Routing, Master Planning, Greens Design and Expansion, Bunker Design, Tee Design, Practice Area Design, Conceptual Drainage, Conceptual Landscaping, Grassing Lines, Plan Drawing


Site Analysis, Historical Research, Restoration/Renovation Planning and Design, Tree and Grass Line Management, Water Conservation Solutions, Turfgrass Management Strategy


Greens and Surrounds, Bunkers, Fairway Contours and Features, Tees and Surrounds, Practice Greens, Practice Areas, Greens Expansions

Finish Work

Greens and Tie-ins, Bunker Edges and Contours, Bunker Edge Cutting, Fairway Micro-contouring, Horizon Lines, Tee Complexes

Work History

Gleneagles Golf Course at McLaren Park

January 2018 - Present | San Francisco, CA | Consultation Work

The Saticoy Club

May - August 2018 | Somis, CA | Thad Layton, Arnold Palmer Design Company

Redlands CC

August - September, 2016 and 2017 | Redlands, CA | Todd Eckenrode

Canyon Lakes Golf  Course

Summer 2017 | San Ramon, CA | Practice area preliminary design

Balsam Mountain Preserve

April 2017 | Sylva, NC | Arnold Palmer Design Company

Santa Ana CC

April 2016 - July 2016 (with recurring projects) | Santa Ana, CA | Jay Blasi

Hardelot (Les Pins)

November 2015 - February 2016 | Hardelot, France | Frank Pont and Patrice Boisonnas 

Orinda Country Club

May 2015 - October 2015 (with recurring projects) | Orinda, CA | Todd Eckenrode

Sallandsche Golfclub 'De Hoek' 

September 2014 - December 2014 | Diepenveen, Netherlands  | With Frank Pont 

Schoolhouse 9 (New Build)

September 2014 - August 2014 | Sperryville, Virginia | Michael McCartin

Fazenda Boa Vista (New Build)

May 2014 | Porto Feliz, Brazil | Arnold Palmer Design Company

Simapo Island (New Build)

January 2012 - March 2014 | Haikou, Hainan, China | Renaissance Golf Design

Dismal River (Red) (New Build)

August 2011 - September 2012 | Mullen, Nebraska | Renaissance Golf Design

California Golf Club of San Francisco

November 2011 - December 2011; Spring 2018 | San Francisco, California

Mira Vista Country Club

February 2011 - August 2011 | El Cerrito California | Forrest Richardson and Associates and Genesis Golf Builders

Neal Meagher

February 2011 - May 2011 | San Francisco Bay Area

Southwest Greens

July 2010 - October 2010 | San Francisco, California

St Andrews Links

October 2009 - February 2010 | St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

DeVries Designs

June 2008 - August 2008 | Traverse City, MI

Kingsley Club

May 2006 - August 2006 | Traverse City, MI 



Cornell University  (Ithaca, NY)

2008 | Bachelor of Science - Landscape Architecture

Elmwood College  (Cupar, Fife, Scotland)

2010  | Higher National Certificate - Golf Course Management


Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California

R & A Greenkeeping Scholar


Brett Hochstein (Right) discussing a potential field change with Thad Layton at Saticoy

Brett Hochstein (Right) discussing a potential field change with Thad Layton at Saticoy

How I Work

It starts with a few questions. “What is this golf course? What is its true place, and what does it want to be? What should it be, and how do we get there?”

All golf courses are unique to their land, their setting, and the people that surround it. This fundamental base is why we love golf and are willing to travel across the world just to play a new course. It is also the reason why every different potential golf course project needs to be handled with care and fully understood before embarking on improvements.

With a new project, that involves developing a thorough relationship with the land to understand its movement and its changing sense of space. It involves an understanding of the regional context and preceding styles of architecture. And of course, it also involves working closely with the client, understanding their wants and needs for the project.

With a restoration or renovation of an existing course, we will work to gain that understanding through research of the course’s past and talking with those who know it best. We will work with the owner, club committee, superintendent, and any other interest groups to understand the current issues and figure out the best approach of addressing them.

When it comes to actually designing and getting the work done though, both types of projects will involve a similar approach: we will be out there in the field, making decisions, managing issues, and creating the key features of the course (greens, bunkers, and any landform or feature important to strategy or aesthetics). We get on the machines, grab the shovels, and do the critical creative work ourselves, ensuring always that things both look right and play correctly.

Whether it is a new course or a small project at the local muni, Hochstein Design will always strive to make your golf course be the best possible version of itself.

My Story

At age 4, my father brought me and my hollow plastic clubs to Harley's Golf Course in Union Lake, Michigan.  Despite the simplicity of the cramped public layout, I was immediately fascinated with the way in which one moves throughout the property and the features of golf--greens, bunkers, and, though I may not care much for them now, water hazards.  I even threw my orange plastic ball into the bunkers on purpose, just because I thought it was cool.  And when you are hacking around a course that may have some cool bunker like Hell or that natural monster along 18 at Sand Hills, it still is cool to throw a ball in and have a go trying to get out.

My fascination continued throughout my childhood, leading me to draw up routing plans and golf holes during my spare time.  I decided to try and make a career of it someday, and I applied to a number of landscape architecture programs around the country.  Due to their program flexibility, history of producing golf architects, and having maybe the most beautiful campus in the country, I decided upon Cornell University, where I learned all there was to know about project presentation, proper design sense, construction planning, and turf grass management through Dr. Frank Rossi.  They also gave me the privilege to undergo an independent golf design studio, which was coordinated entirely by myself and critiqued by architect Mike DeVries.

Graduating in 2008, work in the golf business was scarce.  I decided to once again pursue my dream of studying the ancient links of Great Britain.  Elmwood College in Cupar, Scotland--ten miles from St Andrews--offered me just that chance as well as an opportunity to sharpen my green keeping, construction, and design skills in a practical setting.  The quirks, contours, and features of Scottish links remain an inspiration to me every time I step into the field or behind a drafting table.

In 2011, I got my biggest break yet in working with Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design.  Besides doing everything the right way from the routing down to the tie-in work, they provide young guys like me an opportunity to actually contribute.  Following work with them at Dismal River and Simapo Island in China, I feel proficient in everything I do, from the shovel up to the big dozer.  

This is a great business, even though it can be tough at times on friends and family and missed business at home.  I am very grateful and proud though to be a part of it and the world you get to see to go along with it.