PriNCIPAL / Architect
Riley Johns grew up in the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta; just ten minutes south of the Banff Springs Golf Course. Having spent his formative years exploring the outdoors in the Canadian Rockies, Riley developed an appreciation for the natural beauty within the landscape at an early age. Seasonal summer jobs included; landscaping, land surveying, civil construction, golf maintenance, and ski lift construction. However, it was his years of golf course maintenance that got him hooked on playing the game and where he quickly discovered his interest for golf course architecture.
Pursuing his interest down the rabbit-hole of golf architecture, Riley began working for various golf course construction contractors and architects learning the art of design, shaping, and finishing from a variety of seasoned professionals. With over a decades worth of field experience, and dozens of different projects under his belt, Riley furthered his learning and enrolled in the Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Degree program at the University of Guelph, Ontario.
While completing his degree, Riley was able to focus his studies towards classic golf course architecture history, low impact golf design, and sustainable development practices. In addition, he was also fortunate to be mentored by some of the best in the business including -- Mr. Tom Doak and his Renaissance Golf associates, Mr. Bill Coore and his associates, and Canada’s Rod Whitman. It was his time however at the Renaissance Golf Design office that Riley was able to learn more in depth about the craft and the profession; thus bringing his skill-sets full circle.
In 2013, Riley formally launched Integrative Golf Design which has opened up opportunities to work on many exciting projects both domestically and internationally. A lifelong student of the game, Riley continues to travel, play golf, and study golf course architecture. He enjoys spending off time with his wife Rachel and son Asher (and dog George) in the mountains around Canmore, Alberta.
Born in Penticton, British Columbia, Dan’s grandfather exposed him to the game of golf at an early age and by 15 years-old he was working at the local 9 hole course. Completely captivated by the game, Dan went on to study turf management at Olds College in Olds, Alberta. Upon completion, he began working at The Falls Golf Club in Chilliwack, B.C., where the back 9 just happened to be under construction. As a result, he experienced firsthand the labours of drainage, finishing, irrigation, seeding, and even supervised the grow-in process. After holding the assistant superintendent position for a few years following, Dan could not ignore the fire that was burning for the construction side of the industry.
In the fall of 1997 he made the move to Calgary, Alberta and started working with Radomsky Golf Ltd. It was here that his passion was confirmed, and artistically he had found his true calling. Soon after, Dan was lead shaper with the company and had the privilege of working on numerous projects across Canada.
In 2005 Dan started his own golf contracting business and was commissioned to fill the lead shaper role on the restoration of the Calgary G&CC -- a rare Willy Park Jr. course. The architect, Ron Forse, mentored him in the art of classic golf design and the importance of bringing “true traditional golf” back into the forefront of the industry. A nod to his work in Calgary, Dan was then obtained to lead the restoration efforts at the Elmhurst G&CC in Winnipeg, Manitoba -- Donald Ross's most northerly non-European design. Working at Elmhurst, his keen interest for classic design was solidified and his study of golf architecture began.
Joining Integrative Golf Design in 2014 as lead associate, Dan is contributing his on-site construction experiences and his turf knowledge into the design process. While not at work he will continue to raise his two sons Parker and Connor with his wonderful wife Jen, and of course golf, fish, hunt, camp, and any other activity that involves family and friends outdoors.