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 could play a bit (reaching the fourth round of The Amateur Championship in 1906) and a career in golf soon opened up for him after leaving Oxford when he became the secretary of Foxrock Golf Club in Dublin. He was there for only a short time before returning to England to become the first secretary of Stoke Poges Golf Club (with its new course designed by Harry Colt) 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: “...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by C. H. Alison

Aldeburgh (Championship)

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Ascona

6th Switzerland Ranking

Golf Club Patriziale Ascona was founded in the late 1920s as Golf Club Ascona-Locarno and the course is owned and run by the local city fathers.

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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.

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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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Canoe Brook (South)

Gem USA - Best in Area

Canoe Brook Country Club dates back to 1901 and the South course, designed by C.H. Alison, followed in 1924. Records suggest that the South course was the stage for the 1936 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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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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C. H. Alison Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 25
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 21
3 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 19
4 David Harak Courses Played 14
5 James Gold Courses Played 13
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 13
7 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 10
8 stuart mcclymont Courses Played 9
= Joshua Asher Courses Played 9
= Cory Lewis Courses Played 9