What is the birth story of Pangaea Golf Architecture?

By: November 13, 2023

The Pangaea Golf Architecture is a strategic partnership between Jeffrey Danner and Stuart Rennie, who met while studying on the European Institute of Golf Course Architects’ (EIGCA) diploma course in 2007, and have been close friends ever since.

Pangaea Golf Architecture founders
Left: Stuart Rennie. Right: Jeffrey Danner

Stuart Rennie grew up near Dornoch, the home of legendary architect Donald Ross, and has been a member of the Royal Dornoch Club since the age of twelve.

After the EIGCA Diploma, he worked for the firm of Thomson, Perrett, and Lobb in Melbourne, Australia, working closely with five-time Open champion Peter Thomson and in London before forming his firm, Rennie Design, in 2011.

His highest profile project was the design of the acclaimed new Highland Council King’s Golf Course in Inverness, which opened in 2019.

Besides completing many renovation and masterplanning projects, he also served as construction project manager on the Royal & Ancient’s Golf It! development in Glasgow.

Jeff Danner

Jeff Danner is one of only four golf architects to be members of both the European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) and the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA).

His career has seen him working with firms such as Golfplan and Lohmann Golf Designs and a significant spell with Greg Norman Golf Course Design.

Pangaea Golf Architecture golf course
Kings Golf Club, Inverness

He recently founded his firm, Danner Design, but has been interested in forming a long-term partnership for some years.

Jeff was a lead designer for numerous Greg Norman Golf Course Design projects, including projects in Vietnam, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

More recently, Jeff oversaw the renovation of Anchorage Golf Course in preparation for the 2022 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur and has been leading the transformation of Hyderabad Golf Club in India on behalf of his previous affiliation with Richardson|Danner Golf Course Architects.