Tyler Rae, a University of Kentucky graduate of Landscape Architecture, has been immersed in the Game of Golf and its playing fields since a very young age. Prior to operating his Golf Design firm, Tyler worked with noted Golf Architect and Golden Age restoration expert Ron Prichard for eight years, in the design office with Golf Architect Keith Foster for three years, as well as shaping and building new golf courses with Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw. Tyler also ran and shaped multi-million dollar projects in the dirt for an International Golf Course Builder for four years, learning how courses “come to life in the field”. During that span, he built new courses and restored older golf courses for designers such as Tom Doak and Bruce Hepner, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Rees Jones, Tom Fazio, John Fought and past Augusta National Superintendent Billy Fuller.
Over the last 20 years, Tyler has carefully crafted a select client list and now carries a workload that employs several staff members: Lead Design Associate and Golf Course Shaper, Jim Ryan; Golf Course Shaper, Kyle Spieth; Forestry Consultant, Barry Emens; and Office Administrator, Sheila Rae. Tyler’s emphasis continues to focus on Ross, Flynn, Raynor, Tillinghast and other Golden Age Architects’ restoration and renovation work.
When Tyler isn’t working, you can usually find him with his wife and daughter at his home Club or walking and playing golf courses he hasn’t seen to view their architectural merit and varied properties. To date, he has played 98 out of the Top 100 Courses in the World and all of the Top 100 Courses in the US and is a panelist for Golf.com and Golf Magazine. He has visited over 2,000 golf courses in places such as Canada, British Isles, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania and keeps a documented drawing and photo library of them in his Office.