C. H. Alison

Full Name
Charles Hugh Alison
Year of Birth
1882
Year of Death
1952 aged 70
Place Born
Preston, Lancashire, England
Place Died
Johannesburg, South Africa

Known as Hugh to his friends, he famously pitched onto the 18th green at Woking from the clubhouse verandah roof. He later became the first Secretary at Stoke Poges and to this day, large, steep-faced bunkers in Japan are referred to as ‘Alisons’.

Hugh Alison, as he was known to his friends, was educated in Worcestershire at Malvern College before going on to study history, law and divinity at New College, Oxford. He represented the university in the 1903 and 1904 Varsity matches and in the second of these contests, he famously pitched onto the 18th green at Woking from the clubhouse verandah roof.

Alison’s sporting prowess also extended to the cricket pitch, where he played first class matches for Somerset. With all this extracurricular activity away from the cloisters, it’s perhaps no great surprise that he never completed his studies. In fact, after being sent home several times, he was eventually expelled from the college.

He reached the fourth round of the Amateur Championship in 1906 and it’s thought this was the year he became involved with Harry Colt’s design firm. Colt was the architect for the new course at Stoke Poges Golf Club and Alison became the club’s first secretary in 1908, earning £13.6s.8d a month plus a small accommodation allowance.

Whilst there, he assisted Colt with the design of several courses in the Greater London area before The Great War intervened, which saw him become an Army captain working in ciphers. When hostilities ceased, Alison was assigned to North America to drum up business, designing more than twenty new courses during a nine-year tenure on the other side of the Atlantic.

Regarding his time spent in the United States and Canada during the 1920s, Henry Lord and Peter Pugh in Masters of Design – Great Courses of Colt, MacKenzie, Alison & Morrison wrote: “His eye-catching bunkering, often severely large and deep in equal measure, can call for courageous shot...

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Aldeburgh (Championship)

1st Suffolk - Best in Area 49th England Ranking

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Ascona

4th Switzerland Ranking

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Bob O'Link

13th Illinois - Best in Area

The all-male membership at Bob O’Link Golf Club plays on a course designed by Donald Ross in 1916 and completely renovated eight years later by C.H. Alison when additional land became available.

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Briarwood Country Club

51st Illinois - Best in Area

Founded as Briergate Country Club in 1921, when C. H. Alison set out the original golf course, the club was renamed as Briarwood Country Club in 1958. The Illinois Open was held here for the first time in more than fifty years in 2017.

Bryanston

15th Gauteng - Best in Area 44th South Africa Ranking

Bryanston plays very long (7,400 yards from the back markers) and the tone is set for the round with back-to-back par fives at the opening two holes.

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Burning Tree Club

8th Maryland - Best in Area

The course built by Toomey & Flynn Contracting Engineers to a design by C. H. Alison at the private, all-male Burning Tree Club in Bethesda made its debut in 1923.

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Century Country Club

35th New York - Best in Area

Century Country Club was formed in 1898, but its current course dates back to 1924 when Harry Colt’s partner, C.H. Alison, designed it.

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Chevy Chase

7th 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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Country Club of Detroit

17th Michigan - Best in Area

The Country Club of Detroit commissioned Harry Colt to design the golf course at Grosse Pointe Farms in 1912. Robert Trent Jones Snr remodelled it half a century later, prior to the club hosting the 1954 US Amateur...

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