Robert McNeil is the President and Principal Architect of The Northeast Golf Company, the McNeil Design Collaborative and MDC Global Golf.
Robert has committed his life to the game of golf since swinging his mother’s old wooden-shafted 9 iron in Massachusetts at 8 years old. At 14 he become a member of the highly regarded Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, considered by many aficionados as one of the top 9 hole layouts in the world. At WGC he honed his game, his affinity for 9 hole layouts and laid the foundation for a career in golf course design.
Since then, Robert has followed a path of achievement combining quality education and invaluable hands-on experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bryant College (now University) and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University. At Ohio State he created his own academic program specializing in golf course design working within the Agronomy, Engineering, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture Departments. Both degree programs were essential in establishing the proper knowledge base for practicing effective business management and creative golf course design principles.
Realizing the importance of understanding successful construction and maintenance practices and techniques, Robert spent three years at New Albany Country Club, a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course in New Albany, Ohio. During this time, Robert assisted in the execution of a number of construction and maintenance projects, from the course’s inception through grand opening.
Robert then joined Keith Foster Golf Course Design assisting in the development and preparation of design documentation, construction specifications and client communications on numerous award winning projects throughout the United States, including Haymaker, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Texas Star in the Dallas-metro area.
Recognizing that it lies within the spirited history and traditions of design that new creations can be found, Robert has made a devoted commitment to returning to the classic courses of the United States and British Isles to research and study the features and forms that define the classic style.
For over 20 years as Principal and President of The McNeil Design Collaborative, The Northeast Golf Company and MDC Global Golf, Robert has worked on over 150 golf projects ranging from new course design, municipal layouts, private club renovations, historic restorations and resort designs.
His work includes award winning designs at the private- Club at River Oaks in Sherman, CT, Rockleigh Golf Course for Bergen County, NJ and the Casino Resort Course- Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Connecticut and Sun Garden Golf Club in Cluj, Romania. His newest design…The Preserve at Boulder Hills in Wyoming, RI, a one of a kind 18 hole executive layout set within a sprawling 1000 acre sporting retreat, received the Design Excellence Award from the ASGCA.
Robert is a Member of the prestigious American Society of Golf Course Architects.