|Born||April 13, 1955|
Irmo, South Carolina, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lake City Community College|
|Occupation||Golf course designer|
Robert C. Weed, Jr. (Bobby), (born April 13, 1955), president of Bobby Weed Golf Design, is a golf course designer and builder specializing in design, renovation and repurposing. A protégé of Pete Dye, he resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Weed is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the Florida Turfgrass Association.
Education and professional career
Weed attended Presbyterian College and Lake City Community College, in North Florida, in the Golf Course Operations and Landscape Technology program. He began his professional career with an extended apprenticeship with Pete Dye, launching a collaboration of over 35 years’ duration and a lifelong friendship. Hired in 1983 by the PGA Tour as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent at TPC @ Sawgrass, Weed progressed to the Tour’s in-house Chief Designer from 1987–96, where he was responsible for the design of many of today’s best-known TPC venues, which continue as host sites for prominent Tour events. From 1985-95, Weed held certification through the GCSAA as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent.
In 1994, Weed formed Bobby Weed Golf Design, which has amassed a list of new and renovated courses that are ranked consistently at the top of their respective categories, including The Olde Farm Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, The Golf Course at Glen Mills, Medalist Golf Club and Timuquana Country Club.
Weed also is co-founder and a board member of HEAL! (Healing Every Autistic Life). The HEAL Foundation is a local non-profit organization, based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, serving individuals and families living with autism spectrum disorders. Weed has a nonverbal autistic daughter who has experienced much growth and success with the support of HEAL.
Selected course portfolio for Bobby Weed Golf Design
Weed started his own company in 1994—Bobby Weed Golf Design—and has designed or redesigned an impressive list of highly regarded courses. A partial list of his work follows:
- Grove XXIII - Hobe Sound, Florida
- Spanish Oaks Golf Club – Bee Cave, Texas
- Olde Farm Golf Club – Orchard Course – Bristol, Virginia
- StoneRidge Golf Club – Stillwater, Minnesota
- The Golf Course at Glen Mills – Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
*Weed/Dye original designs
- Country Club of Landfall – Pete Dye Course – Wilmington, North Carolina
- Amelia Island Plantation’s Ocean Links – Fernandina Beach, Florida
- Slammer & Squire Golf Course – World Golf Village – St. Augustine, Florida
- TPC Las Vegas – Las Vegas, Nevada
- TPC Summerlin – Las Vegas, Nevada
- TPC Tampa Bay – Lutz, Florida
- TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut
- Mito Kourakuen Country Club – Mito, Japan
- Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Culver Academies Golf Course – Culver, Indiana
- Grandfather Golf and Country Club – Linville, North Carolina
- Medalist Golf Club – Hobe Sound, Florida
- New Orleans Country Club – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Palatka Golf Club – Palatka, Florida
- Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club – Tampa, Florida
- Timuquana Country Club – Jacksonville, Florida
- White Manor Country Club – Malvern, Pennsylvania
- Ocean Course at Ponte Vedra Inn and Club – Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Long Cove Club – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Selected honors and awards
- David Hueber Golf Community Sustainability Award at Clemson University was presented to Bobby Weed in 2012.
- The South Carolina General Assembly issued a resolution on April 23, 2003, recognizing Bobby Weed, a South Carolina native, for being named the 2003 South Carolina Golf Association Golfweek honoree in recognition of his long and distinguished career in golf course design.
- Golfdom Magazine selected Bobby Weed as one of its People of the Year for 2000.
- Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year 2012 – Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club
- Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year 2010 – Linville Ridge Golf Club