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Patrick Burton, ASGCA, is a native of Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with bachelor degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Turfgrass Science.


Patrick’s design career began in 2003 with Forrest Richardson & Associates, where he served as an Associate Designer on several projects in the western United States, including the role as Associate Designer for the renovation of Olivas Links and Buenaventura Golf Course in Ventura, California and as Lead Designer for the remodel of the Wigwam Gold Course. In 2006, Patrick went on to join Schmidt-Curley Design where he was quickly promoted to Senior Design Associate. Patrick worked extensively overseas in Southeast Asia, assisting in the design and construction of numerous projects throughout China and Thailand. Notable projects Patrick worked on as a Lead Designer include: Yulongwan Golf Club – Awarded No. 6 “Best Course in China” (2016) by Golf Magazine China & Annual host of PGA Tour China Event (2013 – Present); Gold Time Ocean View Golf Club –Awarded 2nd Runner-Up “Best New GolfResorts” (2011) by Golf, Inc. Notableprojects Patrick worked on as an AssociateDesigner include: Mission Hills Haikou –Blackstone Course – Awarded “#1 BestCourse in the Asia-Pacific” (2012) by AsianGolf Monthly & Awarded #2 “Best NewInternational Golf Course” (2010) by GolfMagazine; Stone Forest Golf Club –Awarded No. 8 “Best Course in China”(2013) by Golf Digest China; and BinhaiLake Golf Club – Pete Dye Course –Awarded Top 10 “Best New Course inChina” (2010) by Golf Magazine & Host ofthe Volvo China Open (2012-2013).Patrick has been involved with the design and construction of more than 35 golf courses worldwide, serving as Lead Project Architect for numerous courses. Patrick became a member of the ASGCA in 2013 and contributes regularly to educational seminars covering Golf Course Design and Integrated GPS & Drone technologies. Patrick is also a member of the Arizona Chapter and the Southern California Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America.


Patrick’s relationship with Fry/Straka began during his University years as a student of Jason Straka’s Ohio State University Golf Course Environmental Design and Management class. He was a stand-out student and maintained a professional and family relationship with Jason since his collegiate time. Patrick began contributing to the Fry/Straka team in 2017. He contributes expertise in large-scale earthwork and grading, CADD work, plan production, graphic renderings, drone and GPS work and other cutting-edge computer technology.


Patrick lives with his wife, Christina in Scottsdale, Arizona and still has extensive family in and around the Columbus, Ohio area.