Kidd says farewell to the UK


Sean Dudley

Scottish architect David McLay Kidd is closing down his UK practice and moving full-time to the United States.

Most of DMK’s UK-based staff have been released. Designer Niall Glen has already set up his own business, Glen Golf Design, and is working on green renovations at Hesketh Golf Club in England, and director Paul Kimber, the project architect for the Castle course at St Andrews and the new Machrihanish Dunes links, is expected to follow suit shortly.

Kidd told GCA: “The reason is threefold: lack of UK business, my desire to consolidate and make the USA my full-time location, and because our new hunting grounds are Asia and South America. I am sorry to let such a talented bunch of guys go. We have had an amazing run over the last ten years and we leave a pretty heavy footprint on the UK golfing landscape. I am sure I will do more in the UK, but from a US base. At least for the near future the work seems to be in Asia and South America and I can get there from here easier.”

Kidd is currently working on projects in several countries, including Cambodia, where he is designing a course at the new Bellus Angkor Resort & City outside Siem Riep, and Nicaragua, at the Guacalito de la Isla project.