PriNCIPAL / Golf Architect
Riley Johns grew up in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, Canada; just a short drive south of the revered Banff Springs Golf Course. Having spent his formative years exploring the outdoors in the Canadian Rockies, Riley developed an appreciation for the natural beauty within the landscape at an early age. Seasonal summer jobs included; landscaping, land surveying, civil construction, golf maintenance, and ski lift construction. It was, however, his years in golf course maintenance that got him hooked on playing the game and where he quickly discovered his interest for golf course architecture.
Pursuing his interest down the rabbit-hole, Riley began working for various golf course construction contractors and architects learning the art of design, shaping, and building from a variety of seasoned professionals. With over a decades worth of field experience, and dozens of different golf projects under his belt, Riley furthered his education and enrolled in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Degree program at the University of Guelph, Ontario.
While completing his degree, Riley was able to focus his studies towards classic golf course architecture history, low impact golf design, and turf science. In addition, he was also fortunate to be mentored by some of the best in the business including -- Mr. Tom Doak and his Renaissance Golf associates, Mr. Bill Coore and his associates, and Canada’s Rod Whitman. It was his time however at the Renaissance Golf Design office that Riley was able to learn more in depth about the craft and the profession; thus bringing his skill-sets full circle.
In 2013, Riley formally launched Integrative Golf Design which has opened up opportunities to work on many exciting projects both domestically and internationally. A lifelong student of the game, Riley continues to travel, play golf, and study golf course architecture. He enjoys spending off time with his wife Rachel and son Asher (and dog George) in the mountains around his hometown of Canmore.