American Society of Golf Course Architects

Member Profile
W. Matthews
W. Bruce Matthews
Phone: 517 881-7346
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PO Box 382
Okemos, MI 48805-0382
Michigan State University, B.S. Agronomy (1975)

Bruce Matthews has spent his life immersed in the golf world, and his golf course designs reflect the lessons and experiences he has gained through this constant exposure. Bruce's father managed a golf club near Lake Michigan, and so Bruce's career in golf began at a young age, consisting of tasks like cleaning clubs, sweeping and cleaning, and grounds crew work. As a child, Bruce also shadowed his grandfather on trips to courses his granddad was building, which sparked his interest in golf course architecture.

Today, Bruce is widely recognized for his ability to design upscale golf courses for an affordable price. He credits much of his success to the skills his family taught him, such as the ability to communicate technical knowledge in layman's terms; to "read the land" (topography and vegetation); or to work a site's history into the game.

Bruce believes proper routing is the foundation for success, and thus utilizes a site's natural landforms to create strategy, produce an aesthetically pleasing layout, and make a course economical and easy to maintain. Under this philosophy, Bruce has designed more than 45 new courses and has renovated more than 60 since 1991.

Select Course Portfolio
  • Hidden River Golf & Casting Club
    Brutus, Mich.

  • Emerald Vale Golf Club
    Manton, Mich.

  • Angels Crossing Golf Club
    Vicksburg, Mich.

  • Seven Lakes Golf Club
    Windsor, ON, Canada

  • Beeches Golf Club
    South Haven, Mich.
  Remodeled/Renovated Courses
  • Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club
    Grosse Ile, Mich.

  • Cascade Hills Country Club
    Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • Spring Lake Country Club
    Spring Lake, Mich.

  • Mercer County Elks Club
    Celina, Ohio

  • Country Club of Lansing
    Lansing, Mich.