William Howard Neff is a Colorado native who moved to Utah to attend college to become an architect and ended up making a name for himself in golf circles as a golf architect.
In 1967 he went to work with established golf architect William Henrichsen Neff, no relation. Together they designed several golf courses. They worked on projects in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, and other western states. They were 28 years apart in age and were often referred to as old Bill Neff and young Bill Neff
"I learned from the ground up," said the younger Neff. "I did surveying, drafting, yardage charts . . . it was the best training I could have ever had."
In 1981, William Howard Neff started his own design business.