Steve Smyers grew up in Houston, TX where he was introduced to golf at the age of 3 by his father and scratch golfer, Carroll Smyers. It wasn’t until the age of 16, when Steve was caddying in the 1969 U.S. Open and listening to the professional golfers discuss the design of Champions Golf Club, that Steve’s passion for golf course architecture began.
Steve started his own architecture firm in the 1970s. Over the past 40+ years, Steve has gone on to design courses throughout the world, including the U.S., U.K., United Arab Emirates, Australia, France, Iceland, Zimbabwe, and Ecuador. Among Steve’s most notable designs include Old Memorial Golf Club, Wolf Run Golf Club, Isleworth Country Club, Maridoe Golf Club, Chart Hills Golf Club, Evian Golf Club, Butterfield Country Club, and Olympia Fields Country Club - South.
Steve is deeply involved in his community and believes in giving back to the game of golf. Steve served on the USGA Executive Committee from 2006-2011 and is the first and only golf course architect to do so. Additionally, Steve served as President and an Executive Member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects Committee, and co-founded of The First Tee of Lakeland.
Steve earned his Bachelors in Business from the University of Florida, where he played on the varsity golf team and was a member of the NCAA Championship team. Steve and his wife, Sherrin Smyers, reside in Lakeland, FL. With everything Steve has accomplished, his greatest achievement to-date is being a father to his two sons, Trent and Scott Smyers. Winning the 2008 Senior Crump Cup came in at a close second.