
RAYMOND FLOYD: A BIOGRAPHY
Raymond Floyd has established a reputation
as one of golf’s great champions. His credentials
as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame are well known.
Included in his list of accomplishments are:
- Winner of 62 tournaments and more than
$17 million worldwide in his career.
- Fourth youngest player to win on the PGA Tour (at age
- Oldest player, at that time, to win the United States
Open (at age 43);
- Winner of four major championships (1976
Masters, 1986 US Open, 1969 & 1982 PGA Championships);
- Winner of four Senior major championships
(1994 Tradition, 1995 PGA Seniors Championship, 1996 & 2000
Ford Senior Players Championship);
- Only player to win on both the PGA Tour and Champions
Tour in the same year (1992);
- One of two players to win on PGA Tour in four consecutive
decades (tied with Sam Snead);
- One of two players to win on PGA Tour and Champions Tour
in five consecutive decades (tied with Sam Snead);
- Member of eight Ryder Cup teams and captain of the 1989
Ryder Cup team; Assistant captain to Paul Azinger for
the victorious United States team in the 2008 Ryder Cup.
That is only a small part
of the Ray Floyd story. He is a devoted husband and father,
as the PGA of America acknowledged in choosing the Floyds
as the 1994 Golf Family of the Year. Ray and Maria have
been married since 1973 and live in Palm Beach, Florida,
and have three children: son Raymond Jr. works in the investment
banking business, son Robert is pursuing a professional
career in golf and in real estate, and daughter Christina
is an art expert who has worked for major auction houses.
Floyd was born on September 4, 1942, in Fort Bragg, North
Carolina, the son of a career Army man. He was an avid
baseball player (and remains a life-long fan of the Chicago
Cubs) until winning the 1960 National Jaycees Junior title
and deciding to devote his attention exclusively to playing
Tom Watson, captain of the 1993 Ryder Cup team, said he
was looking for "heart and guts" when he picked
Floyd for the team from the ranks of the Senior PGA Tour.
The oldest player ever to compete (four years after serving
as non-playing captain) Floyd scored three points to lead
the United States to a victory over the European team.
When 2008 Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger was looking for
experienced assistants to help him turn the American tide
toward victory, he called on Raymond Floyd and Dave Stockton.
The result was one of the most exciting U.S. wins in Ryder
Raymond Floyd’s credentials as a golf course designer
are equally as impressive as his credentials as a professional
Raymond’s goal is to create
a partnership with each client, and is design approach is simple
- “golf courses should challenge every type of player,
yet remain enjoyable.” By working with the land, not against
it, Raymond and his team seek to create golf holes that have
a truly natural look and that have a variety of challenges and
shot values. Raymond Floyd Design has won numerous golf course
design awards and their golf course designs are frequently featured
in major golf publications.