Graham Marsh

Full Name
Graham Vivian ‘Swampy’ Marsh
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Year of Birth
1944
Place Born
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

“Our portfolio of Golf Course Projects is currently represented throughout sixteen countries. These include the very traditional inland links of Sutton Bay in the USA, to the serene parkland golf courses of Hua Tang in Beijing and Jura in Germany, the beautifully manicured Resorts such as Fairways and Bluewater in the Philippines and Sutera Harbour in Malaysia.” From the Graham Marsh Golf Design website.

Graham Marsh, nicknamed “Swampy,” was a fine cricketer as a young man – his younger brother Rodney was a batsman/wicket-keeper for Australia from 1970 to 1984 – and he trained as a mathematics teacher at Claremont Teachers College after graduating from the University of Western Australia.

He turned professional in 1969 and was a leading player on the Australasian, Japanese and European tours during the 1970s and 1980s, winning over sixty tournaments – including the Heritage Classic on the PGA Tour in 1977 – during a successful playing career. Graham also competed on the Champions Tour, claiming victory in the 1997 US Senior Open.

A former chairman of the PGA Tour of Australasia, Graham was awarded an MBE in 1984 for services to golf. Two years later, he formed Graham Marsh Golf Design and his new career as a golf course architect was soon up and running.

The company’s early projects during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s were concentrated in Australia, and new designs such as Secret Harbour, Terrey Hills and The Vines are still as well regarded now as when they were first introduced to the golfing public more than twenty years ago.

Marsh has also worked extensively in China and Japan, with around ten courses to his name in those countries. A similar number can also be found in southeast Asia, primarily in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Undoubtedly, Graham’s most high profile designs are in the United States, where he fashioned the cliff top course at Sutton Bay in Agar, South Dakota, overlooking the tranquil waters of Lake Oahe. This layout opened in 1999 and within a year the architect had picked up another couple...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Graham Marsh

Cottesloe

9th Western Australia - Best in Area 81st Australia Ranking

The Perth suburb of Cottesloe – famed for its beaches, cafés and relaxed lifestyle – is where the Cottesloe Golf Club was formed in 1908.

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Eynesbury

36th Victoria - Best in Area 91st Australia Ranking

Eynesbury is yet another modern golf course to arrive on the Australian golfing scene from the critically acclaimed Graham Marsh design studio.

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Gosnells

20th Western Australia - Best in Area

Founded in 1945 at Canning Vale, Gosnells Golf Club is one of Perth’s finest courses that somehow glides silently under the radar. Why? We’re not sure, but if you are looking for a quality test on a layout that drains well and plays as firm and fast as most sandbelt layouts, look no further.

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Habsberg

8th South East Germany - Best in Area 38th Germany Ranking

Graham Marsh, one of Australia’s most successful golfers, designed the course at Golf Club Am Habsberg and Colin Montgomerie opened the new layout with a cracking drive...

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Kalgoorlie

6th Western Australia - Best in Area 67th Australia Ranking 92nd Oceania Ranking

A primitive course was established by Goldfields Golf Club members in 1899 and the club is still going strong, operating nowadays from the new Graham Marsh-designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course, which opened in 2010.

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Kingfisher

2nd Northern Mariana Islands Ranking 75th Oceania Ranking

Situated on a spectacular stretch of Saipan’s eastern shoreline, Kingfisher Golf Links is a glorious Graham Marsh design that caresses the outline of the coast...

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Kuneticka Hora

15th Czech Republic Ranking

Laid out on a plain beneath Mount Kunìtická, a cone-shaped hill topped by a 15th-century castle ruin, the Kuneticka Hora fairways spread out round three large lakes on an imposing 350-acre site.

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Minnehaha

4th South Dakota - Best in Area

Formed in 1905, Minnehaha’s course was designed by William Langford and Theodore Moreau in 1922. Not much changed with the layout over many years until the local authorities in Sioux Falls embarked on a major flood prevention civil engineering project in 2010...

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North Lakes

23rd Queensland - Best in Area

The holes at North Lakes Golf Club are routed round water hazards and well placed bunkers as found on many resort course but fairways are not as forgiving as might be expected...

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Palmer Gold Coast

20th Queensland - Best in Area

Graham Marsh has participated in more than twenty Australian golf course projects and the 18-hole resort layout at Robina Woods Golf Club, now known as Palmer Gold Coast, was one of his first commissions as an architect...

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