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Paul’s introduction to golf course architecture began out of curiosity at a young age. Saturday’s during the summer were always the same, wake up at the crack of dawn to be ready to walk alongside his dad during his regular morning round.  When not tending the pin, he would be drawn to how the layout, hazards or landforms would affect each shot while also imagining ways he could alter the holes design.

His curiosity quickly developed into a passion and following high school jobs in golf course operation and maintenance Paul decided to turn his passion into a career by enrolling in the Landscape Architectural Technology program at NAIT followed by the Landscape Architecture Degree program at the University of Idaho.   It was through these studies that he was introduced to many of the classical courses designed by “Golden Age” architects such as James Braid, Stanley Thomson, Charles Blair Macdonald, Alister Mackenzie, George C Thomas, Donald Ross and A.W Tillinghast (among many others) which serve as his design inspiration to this day.

Following schooling, his attention turned to golf course construction where several years in the field taught Paul the value of quality construction while introducing him to the creative art of golf course shaping.  Years later he would accept a position as a Golf Course Architect with Golfplan Associates in Calgary where he spent ten years developing invaluable skills such as tendering, construction drawings, permitting, specifications, etc.   Fast forward to Spring 2018 where, sitting in the clubhouse at Carnoustie, Paul and Bryan decided to combine their years of experience to form Ohnysty Crough Golf Design. 

As lifelong student of the game, Paul remains committed to the refinement of his craft through the study of an extensive collection of golf architecture books, and by gaining design inspiration by visiting different golf courses throughout the world.

Education / Affiliations:

  • Landscape Architectural Technology Diploma Northern Alberta Institute of Technology – 2005

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture University of Idaho – 2007

  • Alberta Association of Landscape Architects - Full Member

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects - Full Member

  • Stanley Thomson Society of Canada -Full Member

  • Alberta Association of Recreational Facility Personnel – Full Member

  • Level 3 First Aid Training – St. Johns Ambulance

Notable Golf Course Shaping Projects:


  • The Derrick Golf and Winter Club, Edmonton, AB

  • Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, AB

  • The Ranch Golf Club, Edmonton, AB

  • Stony Plain Golf Club, Stony Plain, AB

  • Vista Ridge Golf Course, Fort McMurray, AB

  • Belvedere Golf and Country Club, Edmonton, AB

  • Edmonton Country Club, Edmonton, AB

  • Glendale Golf & Country Club, Edmonton, AB

  • Legends Golf Club, Sherwood Park, AB

  • Sturgeon Valley Golf and Country Club, St. Albert

  • Royal Mayfair Golf and Country Club, Edmonton

  • Sherwood Park Golf Club, Sherwood Park, AB

  • Black Mountain Golf Club, Kelowna, BC

Noteable Golf Course Design Projects:


  • The Ranch Golf Club, Edmonton – Design and Implementation of a Complete Bunker Enhancement Program

  • Stony Plain Golf Course - Drainage Improvements and Hole #6 Renovations 

  • Inglewood Golf and Curling Club - Conceptual Options for Hole #19 Development 

  • Stony Plain Rotary Park - Conceptual Design of a 9 Hole Park Golf Course 

  • Sturgeon Valley Golf and Country Club, St. Albert, AB – Design and Project Management of a Six (6) Hole Renovation. *

  • Inglewood Golf and Curling Club, Calgary, AB – Design and Project Management of Three (3) Green Complex Redevelopments. *

  • Lakeview Golf Club, Calgary, AB – Design and Development of Clubhouse Precinct and Cart Path Improvements. *

  • Maple Ridge Golf Course, Calgary, AB – Long Range Master Plan Development. *

  • Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Calgary, AB – Conceptual Design Options for Three-Hole Renovation*

  • Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Calgary, AB – Sod Rehabilitation and Bunker Enhancement Program *

Noteable Landscape Architecture or Sport Field Projects:


  • Shouldice Athletic Park Artificial Turf Restoration, Calgary, AB*

  • Tom Brook Athletic Park – Artificial Turf Field Development, Calgary, AB*

  • Fish Creek Provincial Park Stormwater Ponds, Calgary, AB*

  • Km 47, 54, 64 and 71 Animal Overpass Design and Development, Banff National Park, AB*

  • New Brighton Athletic Park Design, Calgary, AB*

  • Multiple Campground Expansion Designs – Prince Albert National Park, SK*

  • Elisabeth Park Playground – Lacombe, AB*

  • Lethbridge Bark Park Design – Lethbridge, AB*

  • Strathmore Ball Diamonds Conceptual Design, Strathmore, AB*

  • NW Recreation Area Soccer Fields, Lacombe, AB*

  • Mitchener Park Ball Fields, Lacombe, AB*

  • Bold Center Outdoor Sports Fields Design, Lac La Biche, AB*

  • Sherring Rugby/Soccer Centre – Lethbridge, AB*

  • New Brighton Community Ball Diamonds, Calgary, AB*

* Completed as part of Lombard North Group/Golfplan Associates. 

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