Bob Harrison

Full Name
Robert William Harrison
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Year of Birth
1949
Place Born
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

"Since leaving Greg Norman's company, Harrison has established his own private golf design business, offering the same high-quality design services but without the steep Norman signature fee. His most notable solo course is the spectacular Ardfin course in Scotland, on the remote island of Jura.” Darius Oliver

Bob Harrison was educated at St Ignatius College in Sydney before graduating from the University of Sydney with a degree in Civil Engineering. His final year thesis was written about a golf-residential project for the Lend Lease Corporation and he spent more than a decade with that company on golf-residential work and commercial project management.

In 1988, Bob joined the newly formed Greg Norman Golf Course Design firm and for the following twenty years – until his departure in 2009 – he was the lead architect for all of the Great White Shark’s Asian and Australian golf course projects.

The first project Harrison completed was at The Grand, or Gilston Golf Club as it was originally called, in 1990. Not long after the 18-hole layout opened for play, it abruptly closed due to financial issues with the owners, so nobody saw the course until it was taken out of hibernation several years later.

Meanwhile, Bob was working in Asia: at Thana City Country Club outside Bangkok in Thailand; Shiragasi Golf Club near Kobe in Japan; and Nirwana Bali in Indonesia, which was one of the region’s most highly regarded golf facilities before it closed in 2017 for a complete renovation by Phil Mickelson’s design company.

Several Australian commissions all appeared within a very short space of time at the start of the new millennium for Harrison. Three of them debuted on either side of Brisbane – Pelican Waters to the north of the city, along with Sanctuary Cove and The Glades to the south.

Around the same time, the Moonah course at The National Golf Club on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula debuted so the architect obviously indulged in a fair bit ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Bob Harrison

Ardfin

Gem Scotland - Best in Area

Occupying a mainly cliff top location on either side of Jura House, the Ardfin Estate golf course is routed across a rugged landscape of peat and rocks...

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Brookwater

2nd Queensland - Best in Area 28th Australia Ranking 37th Oceania Ranking

The course at Brookwater Golf Club has become quite a talking point in its few short years of existence. It is essentially a public course and therefore receives a good airing with the golfing public.

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Castle Hill

22nd New South Wales - Best in Area

The Castle Hill Country Club lies in the northwest Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills and the 18-hole layout here is a high calibre private member's course...

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Ellerston

2nd New South Wales - Best in Area 8th Australia Ranking 10th Oceania Ranking 81st World Ranking

Ellerston is the course that Greg Norman built for the flamboyant Australian media magnate Kerry Packer, the country's richest man, who sadly died in December 2005 at the age of 68.

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Mission Hills (Norman)

14th China Ranking 86th Asia Ranking

Mission Hills just gets bigger. Now with 216 golf holes, choice is no problem. The Norman course was the 10th layout to open at what is now the largest golf complex in the world.

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Monash

28th New South Wales - Best in Area

Laid out within a bushland setting in the hills above Narrabeen, the course at Monash Country Club is named after Sir John Monash, a famous military commander in World War I, and it’s undergone a recent renovation by Bob Harrison.

National (Moonah)

4th Victoria - Best in Area 10th Australia Ranking 13th Oceania Ranking

The Mornington Peninsula could easily be one long stretch of golf holes and it must have been a challenge for the architects to decide on their routing plan for The National Golf Club's Moonah course.

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Pelican Waters

8th Queensland - Best in Area 63rd Australia Ranking 87th Oceania Ranking

Situated in the Golden Beach area near Caloundra, Pelican Waters Golf Club lies on relatively flat land with creeks coming into play at nearly every hole...

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Riverside Golf Club

13th Java - Best in Area 17th Indonesia Ranking

Designed by Greg Norman and Bob Harrison, the course at Riverside Golf Club is set out within an expansive 220-acre site close to the Cikeas River in the province of West Java.