Posts Tagged ‘Golf Architects/Designers’

Golf Architects/Designers: Robert Lawrence

Sep 16th

Robert Red LawrenceRobert “Red” Lawrence was an American golf course architect, largely producing courses in the US states of Arizona and New Mexico.  Lawrence was born in White Plains, New York in 1893.He began his career in 1919, as layout engineer of Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, becoming part of what is known as the second generation of major American golf course designers.

He is also known as a member of the “Philadelphia School” of golf course design, and was involved in the re-design of the original and premier example of this school the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. In his early career, Lawrence was largely under the tutelage of William S. Flynn between 1921 and 1932, serving as the course architect’s design assistant.He then became the manager of several important golf and country clubs, before becoming a full time golf course architect.

Lawrence was a founding member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1946.By the age of 65 he moved from his residency in Boca Raton, Florida to Arizona, where he became a prolific architect of western American golf courses.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Ted Robinson

Sep 9th

Theodore G. Robinson

Theodore (Ted) G. Robinson (May 17, 1923 – March 2, 2008) was an American golf course architect. He was born in Long Beach, California, and studied at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Masters in Planning from the University of Southern California in 1948.

He established his golf course architecture practice in 1954, and continued working there for over fifty years. Robinson joined the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1973, and served as President from 1983 to 1984. He ascended to ASGCA Fellow in 1995.

During his career Ted Robinson has designed over 160 golf courses throughout the world. Honours included the selection of Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Washington as the site of the PGA Tour Championship and the Experience at Koele on the island of Lanai, Hawaii as one of the best new resort courses in the world. In 1993, he was named as one of the Best in the West by Western Golf Links Magazine. But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Ben Sayers

Sep 2nd

Ben Sayers

Bernard “Ben” Sayers (23 June 1856 in Leith, Edinburgh – 9 March 1924 at North Berwick, East Lothian) was one of the most successful early professional golfers. He became a distinguished golf teacher, golf course designer and manufacturer of golf clubs and equipment.

After moving to Haddington with his family at the age of 12, Sayers began to play golf after being given a club by his uncle. He was short at 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) but strong, and on the verge of becoming a professional acrobat when he began to take golf seriously.

He moved to North Berwick and after enjoying success in competitions at Dunbar, Hoylake and other courses he took up ballmaking, and also began to enter The Open Championship. He came second in The Open on two occasions, but although he won 24 top-level tournaments he never lifted the “Old Claret Jug”.  But wait, there´s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Tom McBroom

Aug 26th

Tom McBroom

Thomas McBroom, (born September 17, 1952) is an award-winning Canadian golf course architect.His work, while heavily centred in Canada, has grown to include golf courses in Europe and The Caribbean.

He is the principal and founder of Thomas McBroom Associates Ltd., a Toronto-based landscape architecture firm specializing in golf course design. McBroom holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) from the University of Guelph. He is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.

Over the course of his career, six of his designs have been named by Golf Digest as Best New Canadian Course; The Links at Crowbush Cove in 1994, The Lake Joseph Club near Port Carling, ON in 1997, Bell Bay GC on Cape Breton Island, NS in 1998 and Timberwolf GC in Sudbury, ON in 2000, The Ridge at Manitou in 2005, and Tobiano in 2008.

Twelve of his courses were ranked among the Top-100 courses in Canada by SCORE Golf magazine with the Links at Crowbush Cove on Prince Edward Island, and Beacon Hall in Aurora, ON in the Top-10.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: William Herbert Fowler

Aug 19th

William Herbert Fowler

William Herbert Fowler (28 May 1856 – 13 April 1941), also known as Bill Fowler and Herbert Fowler, was an English amateur cricketer who played 26 first-class cricket matches during the 1880s, principally for Somerset County Cricket Club. He was an all-rounder who was best known for his big-hitting when batting. He was also a famous golf course architect, and designed Walton Heath Golf Club among many others in the United Kingdom and United States.

Cricket dominated Fowler’s free time during his early years, and he played golf for the first time in 1879, aged 23 after a business trip to Bideford, Devon. A Royal Navy Captain took him to a course at Westward Ho!. He played the game with borrowed clubs, but after enjoying it he became a member of the club and continued to play. He won the handicap prize in the club’s autumn tournament, but his cricketing commitments curtailed his involvement in the game during the 1880s. He returned to the game a decade later, winning a medal at Westward Ho!, playing as a scratch golfer.   But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Mike Strantz

Aug 12th

Mike Strantz

Mike Strantz (May 27, 1955 – June 10, 2005) was an American golf course architect based out of South Carolina. In 2000, he was named as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Golf Architects of All Time” by Golfweek magazine.

Strantz was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Walbridge.He graduated from Michigan State University in 1978 with a degree in turf grass management. He began his career working on the grounds crew at Inverness Club in Toledo where Tom Fazio was preparing the course for the 1979 U.S. Open.

