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. In 1987, Ross Watson and Cameron Sinclair joined Marsh's newly formed company and they remained as associates until leaving to form their own company, Sinclair in 1990 and Watson a year later.

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 fashi...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Graham Marsh

Cottesloe

8th Western Australia - Best in Area 66th 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 98th 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

17th 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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Growling Frog

51st Victoria - Best in Area

Opened for play in 2004, the Growling Frog Golf Course was Graham Marsh’s first design in Victoria. Fairways are routed around mature River Red Gum trees within an expansive 300-acre property that offers spectacular views of the Dividing Ranges.

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Habsberg

13th South East Germany - Best in Area 49th 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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Horizons

32nd New South Wales - Best in Area

Surrounded by natural bushland, the course at Horizons Golf Resort is a Graham March and Ross Watson collaboration, with boardwalks guiding golfers around natural wetland areas at some of the holes on a very eco-diverse layout.

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Kalgoorlie

5th Western Australia - Best in Area 48th 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

19th 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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Maroochy River

21st Queensland - Best in Area

Horton Park Golf Club upped sticks from Maroochydore in 2016 after drafting in Graham Marsh to fashion a layout at Bli Bli on the banks of the Maroochy River. Hey presto, a brand new links-inspired course opened for the fledgling membership of the Maroochy River Golf Club.

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Graham Marsh Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kevin P Courses Played 18
2 Brendan James Courses Played 17
3 Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 16
= Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 16
5 Peter Wood Courses Played 14
= Scarlett Courses Played 14
7 Tyson Flynn Courses Played 10
8 Ian Pemberton Courses Played 9
= Ian Greenwood Courses Played 9
= Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 9