About Greg Norman
A respected and talented golf professional, Greg Norman has extended his contribution to the game by becoming a premier golf course designer.
Greg Norman Golf Course Design, first established in 1987, has adopted a “least disturbance” approach toward course design, utilizing inherent features of the natural landscape rather than imposing artificial concepts. Using this philosophy Norman strives to maximize a site’s potential. “I’m happiest with a golf course when, upon completion, it looks as though it has been a part of its surroundings for many years,” said Norman.
In his primary competitive career, the famed “Great White Shark” (a nickname that started at The Masters in 1981) of golf compiled 88 career victories worldwide, 20 on the PGA Tour. Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001, Norman is a two-time British Open champion (1986, 1993), three-time Vardon Trophy winner, among the PGA Tour all-time money-winners, was named both PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1995, three-time Arnold Palmer Award winner (as leading money winner), and winner of the Byron Nelson Trophy for the lowest scoring average. Despite knee and back ailments, Norman has maintained a limited playing schedule in recent years and holds exempt status on the PGA Tour through 2007. Gregory John Norman was born Feb. 10, 1955 in Mt. Isa, Queensland, Australia, to Mervyn and Toini Norman. A rugged athlete and outdoorsman who thrived on rugby, Australian Rules football and water sports (which included shark hunting), Norman picked up golf at age 16 after caddying for his mother, an accomplished golfer. Within two years he was a scratch player. Initially interested in becoming a pilot in the Australian Air Force, Norman’s golf talent took him to the professional ranks by 1976, and he won the fourth event he played, the Westlakes Classic in Australia. His blond hair and sturdy build (6-foot, 180 pounds) accented the power and charisma Norman brought to the game, making him an instant fan favorite, particularly once he debuted on the PGA Tour in 1983. A competitive focus combined with his engaging personality made Norman a legendary champion.
The key to Norman’s success in course design is limiting the number of projects he handles at one time. Because of this, great care is taken in presenting a balanced portfolio of projects covering private, high-end public and resort golf destinations in markets ranging from Palm Springs, Scottsdale and Myrtle Beach to more remote destinations such as Bali. Greg Norman Golf Course Design provides a comprehensive level of design, supervision and support services from its headquarters in Jupiter, Fla., and sister office in Sydney, Australia. It has grown into one of the leading golf course design companies in the world, with completed or ongoing projects on five continents. The design firm is one of Norman’s many business interests under the umbrella of the parent company, Great White Shark Enterprises, Inc., of which Norman is Chairman and CEO. Included are Greg Norman Turf Company, the Greg Norman Collection, Greg Norman Estates Wine, Greg Norman Production Company and Greg Norman Interactive, LLC.
Still an avid scuba diver, fisherman and hunter, Norman lives in Hobe Sound, Fla.