John Fought

ASGCA, American Society of Golf Course Architects

John Fought, president of John Fought Design, has accumulated an impressive resume in the game of golf, both as a golf course architect and as a player. He began is working career as a professional golfer after winning the 1977 US Amateur. As a professional on the PGA Tour he was named "Rookie of the Year" in 1979 after winning back to back events. Fought has played tournament golf around the globe - from the Masters at Augusta to the links of Scotland for the British University Championships. When injuries forced him to leave the tour in 1987, he redirected his passion for the game into the art and science of golf course design. 

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John has worked all over North America on various types of projects from conceptual planning to award winning courses. John's courses have won numerous awards including 'Best New Course' and 'Best New Renovation' by leading golf publications such as Golf Digest and Golfweek. His courses have also hosted more than 90 national championships since 1996. John is a very experienced and detail oriented designer who has had a major impact on golf design throughout North America.

Fought is a native of Portland, OR and began his design career with noted architect Bob Cupp on award winning courses, Big Sky (BC, Canada), Crosswater (Sunriver, OR), Pumpkin Ridge (Portland, OR) and Rush Creek (Maple Grove, MN). His Comprehensive education, in-the-field experience and deep understanding of classic design motifs and contemporary construction are assets to his design business and clients alike. 

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"Fought wasn't one of those tour players steered by an agent into design projects just for the money. He was a rare one, a player who developed a genuine passion for architecture and converted that passion into a successful second career."

- Ron Whitten, Writer, Golf World Magazine

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"John Fought has never quite broken into the pantheon of top name architects, but deserves a place next to the likes of Jim Engh, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw and company," wrote Larry Olmsted in his USA Today blog (Aug. 18, 2008). "He has done a lot of great work on a lot of varied pieces of land."

With vigorous work ethic and competitive spirit gleaned from years as a successful player, Fought stands poised to be a leader in the golf course design business for many years to come.

Fought and his wife Mary reside in Scottsdale, AZ. The couple has three children, Tiffany, John, and Natalie and nine grandchildren.