Dan Soutar

Full Name
Daniel Gordon Soutar
Year of Birth
1882
Year of Death
1937 (aged 55)
Place Born
Carmylie, Angus, Scotland
Place Died
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

“Soutar learned golf on the links of Carnoustie, where he watched and mimicked the swings of Freddie Tait, Archie Simpson and Willie Smith. He apprenticed as a carpenter at age 14, but decided early on that he wanted to be a golf professional. Soutar moved to Australia at the urging of his boyhood friend and golf rival Carnegie Clark." The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten

Dan Soutar was the second eldest in a large family of eleven so he was more or less forced to leave school early at the age of 12 to earn a wage and support his siblings. He caddied at Carnoustie then apprenticed at 14 as a cabinet-maker.

Soutar decided to emigrate to South Africa with his golfing chum Jas Scott but whilst en route to their new life they received a cable from another pal, Carnegie Clark, which read: “do not stop in Cape Colony proceed on to Port Jackson, employment arranged.”

Clark had turned professional and was working with Holdsworth McPherson in one of Sydney’s large department stores, promoting the game and selling golf products, so he arranged for his Angus compatriots to join him in Australia.

Soutar would work in a different department, while Scott became the professional, manager and green keeper at Blue Mountains Golf Club, which was Clark’s first course design in 1902.

Three months after stepping onto Australian soil, Dan won the 1903 Australian Amateur Championship, beating another Scotsman, Jim Howden, 3 and 1 in the final. He also won the NSW Amateur that year then repeated the feat twelve months later.

He played in the very first Australian Open in 1904, finishing a commendable third, but he ran away with the event twelve months later at Royal Melbourne, beating his nearest rival by ten strokes. He never won the competition again, finishing runner up in seven of the following nine editions.

Carnegie Clark and Dan Soutar moved to Royal Sydney Golf Club when Clark’s store contract ended in 1905 so he effectively turned professional that year, writing a book on golf entitled The Australian Golfer during the time the...

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Concord Golf Club

8th New South Wales - Best in Area 39th Australia Ranking 52nd Oceania Ranking

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Elanora

12th New South Wales - Best in Area 58th Australia Ranking 81st Oceania Ranking

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Long Reef

29th New South Wales - Best in Area

Dating as far back as 1921, Long Reef Golf Club lies within the Northern Beaches coastal suburbs. Originally designed by Dan Soutar and reconstructed by Eric Apperly after the ravages of the Second World War, Peter Thomson described Long Reef as “the best site of any golf course in Sydney.”

Pymble

23rd New South Wales - Best in Area

Officially opened in 1928, Pymble Golf Club’s 18-hole course was designed by Dan Soutar and Carnegie Clark and refashioned twenty-five years later by Eric Apperley when additional land was acquired, allowing three of the original holes to be eliminated at the expense of more favourable hole locations.