To whom it may concern,

I have had the pleasure of working with Conor Walsh almost continuously since 2005, on a variety of projects.

At the Castle Course, Conor took control of shaping many of the golf features including greens, tees and bunkers. As designers we ere looking to create something unique in the tee complexes where the tees are fully functional with enough level areas to play from but that also had enough movement to suggest these tees were antique and fitted perfectly into their surroundings. This wasn’t an easy task but Conor made it his own and together we believe we created a new concept or at least reinvented an old one. With the bunkers a similarly weathered appearance was required and again Conor proved he was up to the task.

At Machrihanish Conor took on the role as ‘Lead Shaper’ here he shaped all the tees, greens and bunkers. A project more like a remodel Conor had to be very sensitive in the handling of a very delicate environment. Together we ‘tip toed’ round the course shaping the golf features without disturbing anything else, illustrating his ability to handle the machinery to exacting standards.

Following on from these Conor was again my lead shaper at gWest a new 18 hole development in Perthshire. Here Conor shaped and built greens, tees, bunkers and water features. Creating a new heathland course next door the prestigious courses at Gleneagles we believe gWest will stand its own.

Conor has consistently proved his ability, loyalty and passion for his profession. A self motivated worker and team player I have always considered Conor as an integral part of the Design Team and wouldn’t hesitate to either recommend him or to work with him again which I continue to do.

Paul Kimber

March 2017

Golf Architect of the Year, 2008″ GOLF Magazine (USA)

13, November 2009

Re: Conor Walsh – Letter of Recommendation


Conor Walsh joined DMK Golf Design in June of 2005. I personally sought him out and hired him as the second shaper to Mick McShane at The Castle Course, St. Andrews. On such an historic commission and opportunity of a lifetime I wanted a ‘Dream Team’ on the ground and Conor was a critical member of that team. The construction of the Castle Course went exceptionally well, on time and on budget, award winning and critically acclaimed. I am forever grateful to Conor for his efforts on this historic project.

Following the Castle it was obvious that Conor was more than capable of under taking a Lead Shaper role. In July 2007 he commenced Shaping at Machrihanish Dunes, an exceptionally fragile Links site. Conor’s efforts were once again exceptional, utilising whatever equipment was necessary to create the desired effect and doing so within the severe environmental restrictions placed on the design/construction team.

In early 2008 Conor moved on to gWest (working name) and acted as Lead Shaper again exceeding expectations. Since completing gWest he has undertaken small projects for us overseas but due to the economic downturn we have no current need of his talents and have regrettably released him.

Conor Walsh is a hard working, honest, easy to deal with individual, eager to please and someone I consider a friend. If you would like to contact me in regard to this letter please email me at dmk@dmkgolfdesign.com.

David McLay Kidd

March 2017