Fred G. Hawtree

Full Name
Frederick George Hawtree
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Year of Birth
1883
Year of Death
1955 (aged 72)
Place Born
Ealing, Middlesex, England
Place Died
Hayes, Kent, England

Photo of Fred G. Hawtree (right) and J.H. Taylor (left). “Hawtree was responsible for the day-to-day details and design work, while Taylor handled early interviews with clients and appeared at official openings." Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten

Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record. Started by Frederick George Hawtree in 1912, the design firm was then operated by his son Frederick William Hawtree after World War II until grandson Martin Grant Hawtree took over the reins in the early 1980s.

Grandfather Fred Hawtree’s involvement with golf saw him start out as a greenkeeper at Sundridge Park in Surrey and it was here in November 1910 that James Braid suggested a program of revisions to the course which had been laid out seven years earlier by Willie Park Jr.

According to the book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses by John F. Moreton and Iain Cumming, “Braid made ‘substantial alterations to three holes’ and added forty eight bunkers which Fred Hawtree put in place, their first and not last collaboration.”

The two men worked together again in 1912 on a new layout at Croham Hurst Golf Club, eight miles to the southwest of Sundridge Park, with Golf Illustrated reporting that the new course would have greens on “absolutely modern lines and bunkers like fortifications, all under the joint supervision of James Braid and F Hawtree.”

After serving with the Army during World War I, Fred worked on his own for a short while before teaming up with J. H. Taylor, another member of the “Great Triumvirate,” in 1922. In The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten, the authors describe this partnership as follows:

“Hawtree was responsible for the day-to-day details and design work, while Taylor handled early interviews with clients and appeared at official openings. At one time Hawtree had four highly regarded Irish foreman (Regan, Ryan,...

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Addington Palace

36th Surrey - Best in Area

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Arklow

8th Wicklow - Best in Area 67th Ireland Ranking

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Ashburnham

2nd West Wales - Best in Area 8th Wales Ranking

Bernhard Gallacher picked up his first pay cheque at Ashburnham Golf Club when he won the 1969 Schweppes PGA Championship.

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Athlone

1st Roscommon - Best in Area

Although Athlone Golf Club was founded in 1892, the club moved home twice before settling here at Hodson Bay in 1938.

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Båstad (Gamla)

32nd Sweden Ranking

Founded in 1930, Båstad Golfkubb engaged the then leading architectural firm of Fred Hawtree and JH Taylor to construct the Gamla (Old) course and it’s now considered to be the second oldest 18-hole layout in the country.

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Bigbury

15th Devon - Best in Area

Bigbury Golf Club is perched high on the cliffs where fickle sea breezes and panoramic views across to Burgh Island making the golf both challenging and arresting.

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Boyce Hill

13th Essex - Best in Area

Boyce Hill Golf Club, as the name implies, is one of the hilliest courses in Essex where you’ll be presented with plenty of awkward stances and fine views. Playing to handicap on this charming 6,003-yard parkland course is more difficult than it may seem.

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Brookmans Park

21st Hertfordshire - Best in Area

Set in densely wooded and undulating parkland, Brookmans Park Golf Club, founded in 1930, represents a fair but challenging test of golf in delightful surroundings.

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Chigwell

6th Essex - Best in Area

F.G. Hawtree and J.H. Taylor designed the course at Chigwell Golf Club in 1924 and little has changed since then. The 6,296-yard course is routed across undulating parkland… it’s a thoroughly engaging experience.

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Croham Hurst

43rd Surrey - Best in Area

Croham Hurst Golf Club was Frederick George Hawtree’s inaugural design, which he laid out in cooperation with James Braid in 1912. Situated near Croydon, it remains a highly respected members’ course.

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