Charles Redhead

Full Name
Charles Henry Redhead
Year of Birth
1873
Year of Death
1968 (aged 95)
Place Born
Billesdon, England
Place Died
Rotorua, New Zealand

The English golf course architect, Commander John Harris, was commissioned to make recommendations on the Arikikapakapa layout in 1966. Harris had long discussions with compatriot Redhead, then in his nineties, and came away saying: “That old man has forgotten more about golf course architecture than I will ever know."

Charles Redhead was born in Leicestershire and moved over several county boundaries to Lancashire before leaving England for the Emerald Isle prior to the outbreak of the First World War.

“A talented golfer in Ireland, C. H. Redhead worked until age 50 as an engineer in government service,” wrote Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten in The Architects of Golf, “where, among other accomplishments, he supervised the installation of underground telephone cables throughout Ireland during World War I.”

Redhead achieved prominence as a golfer soon after settling in Ireland. He joined Dun Laoghaire Golf Club (designed by Harry Colt) where his golfing results were initially reported in a newspaper dating back to 1914. Six years later, Redhead was appointed Captain of Dun Laoghaire Golf Club. In 1923, he became involved with the Golfing Union of Ireland (Leinster Branch).

Playing off a handicap of 10, Redhead won the 1924 Veterans Cup at Portmarnock, an event open to non-members. The Veterans Cup competition format, and the trophy he won at Portmarnock, would later become one of his lasting antipodean legacies. Later in 1924, the Kerryman newspaper reported: “Mr. Redhead, a very eminent golf architect, was brought down a fortnight ago to advise generally on the reconstruction of Tralee Links.”

“In 1924 he moved to New Zealand and made his home in Rotorua,” continue Cornish and Whitten. “Eager to test the courses of his newly adopted country, Redhead was appalled at what he found.”

Redhead became a member of the Rotorua Golf Club the same year he arrived in New Zealand and soon became a force to be reckoned with at the club, eventually serving three te...

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