David M. Dale, ASGCA, ASLA
Principal/President

David joined Golfplan in 1988 with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University. His responsibilities include site evaluations, golf course land use planning, golf course architecture, design development, preparation of working drawings, construction inspections and liaison with real estate and resort planning firms and municipal agencies. He also provides oversight of working drawing preparation and coordinates with other project engineering and design firms. He has participated in site evaluation and construction inspection in more than 15 countries.

David is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA); the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and an associate member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

Growing up in Montana, his passion for golf drew him to a career in Golf Course Architecture. He resides with his family in the wine country of Northern California near a local Golfplan-designed golf course. It was on this course where David introduced his then 18-month-old son to the game while walking the holes during construction.

Kevin M. Ramsey, ASGCA, ASLA
Principal/Vice President

Kevin’s golf course architecture career began in 1988 even before he completed his Landscape Architecture degree from the University of California, Davis. He joined Golfplan in 1999 as a Senior Golf Course Architect. Today, Kevin’s responsibilities include site evaluation, golf course land use planning, golf design, design development, preparation of working drawings, construction inspection and liaison with real estate and resort planning firms and municipal agencies. He also oversees working drawing preparation and coordinates with other project engineering and design firms.

Kevin is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA); an associate member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America (GCSAA), the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

While growing up in Chicago, seven-year-old Kevin learned the game from his parents.  He went on to play collegiate golf for the University of California at Davis, competing in the NCAA Division II National Championships in 1987 and 1988.  He still maintains a single digit handicap. Kevin lives in Marin County, California with his wife and young daughter.

Ron Fream
Founder

In 1966, armed with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture (with additional emphases in Botanical Science, Soil Science, Turfgrass Management, Ecology and Landscape Design), Ron began his career as a golf course architect at Robert Trent Jones Inc.

Ron opened the doors of Golfplan in 1972, after honing his skills designing national and international courses. Now, with over 44 years of golf course architectural experience in over 65 countries, he provides strong direction in conceptual planning, golf course design, constructioon supervision and turfgrass management.

Between 1972 and 1978, Ron collaborated with five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge of Australia and John Harris of London providing worldwide golf architectural services.

Ron is a frequent contributor to technical golf publications and other golfing magazines. He has authored more than 100 articles on various and diverse aspects of golf course economics, safety, planning and design, golf feasibility, construction, ornamental horticulture and turfgrass maintenance.

George Philpott
Senior Design Associate

A native of Northern California and graduate of the University of California at Davis earning a bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology, with focus in Landscape Architecture. After his studies, George worked in the landscaping industry managing a team responsible for maintenance of grounds including Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, CA. He began his golf career as a drafter at Golfplan in 2000, working his way up to a Senior Design Associate position where his responsibilities now include golf course master planning and construction document design, photo editing, & drawing production.



Matthew A. Schiffer, EIGCA
Design Associate

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and practiced as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for five and a half years. Seeking a career change, he enrolled in the European Institute of Golf Course Architects’ Golf Course Architecture graduate program in Edinburgh, Scotland. After 12-months of study and travel to experience some of the world’s finest golf courses, Matt graduated with distinction as the Toro Student Golf Course Architect of the Year for 2004. Upon returning to the United States, Matt gained experience with golf course construction, assisting with site layout, drainage and green, tee and bunker construction for design/build firm McDonald & Sons in eastern Maryland.

Since May of 2005 Matt has worked as a Design Associate for Golfplan. His primary responsibilities include overseeing and managing the firm’s AutoCAD workload in addition to golf course design, plan production and drafting.

Matt is a Graduate Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA), an Associate Member of the Golf Course Superintendents of America (GCSAA) and a member of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA).

Jeffrey A. Danner
Design Associate

Jeff received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. While at Illinois, he also completed an independent study on Sustainable Golf Course Architecture. Shortly after graduation, Jeff moved to Chicago and signed on full time with Lohmann Golf Designs, Inc. where he gained valuable design and construction experience. During his three years with Lohmann, Jeff also enrolled in the 2-year, European Institute of Golf Course Architects, Post Graduate Diploma Course where he studied some of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses in various countries including Scotland, Ireland, England, Portugal and Germany.

Upon returning from Scotland, Jeff joined the team at Golfplan in September, 2009 as a Design Associate. His responsibilities include AutoCAD implementation, hand drafting, drawing/graphic production and design. Jeff is a Graduate Member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) and a Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

Andrea R. Englehart
Marketing Director

With over 10 years experience, Andrea has managed high-priority, deadline driven marketing objectives within high tech companies to small start-ups.

At Golfplan, she works with Principals, Dave and Kevin, in the development and production of promotional materials, website updates and marketing presentations. She also produces multimedia packages – letters, brochures, and photo collections for special assignments.

 

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