From 1977 to 1984, he apprenticed with golf course architects Killian and Nugent. His first project was Kemper Lakes, which soon hosted the 1989 U.S. PGA Championship, among a wide range of projects.
He formed Jeffrey D. Brauer/GolfScapes in Arlington, Texas in 1984, providing comprehensive golf course design services across the spectrum of projects. His portfolio of over 50 new courses and dozens of renovations keep him at the forefront of desired designers for new courses, reconstruction and renovation projects.
Three of his courses have won “Best New Awards” from Golf Digest and Zagat, and ten have placed on various Best New Lists. Golf World once ranked him as a top 20 golf course architect and Golf Inc. ranked him as the world’s 4th best value in golf architecture.
He has been a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects since 1981, serving as President during its 50th Anniversary year in 1995-1996. Brauer gives many industry presentations and is a regular architecture columnist for Golf Course Industry.
He continues to study golf course architecture, and has played over 75 of the best courses in the world, and toured many more.