Jefferson Group, Peacock announce network; Sanford and Ferris join together

Something must be in the early 2022 air, as two different mergers were recently announced — one between two of the most prominent clubhouse architects and one between two golf course architects.

Judd Brown Designs (JBD) and Jefferson Group Architecture (JGA) decided to restructure internally and become a single design firm, now known as JBD JGA Design and Architecture. As part of the restructuring, they will join with Peacock + Lewis as co-founders of CLUBWORKS, which will be a professional services network that focuses on private clubs.

JBD JGA will continue to operate out of their Rhode Island location and cater to their clientele. Peacock + Lewis will do the same in North Palm Beach and Naples, Fla. The companies’ branding and graphic design will transition gradually in the next few months to reflect the unification of the brands.

“This is a very exciting time for everyone involved,” said Judd Brown, founder of JBD. “We are committed to continuing our hands-on services to our clients as an independent firm while exploring new opportunities with Peacock + Lewis, a company for which we have always had great respect. We expect CLUBWORKS and its time-tested network of professionals to quickly become the ‘go-to’ for all things clubhouse design-related throughout the country.”

Elsewhere in the country, golf course architects John Sanford and David Ferris formed a new partnership. Their new firm will be called Sanford Ferris Golf Course Design and will be based in Jupiter, Fla.

Sanford was formerly the president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and Ferris is a current member of the ASGCA with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell university. Ferris has worked for Sanford since 1997 and looks forward to their new partnership.

“Designing golf courses has been a ‘labor of love’ and being alongside and learning from John for nearly 25 years has been a truly amazing experience,” said Ferris. “To now become partners with my mentor and begin this next chapter of our careers taking our architecture knowledge and philosophies to design and reimagine golf facilities in the 21st century is very exciting.”

One of the pair’s most recent courses (and most interesting) is a reversible nine-hole course at Sailfish Sands in Martin County, Fla. Set over 60 acres, the course rotates weekly, with the Sands 9 Black course being played clockwise, while the Sands 9 Gold course plays counterclockwise.

“For the past 25 years David has been part of the fabric of Sanford Golf Design and a true professional in our business,” said John Sanford. “His dedication and passion for course design has made it possible for Sanford Golf Design to remain relevant through the ups and downs of our competitive industry. I could not be happier to partner with David, and very much look forward to the next 25 years.”

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