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Robert G. Collins ’93

Day Graduate from Signal Mountain, Tennessee 

Rob received a BA in Art History from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1997 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2005.  Following graduate school, Rob worked as an on-site design associate for Gary Player Design, overseeing golf course construction projects in Naples, FL and Cranbrook, BC.  

In July 2010, Rob and business partner, Tad King, formed King-Collins Golf Course Design, a golf design/build company.  Their first commission came in early 2011 when Rob and Tad were hired to completely overhaul The Sequatchie Valley Golf & Country Club, a nine hole golf course in South Pittsburg, TN.  After completion of the project, the golf course was leased to Rob Collins and golf club manufacturer and entrepreneur, Ari Techner.  With no prior golf management experience, Rob & Ari, with significant help from Tad King, opened the new course under the name Sweetens Cove Golf Club in October 2014.  Several very lean years followed, but the course began to see the light at the end of the tunnel after it was featured in a New York Times article titled “The Little Course that Could” in August 2017.  Sweetens Cove gained momentum from this and is the 7th ranked nine hole golf course in the world by Golf Magazine along with being ranked in the top 50 modern courses in the United States by Golfweek.

In 2019, Rob and his original group partnered with an all-star ownership group, including Peyton Manning, Andy Roddick, & Drew Holcomb.  In addition to the partnership on the golf course, Rob is a partner in Sweetens Cove Spirits Company, which launched a critically acclaimed bourbon line that was ranked the #1 celebrity spirit brand in the world by Esquire Magazine in 2021.  

King-Collins currently has completed projects in Tennessee, Nebraska, New York, Georgia, Texas, & South Carolina, with a full slate of new domestic and international projects on the horizon. 

Rob lives with his wife, Denise, daughters, Mae (18) and Ambrose (13), and their irrepressible golden retriever, Winnie, in North Chattanooga. 

  • Alumni Achievement 2023