Guy Campbell

Full Name
Guy Colin Campbell
Year of Birth
Year of Death
1960 (aged76)
Place Born
London, England
Place Died
Irvington, Virginia, USA

“Campbell joined the staff of the London Times in 1920 as a special correspondent and later as editor of sports under the legendary Bernard Darwin. He also wrote countless magazine articles on golf and several books. Most notable was his contribution to A History of Golf in Britain (1952) edited by Darwin." From "The Golf Course" by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten.

Sir Guy Campbell was the great grandson of Robert Chambers, the early British golf historian and co-designer of the original 9-hole course at Royal Liverpool. Like his father, he was educated at Eton and the University of St Andrews, excelling at both rowing and cricket.

He was also a fine golfer, winning a number of medals in competition at St Andrews and he was a semi-finalist in the 1907 Amateur Championship at the Old Course, when John Ball claimed the sixth of his eight titles that year.

Campbell served in the infantry during the Great War and was wounded in action. He also enlisted during World War II with the Royal Rifle Corps, despite the fact that he was in his fifties by that time.

Guy started working alongside S.V. Hotchkin and C.K. Hutchison in the mid 1920s when the "Three Majors" formed a new company called Links and Courses to deal with a variety of golf course issues, including design, construction and maintenance.

Campbell, a family friend, was called in to help with the business, even though his experience outside golf journalism at The Times extended only as far as assisting Hutchison with a putting course at Hurlingham polo ground and rebuilding the coastal course at Wimereux, near Boulogne, in France.

He was a founding member of the International Society of Golf Architects, along with architects such as John Abercromby, C.H. Alison, Harry Colt, Herbert Fowler, Alister MacKenzie, Philip Mackenzie Ross and Tom Simpson. Formed in 1929, the society operated from secretary Tom Simpson’s office at his home in England.

Until the company dissolved in 1931, Links and Courses designed and built several layouts in the south of England, ...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Guy Campbell


3rd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 87th England Ranking

The enchanting Ashridge Golf Club is set amongst thousands of acres of National Trust-owned woodland. The scene is set as you drive to the clubhouse.


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2nd Herefordshire - Best in Area

The Herefordshire Golf Club was founded in 1896 but moved home a few times before settling into its current parkland site at Ravens Causeway in 1932. The par four 8th is the toughest hole… a potential card-wrecker.


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7th Netherlands Ranking 32nd Continental Europe Ranking

Hilversumsche Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the Netherlands but thankfully you can still get a midweek game if you book in advance.


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The layout at Noord-Nederlandse Golf & Country Club was established by Guy Campbell in 1954 then extended to eighteen holes by Frank Pennink in the early 1980s. A decade later, Donald Steel carried out further course modifications.


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6th Yorkshire - Best in Area

The charming course at Pannal Golf Club enjoys lovely views over the North Yorkshire moors and on a clear day to York Minster.


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Prince’s (Himalayas)

7th Kent - Best in Area

Measuring 3,618 yards from the tips, the re-imagined Himalayas nine is considered by many to be the best of the three loops at Prince’s Golf Club. According to Tony Jacklin, the 7th hole is “the best par three in golf that doesn’t have a bunker”.


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Guy Campbell Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 13
2 Michael Verity Courses Played 11
= Tim Elliott Courses Played 11
= Nigel Thorpe Courses Played 11
5 Steven Hulse Courses Played 10
= Matt Stables Courses Played 10
= Malcolm Baker Courses Played 10
= Keith Baxter Courses Played 10
= James Reader Courses Played 10
= Ed Battye Courses Played 10