Brian Costello


Brian Costello

“One of the most important qualities that a Golf Course Architect should possess is the ability to listen…to clearly understand and identify the needs of the client, and then creatively translate those requirements into spectacular and memorable golf courses.”

Brian Costello is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 10, Brian was introduced to the game of golf by his father. He soon became a caddy and a competitive golfer, and as such, was exposed to the renowned public and private golf courses throughout the Bay Area. In retrospect, Brian now understands that this early exposure to the game and the historic courses of his home have strongly influenced his fondness for classic and traditional layouts.

Brian received a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Upon graduation, he joined Hargreaves Associates, a renowned planning and landscape architecture firm based in San Francisco. During his five years there, Brian developed an appreciation for the powerful experiences which can be created through sculptural landforms and contextual landscapes. His designs reflect a deep commitment to the experience of the game as defined by its’ setting.

In 1989 Brian joined JMP, and became a Principal of the firm in 1994. Brian has designed many outstanding golf courses around the world. Among his most noteworthy designs are: Whiskey Creek Golf Club near Washington, DC, Callippe Preserve Golf Club and Los Lagos Golf Club in California, Costa do Sauipe Golf Links and Fazenda da Grama Golf Club in Brazil, Belnatio Golf Club, Nasu Chifuriko and Golden Palm Country Clubs in Japan, and Blackstone Golf & Resort in Jeju and Blackstone Golf Club in Icheon, Korea.

He is a regular member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the USGA, and a registered Landscape Architect in California. Published works include; the Lead Essay in “Golf Architecture – A Worldwide Perspective Volume Six”, “Secrets of the Great Golf Course Architects” and ASGCA’s “An Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development.” Brian, along with fellow Principal Mark Hollinger, manages JMP‘s West Coast Office. Brian is the proud father of two sons.