Guy Campbell

Full Name
Guy Colin Campbell
Year of Birth
1885
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.

Until the company dissolved in 1931, Links and Courses designed and built several layouts in the south of England, including Ashridge, Warsash, Shoreham, Leeds Castle, and West Sussex. Warash and Shoreham no longer exist but Ashridge remains a well-regarded hilly track laid out across a mix of parkland and woodland terrain.

Leeds Castle is home to a 9-hole course commissioned by Lady Baillie, the last private owner, who used...

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Ashridge

3rd Hertfordshire - Best in Area 73rd England Ranking

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Herefordshire

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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Hilversumsche

6th Netherlands Ranking 34th Continental Europe Ranking

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Pannal

6th Yorkshire - Best in Area

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Prince’s (Himalayas)

6th 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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Royal Cinque Ports

2nd Kent - Best in Area 13th England Ranking 36th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club, or Deal as it is somtimes called, is an absolute brute of a links course. Its back nine, or rather the last seven holes, are relentless...

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