Harry Colt

Full Name
Henry Shapland "Harry" Colt
Year of Birth
1869
Year of Death
1951 (aged 82)
Place Born
Highgate, London, England
Place Died
East Hendred, Oxfordshire, England

Such is the capricious nature of ceremonial awards, Harry Colt is shamefully absent from the World Golf Hall of Fame despite the inclusion of a number of his contemporaries.

Harry Colt was the youngest of six children born to a solicitor father who died when he was only two years old. His mother then moved the family from London to Malvern, where he played golf at Worcestershire Golf Club’s original course on the common, becoming a proficient, plus-handicap player.

After attending Monkton Combe School in Bath, Colt studied law at Clare College, Cambridge. Twelve months after his 1887 enrolment, he joined the committee of the Cambridge University Golf Club and in 1889 became the club's first captain. After graduation he was admitted to the bar, becoming a solicitor and partner in the Hastings law firm of Sayer & Colt.

In 1894 he laid out the new course at Rye with Scottish professional Douglas Rolland and in 1895 was appointed Honorary Secretary of Rye Golf Club with Rolland becoming the club’s first professional. Between 1901 and 1913, Colt served as Sunningdale Golf Club’s first Secretary. Interestingly, when he first took up his appointment at Sunningdale his annual salary was £150.00, about a tenth of what he would have earned had he remained in the legal profession.

In 1907, twelve months after he reached the semi-final of the Amateur Championship, Dr Alister MacKenzie (the first Honorary Secretary at Alwoodley Golf Club) called upon Colt to help him design a new course on the outskirts of Leeds, and the doctor later joined C.H. Alison becoming Colt’s second business partner. Two years later, Colt’s new course opened at Stoke Park, framed by the iconic backdrop of the 18th century mansion house, designed by James Wyatt, architect to King George III.

His “least bad course”, Swinley Forest, quietly opened for play in 1911. Au...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Harry Colt

Aldeburgh (Championship)

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Alnmouth

7th Northumberland - Best in Area

Located close to the North Sea, the historic Alnmouth Golf Club is the fourth oldest in England. The current course is routed in two nine-hole loops that were laid out by Harry Colt.

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Alwoodley

2nd Yorkshire - Best in Area 15th England Ranking 41st Britain & Ireland Ranking

The Alwoodley Golf Club is home to one of the finest and most subtle inland courses in the British Isles, located in a secluded spot.

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Barton-on-Sea (Becton & Needles)

10th Hampshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1897, Barton-on-Sea Golf Club now boasts three loops of nine (Becton, Needles and Stroller) and the holes are an amalgam from the drawing boards of the late architects, Harry Colt and J. Hamilton Stutt.

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Bath

2nd Somerset - Best in Area

Set out on a former stone quarry that operated on high ground overlooking the town, Bath Golf Club is blessed with free-draining soil...

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Beaconsfield

4th Buckinghamshire - Best in Area 95th England Ranking

Harry Colt, perhaps the best golf architect of all time, designed the course at Beaconsfield Golf Club in 1913 and the clubhouse is architecturally special too.

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Belvoir Park

4th Down - Best in Area 10th Northern Ireland Ranking

With undulating, lush fairways and avenues of trees, Belvoir Park Golf Club is quite rightly regarded as one of the best inland courses in Northern Ireland.

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Berkhamsted

6th Hertfordshire - Best in Area

If you like golf as Nature intended, or if sand bunker play is not a strong part of your game, you’ll love it here at Berkhamsted Golf Club...

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Harry Colt Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 102
2 Ed Battye Courses Played 63
3 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 56
4 Keith Baxter Courses Played 48
5 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 42
6 Jim McCann Courses Played 38
7 David Baxter Courses Played 37
8 RM61 Courses Played 37
9 Bob McCoy Courses Played 36
10 James Pinkstone Courses Played 36