Fazio noticed that Strantz had a gift for the work and was invited to join his construction crew in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Moss Creek Plantation.

Strantz continued to work for eight additional years as an on-site designer for Fazio’s Links and Harbour courses at Wild Dunes near Charleston, Lake Nona, Wade Hampton Club, Osprey Point on Kiawah Island and Black Diamond Ranch in Florida among others.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Wilfrid Reid

Aug 5th

Wilfrid Reid

Wilfrid Ewart “Wilfie” Reid (3 November 1884 – 24 November 1973) was an English professional golfer and golf course designer. Reid was born in Bulwell, Nottingham, England, and died in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. Reid studied club and ball making under Tommy Armour’s father, Willie, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

A scratch golfer at 15, Reid turned professional at 17 and was a protégé of Harry Vardon who helped him get a club professional job at La Boulie Golf Club in Versailles, France, in 1901 for roughly five years. He later was the professional at Banstead Downs Golf Club in Sutton, London, England, for roughly nine years and a successful tournament player.

Reid was a fine competitive golfer despite being small of stature, and he beat his mentor, Vardon, on several occasions, was never short of confidence. In 1913 Reid visited America with Vardon and Ted Ray where they played in a number of tournaments including the famous 1913 U.S. Open in which he tied for 16th. Reid tied Vardon for the 2nd round lead and played with Francis Ouimet in the 3rd round. In 1915 he tied 10th. His best finish in the U.S. Open was a T-4 in 1916.

In 1915 Reid immigrated to America at the invitation of Clarence H. Geist to be golf professional at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey, after the outbreak of World War I. He later, at the suggestion of the DuPont family, became the golf professional at the Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Delaware. He became a member of the PGA of America in 1917 and was appointed to the national PGA Executive Committee as a vice president at large, a position he held for two years.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: John Fought

Jul 29th

John Fought

John Fought III (born January 28, 1954) is an American golf course architect and professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Champions Tour.

Fought was born in Portland, Oregon. His grandmother started him playing golf at age 7.Fought attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he was a distinguished member of the golf team for four years; he helped the Cougars win four titles at the Cougar Classic, four WAC Championships, and 29 tournament titles overall during his college career.

Also during that time, Fought was ranked number one by Golf Digest and won the 1977 U.S. Amateur.He played on the 1976 Eisenhower Trophy and 1977 Walker Cup teams. He turned professional in 1977 and joined the PGA Tour in 1978.

Fought played on the PGA Tour full-time from 1979–1985. He has a dozen top-10 finishes including two back-to-back wins in September 1979. He received the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award in 1979. His best finish in a major was a solo 5th at the 1983 PGA Championship.  But wait, there´s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Allan Robertson

Jul 22nd

Allan Robertson

Allan Robertson (11 September 1815 – 1 September 1859) was a golfer, considered one of the first professional golfers. He was born in St Andrews, Scotland, the “home of golf”.

In the mid-19th century golf was played mainly by well-off gentlemen, as hand-crafted clubs and balls were expensive. Professionals made a living from playing for bets, caddying, ball and club making, and instruction. Robertson was the most famous of these pros. Tradition has it that Robertson himself was never beaten as an individual when playing for money.

He sometimes played at less than his ability in order to minimize the odds he had to give to opponents. Robertson is generally regarded as being the best golfer from 1843 onwards, even after the arrival of the Park and Morris families. Robertson defeated Willie Dunn Sr. of Musselburgh, who was generally recognized as the top player, in a grand challenge match in 1843; the two played 20 rounds over 10 days, with Robertson coming out on top.Indeed, Robertson was the first to score below 80 on the Old Course at St Andrews, which he did the year before his death, playing a guttie ball.

Robertson was considered the premier ball and club maker of the time, and exported his merchandise all over the world. It was a lucrative trade with an ever-increasing market. The business was originally set up by his grandfather, who passed it down to his son before Robertson himself finally inherited it. Today a Robertson ball carrying his stamp Allan is highly prized by collectors.  But wait, there’s more…

Golf Architects/Designers: Tony Cashmore

Jul 17th

Tony Cashmore

Antony (Tony) John Brooke Cashmore (born 1 May 1942 in Melbourne, Australia) is a well-known Australian golf course architect. He is a past President of the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects.

Having graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Melbourne in 1970,Tony began to specialise in golf course design over 30 years ago. In his younger days, Tony played off a single figure handicap at Kew Golf Club, a club at which he has been a member for over 50 years. Some of his early golf course designs include Goonawarra Golf Club, Melton Golf Club, Bright Golf Club and Yarrambat Park Golf Club all in Victoria, Australia and McCracken Country Club in South Australia.

Tony Cashmore – McCracken Country Club

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