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It has been quite a year for Scarborough architect Ian Andrew. After all, he had the opportunity to travel with me to Scotland!

Seriously though, Andrew has had a highly successful year after stepping away from Carrick Design where he worked with Doug Carrick for almost two decades. I interviewed Ian for a piece for

Here’s a taste:

Ian Andrew is, by nature, a bit of a glass-half-empty kind of guy. Given his nature, it isn’t surprising he was a bit pessimistic about his opportunities in launching his own golf architecture firm, Andrew Golf Design, after 17 years of working for Doug Carrick, the creator of such courses as Eagles Nest and Angus Glen.

But nearly a year after departing Carrick Design, where he was the firm’s leading associate in charge of most of the company’s renovation and restoration work on existing courses, Andrew is thrilled. Business and demand for his services has far exceeded his expectations. Top American designers like Tom Doak and Gil Hanse have recommended Andrew when they’ve been too busy to take on new restoration clients, and the Scarborough-based architect has landed new clubs as clients in Alberta and New York. He is currently serving as the consulting restoration architect for more than two dozen clubs.

“I wondered when I left Carrick whether I’d have the credibility of having done work at St. George’s and Weston,” says Andrew. “Or whether people would simply think Doug was pulling the strings. Thankfully people seem to have understood my role in those projects.”

The full story is here.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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