Bobby Weed Golf Design’s origins date to the late 1970s, when Bobby began a lifelong apprenticeship and collaboration with Pete Dye. That irreplaceable relationship instilled in Bobby a set of foundational values about building great golf courses in the field – the kind of compelling layouts that stir the soul, sustain the environment and satisfy financial expectations. These values guided the formation of BWGD, the assembly of its team and how it approaches its work today.
January 9, 2020 – A Word On Pete Dye
I first met Pete in the 1970’s at Amelia Island Plantation. That was the start of a 45-year relationship. We built Long Cove together in 1981, and I’ve been building golf courses ever since. I can hardly approve a feature without feeling Pete’s influence. Pete was always ahead of his time. How many golf designers could that be said about? As much of a legacy as his courses will be, the impact he had on those fortunate to work with him may be more enduring. The stories and memories are plentiful but seem insufficient. We all have someone who took hold of us and set us on our life’s path, maybe without our even knowing it. For me, that was Pete. Everything I hold dear in golf took root from my relationship with him. Not bad for someone that lived to be half of 188!
Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects
Member, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Weed’s professional career began with an apprenticeship under Pete Dye in the late 1970s, a relationship that produced a number of notable courses and has stretched for over 35 years and continues today.
In 1983, Weed was hired by the PGA TOUR, where he advanced to become the in-house architect in 1987. From that post, Weed was responsible for the design of many of today’s best known TPC venues, which continue to serve as host sites for prominent TOUR events. Weed was also able to collaborate with a cross-section of noted TOUR players from the golden age to the modern era, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Chi Chi Rodriguez.
In 1994, Weed’s career and experience reached a crescendo with the formation of his own design firm. Today, over 20 years and 50 projects later, he continues to handcraft golf courses in the field, just as Dye first taught him.
Joey Graziani graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in horticulture. Graziani was one of the industry’s first Wadsworth scholars, a joint grant from the Wadsworth Foundation and the ASGCA. The experience influenced thoughts on design, playability and contemporary construction practices. After working in construction with Duininck Golf, Graziani joined Bobby Weed Golf Design in 2018, where he fills a critical field-based role. He performs a variety of design and project management tasks, including having an active, “hands-on” involvement during feature shaping and finish work. Graziani’s project experience with BWGD has included Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club, Grove XXIII, Quail Ridge (South) and Ponte Vedra Inn and Club (Ocean).
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Pate Clarson’s duties include marketing, communications, strategic planning, project management and aiding in the sustained growth of Bobby Weed Golf Design.
He has extensive experience in sports, entertainment, business, hospitality and travel. A third-generation native of Florida, Pate has worked for Billy Casper Golf, Buffalo Agency, NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, NBC Sports, InterContinental Hotels Group and Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa, amongst others.
Pate earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and a University of Florida MBA.
Business Manager – Emeritus
Matthews’s association with Bobby Weed began in 1986 while maintaining the books for Bobby’s golf course-related companies. In 1996, Matthews became the full-time business manager for Bobby Weed Golf Design, Inc. bringing 30 plus years of accounting and managerial experience to the company. Matthews has a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of North Florida. After nearly 35 years of dedicated service to the company, Matthews stepped down from daily operations, although he continues to provide wise counsel from time to time.