Arthur Hills

Full Name
Arthur Wright Hills
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Year of Birth
1930
Year of Death
2021 (aged 91)
Place Born
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Place Died
Sylvania, Ohio, USA

After more than 50 years in the golf course architecture business, the "Arthur Hills" name is synonymous with designs that are beautiful, fun to play, and classic in their character and strategy. With over 200 new course designs and a similar number of renovation master plans, his knowledge and experience in the profession are seldom matched. ASGCA

Arthur Hills started playing golf when he was seven. He lived just across the railroad tracks from Ottawa Park Golf Course – a municipal course built around 1900 where he could play golf for 26 cents before noon – in Toledo, Ohio.

He had no thoughts of a career in golf, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1953 with a degree in Agriculture which would be of use when entering his grandfather’s prosperous agricultural business.

While attending university, he worked at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, close to Dexter, where his parents had moved to in 1945. At the golf course, he worked as a labourer on the grounds crew for a few seasons.

He had enrolled the Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Natural Resources in the University of Michigan for the purpose of setting himself apart from other contractors and to advance his career, not to become an architect.

As Arthur said later, “what I learned at U of M provided me the tools to become a capable golf course designer because I already understood much about the game from playing and working on golf courses.”

He also studied Business at the University of Toledo without ever intending to gain a degree, only seeking to gain knowledge in that particular area, as he was working during the day in his landscape contracting business and attending classes at night.

The family sold the business in 1957 so he went out on his own that year. As he said, “golf course design just happened, just almost a whim, because I liked course design and thought I could do it. I never considered going to work for another architect".

His first design in 1967 was a ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Arthur Hills

Bay Harbor (Links & Quarry)

36th Michigan - Best in Area

Opened in 1997, the 27-hole facility at Bay Harbor Golf Club has been delighting golfers in the Wolverine State for over a decade. Holes on the Links nine are set along the bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan and the Quarry fairways work their way around an enormous shale quarry.

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Bighorn (Mountains)

72nd California - Best in Area

An adventurous Arthur Hills design, the Mountains course at Bighorn Golf Club sits high above Palm Desert. It was the venue for the PGA Skins Game in the 1990s when its spectacular site made for some captivating TV golf.

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Boyne Highlands (Arthur Hills)

51st Michigan - Best in Area

The Arthur Hills course at Boyne Highlands Resort was the last of the four 18-hole layouts to be unveiled at an impressive golf facility. Not only is it the newest course here, it’s also the longest and toughest.

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Camelback (Padre)

60th Arizona - Best in Area

A strategic design which brings several lakes into play, the Padre course at the 36-hole Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is a Red Lawrence layout from 1970 that was substantially renovated by Arthur Hills in the late 1990s.

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Catawba Island

75th Ohio - Best in Area

William J. Rockefeller laid out the first golf course on Catawba Island in 1928, but the course in play today at the Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton is a 2008 Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest creation, which skirts around a residential development near the shores of Lake Erie.

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Chaska Town

26th Minnesota - Best in Area

Set within a massive 285-acre property encompassing oak groves, open prairie and marshlands, the Chaska Town Course is owned and operated by the local municipal authority.

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Chevy Chase

6th Maryland - Best in Area

Donald Ross established the 18-hole golf course at the Chevy Chase Club in 1910 but Charles Alison completely reworked the layout in 1922 and a number of architectural revisions followed down the years.

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Chicago Highlands

31st Illinois - Best in Area

The Arthur Hills-designed course at Chicago Highlands Club is one of the many sporting amenities available at the first family-friendly country club to open in the western suburbs of the Windy City in more than 80 years.

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Clovernook

70th Ohio - Best in Area

William Langford set out the 18 holes at Clovernook Country Club in the early 1920s and the layout has since been renovated by both William Diddel and Arthur Hills. It was also an LPGA tour stop from 1965 to 1968.

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Arthur Hills Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 James VanArsdall Courses Played 20
2 David Harak Courses Played 18
3 Steve Starika Courses Played 12
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 12
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 12
6 Billy Satterfield Courses Played 11
= Colin Braithwaite Courses Played 11
= Keith Burdette Courses Played 11
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 11
10 M. James Ward Courses Played 10