Broad Vision, Careful Thought, Handcrafted Design

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve integrity, stability and beauty. It is wrong when it does otherwise”
– Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac 1949

ROBERT McNEIL golf course architect
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Robert McNeil, Golf Course Architect

Robert McNeil - President and Principal Architect

Robert McNeil, President and Principal Golf Course Architect
Member, American Society of Golf Course Architects

Robert McNeil has committed his life to the game of golf since swinging his mother's old wooden-shafted 9 iron in Massachusetts at 8 years old. Since then, Robert has followed a path of achievement, combining quality education and invaluable hands-on experience. Growing up, Robert learned the game at Whitinsville Golf Club, thought of by many as one of the best Donald Ross 9-hole courses in the world. It was at Whitinsville that the vision of golf course architecture as a lifelong profession was born and where his passion for the game evolved.

He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and a Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. At Ohio State he created his own academic program specializing in golf course design working within the Agronomy, Engineering, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Departments. He also developed an independent golf course design studio under the guidance of Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA in Columbus learning the principles of design and strategy. Both degree programs have proven essential in establishing the proper knowledge base for practicing effective business management and creative golf course design principles.

Realizing the importance of understanding successful construction and maintenance practices and techniques, Robert spent three years under the direction of Mr. Tony Mancuso, CGCS at New Albany Country Club, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course in New Albany, Ohio. During this time, Robert assisted in the execution of a number of construction and maintenance projects, from the course's inception through grand opening. It was this experience that served as the foundation of his hands on approach to design and his understanding of the needs of the golf course superintendent.

In order to further broaden his design range, Robert joined the firm of Bird/Houk Land Planners and Architects as a Land Planning Associate gaining invaluable experience related to the creative interfacing of residential development and golf.

Robert then joined Keith Foster Golf Course Design assisting in the development and preparation of design documentation, construction specifications and client communications on projects throughout the United States, including Haymaker, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Texas Star in the Dallas-metro area. Working with Keith, Robert was introduced to a classic, strategic design style that respected the environment and a site’s pedigree.

Recognizing that it lies within the spirited history and traditions of design that new creations can be found, Robert has made a devoted commitment to returning to the classic courses of the Northeast and British Isles to research and study the features and forms that define the classic style.

Since establishing The Northeast Golf Company in 1996, Robert has provided numerous private, public, resort and municipal clients with a full scope of comprehensive, individually crafted golf course design services leading to highly regarded and award winning results. Robert and the team at The Northeast Golf Company bring this broad vision, built from a foundation of experience and an unparalleled passion for the game, to every project we pursue.

American Society of Golf Course Architects

Robert is a member of the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Master of Landscape Architecture - The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio