2014-2015: President American Society of Golf Course Architects
Lee Schmidt graduated from Purdue University's School of Agriculture in 1970.
His first job after graduation was working with fellow Indiana native Pete Dye. He spent seven years with Dye working on projects like Virginia's Kingsmill Resort.
Schmidt then moved to Landmark Land Company for 12 years, where he was a vice president of the Design and Construction Division. While there he led the design team at courses like PGA West Stadium Course in La Quinta and Mission Hills(California).
Schmidt also spent seven years with Nicklaus Design as a senior design associate.
At Landmark, Schmidt met his future business partner Brian Curley. In 1997, they formed Schmidt-Curley Design, working primarily in the Southwestern United States. Schmidt-Curley soon focused much of its business interests on the burgeoning Asian market with a strong emphasis on China. They are considered leaders of the China golf course development movement.