Fred W. Hawtree

Full Name
Frederick William Hawtree
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Year of Birth
1916
Year of Death
2000 (aged 84)
Place Born
Bromley, Kent, England
Place Died
Woodstock, Oxford, England

Fred expanded the firm’s reach into new overseas markets, collaborating with Donald Harradine on a couple of courses in Switzerland and venturing into France and Belgium to work on substantial 36-hole projects at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and Royal Waterloo.

Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record. Started by Frederick George Hawtree in 1912, the design firm was then managed by his son Frederick William Hawtree when he joined the firm in 1938. Grandson Martin Grant Hawtree entered the family business in the early 1970s, taking over operations a decade later.

Educated first at Tonbridge School in Kent then Queen’s College, Oxford, where he read modern languages, Fred immediately became involved in his father’s design firm upon graduation, before World War II suddenly intervened. He served with the Royal Artillery in Indonesia, spending the last few years of the conflict as a Japanese prisoner of war.

The construction part of the Hawtree company was closed down when Fred Senior passed away in 1955, allowing his son to concentrate fully on golf course design under the new Hawtree & Son banner. During the next twenty-five years, around eighty new courses were completed by the company across four continents.

The firm is probably best known during this period on the domestic front for renovations made to Royal Liverpool and Royal Birkdale, though the revamp of the Hillside course next door to Birkdale is also high on the list of major Hawtree achievements.

Fred expanded the firm’s reach into new overseas markets, collaborating with Donald Harradine on a couple of courses in Switzerland and venturing into France and Belgium to work on substantial 36-hole projects at Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and Royal Waterloo.

He also picked up other occasional European commissions in Spain, Portugal and Germany, as well as adding new courses on either side of the border in Ireland at W...

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Abergele

17th North Wales - Best in Area 43rd Wales Ranking

Although Abergele Golf Club was formed in 1910, the current parkland course, set in the ancient Gwyrch Castle estate, dates back to 1968. Architect David Williams recently upgraded the greens to USGA specification.

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Bad Ragaz

8th Switzerland Ranking

The course at Bad Ragaz Golf Club is situated on the floodplain of the River Rhein so the wooded landscape’s a little flat but the impressive mountain surroundings make this one of the most picturesque places to tee it up...

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Bedford & County

6th Bedfordshire - Best in Area

Bedford & County Golf Club is set in mature woodland and is routed across undulating ground. Established in 1912 it’s one of the finest courses in the county.

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Blainroe

15th Wicklow - Best in Area

Located on cliff tops a few miles along the coast from Wicklow, Hawtree created an 18-hole layout at Blainroe that has matured into one of the best parkland courses on the east coast of Ireland.

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Bondues (Hawtree)

30th North East France - Best in Area 68th France Ranking

The “traditionally English” Hawtree course offers a contrasting game of golf to that played on its “American-style” sibling, the Trent Jones layout, at the glorious 36-hole Golf de Bondues club.

Braintree

15th Essex - Best in Area

Located in a delightful rural setting, Braintree Golf Club was founded in 1891. Despite being the third oldest club in Essex, the course in play today was laid out by F.W. Hawtree in 1971 when the club relocated to Stisted.

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Cardigan

5th West Wales - Best in Area 20th Wales Ranking

The course sits high on a hill outside the town of Cardigan, overlooking the Teifi Estuary, with extensive views over Cardigan Bay and along the coast to Ceredigion in the north and Pembrokeshire to the south.

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Chipping Sodbury

13th Gloucestershire - Best in Area

Chipping Sodbury Golf Club may be more than one hundred years old (formed in 1905) but its members have only played on an 18-holer since 1971 when the Fred W. Hawtree-designed Beaufort course first opened.

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Doncaster

37th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1894, Doncaster Golf Club moved to its present location near Rossington (known as “The Warren”) in 1909 to a layout designed by Alister MacKenzie. Hawtree & Son remodelled the course in 1978 to make way for the M18 motorway.

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