Bob Cupp

Full Name
Robert Erhard Cupp
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Year of Birth
Year of Death
2016 (aged 76)
Place Born
Lewistown, Pennsylvania, USA
Place Died
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Bob formed his own firm in 1984. Since that time, his courses have hosted over fifty national and international tournaments, including seven major championships. In 1992, Golf World Magazine named Bob the first ever Golf Architect of the Year, an unprecedented award...

Bob graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Art in 1961 before serving with the military at Fort Richardson in Alaska. During his term of service, he earned a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Alaska through an Army extension program then moved back to Miami with his wife and young family.

He had visions of becoming a Tour pro but settled for a job in an advertising agency then took over the pro shop at a local public course, where he became involved in making course improvements. In 1968, he designed a second nine at the Homestead Air Force Base, which was quickly followed by the layout at Costa del Sol, next to the Trump National Doral complex.

Cupp studied agronomy at Dade Community College, gaining an associate degree in turf management, and started a golf design business in Miami. He remained active on the art front, illustrating the classic baseball instruction book, “The Science of Hitting” by Ted Williams. The book’s co-author was a Sports Illustrated writer named John Underwood, who introduced Bob to Jack Nicklaus.

In 1971, the year the baseball book was published, Cupp joined Jack’s newly formed design firm, Golden Bear, and he remained as the firm’s senior designer for more than fifteen years. When he left to form his own company, Bob was joined by Billy Fuller (a former superintendent at Augusta National) as a design associate and agronomist specialist and over twenty years the two men worked together on almost a hundred courses.

A list of “Cupp’s Greatest Hits” includes the likes of Liberty National in New Jersey, both courses at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon, Old Waverly in Mississippi,...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Bob Cupp

Ansley (Settindown Creek)

14th Georgia - Best in Area

Formed by Bob Cupp in 1988, the front nine holes on the Settindown Creek course at Ansley Golf Club lie alongside Little River with the back nine routed over more elevated terrain.


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Beacon Hall

6th Ontario - Best in Area 12th Canada Ranking

Beacon Hall Golf Club is a private, 18-hole course contained within a 265-acre site which is located on the Oak Ridges Moraine, a thirty-minute drive north of Toronto.


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Big Sky

8th British Columbia - Best in Area 47th Canada Ranking

Big Sky Golf and Country Club is located a 35 minute drive north of the Whistler resort at Pemberton, British Columbia, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Currie.


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Council Fire

16th Tennessee - Best in Area

Once the preserve of the Cherokees, the 1992 Bob Cupp-designed course at Council Fire Golf Club is named after the legendary stones that once encircled the tribe's council fire.


12th Oregon - Best in Area

One of the main sporting attractions at Sunriver Resort is the Crosswater golf course which lies 15 miles south of Bend in central Oregon...


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Deerhurst (Highlands)

45th Ontario - Best in Area 77th Canada Ranking

The Highlands golf course at the Deerhurst Resort is classically well-balanced with granite outcrops, dramatic elevation changes, exciting elevated tees and dense, mature woodland...


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Desert Highlands

3rd Arizona - Best in Area

Lyle Anderson contracted Jack Nicklaus to build a course around a sizeable Scottsdale residential development in the early 1980s and the Golden Bear with his senior designer Bob Cupp duly obliged...


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Druid Hills

32nd Georgia - Best in Area

The 18-hole layout at Druid Hills Golf Club dates back to 1912, when Englishman Herbert Hayden Barker set out the course. Host venue for the US Women’s Open in 1951, it was most recently renovated by Bob Cupp in 2003.


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East Sussex National (East)

11th Sussex - Best in Area

Gordon Brand Jnr. and David Gilford won the European Opens here in 1993 and 1994 respectively. It will come as no surprise to hear that East Sussex National’s East course is a big tournament layout.


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Bob Cupp Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 David Harak Courses Played 16
2 Jon Gillman Courses Played 15
3 Cory Lewis Courses Played 14
4 Bob McCoy Courses Played 13
5 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 12
6 Marc Bender Courses Played 10
7 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 8
8 Andy Troeger Courses Played 7
= Mark White Courses Played 7
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 7