Born and raised in the Scottish lowlands, David McLay Kidd learned the nuances of traditional golf course design from his father, greenskeeper Jimmy Kidd – one of the most respected turf grass managers in the world. Having spent his childhood around golf courses, Kidd began the natural transition from apprentice to designer at the age of 21 when he completed the design and construction of his first layout.

After mastering his expertise as designer/project manager for Swan Golf Design and subsequently as Director of Design at Gleneagles Golf Developments – where he served as lead architect on the design of Bandon Dunes in Oregon, among many other renowned courses, Kidd established his own design company, DMK Golf Design, in 1999.

DMK’s design portfolio includes such notable layouts as Queenwood in Surrey, England, Nanea on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the Castle Course at St. Andrews, the first new golf course to be built at the home of golf in 100 years.