Martin Hawtree

Full Name
Martin Grant Hawtree
Year of Birth
1947
Place Born
Beckenham, Kent, England

Writing in The Architects of Golf, the authors commented as follows: “While families such as the Dunns and the Maples may have worked longer in the business world of golf in general, the Hawtree dynasty – Frederic G., Fred W. and Martin – was probably involved in the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record, dating from 1912.”

Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record. Currently, Martin Hawtree is the third generation practitioner in a business started by his grandfather, Frederick George Hawtree, more than a hundred years ago. His father, Frederick William Hawtree, ran the firm after World War II before passing on the baton to Martin.

Grandfather Fred Hawtree’s involvement with golf saw him start out as a greenkeeper at Sundridge Park before forming his own construction company in 1912, working mainly with James Braid, with whom he had worked with at Sundridge Park. After serving with the Army during World War I, he resumed his construction business then teamed up with with J. H. Taylor, another of the “Great Triumvirate” in 1922.

Hawtree looked after the technical aspects of the jobs, whilst Taylor handled early meetings with clients and official openings. They had a team of Irish foreman who worked on the construction side of things and, all told, around fifty new layouts were built and another fifty redesigned up until the end of the 1930s.

Hawtree’s son, Frederick William Hawtree, was born in 1916 and educated at Tonbridge School then at Queen’s College, Oxford 1935-38, reading modern languages. During World War II, he served in the Royal Artillery and was held as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese when Java fell in 1942.

The construction part of the Hawtree company was closed when Fred Sr. passed away in 1955, allowing his son to concentrate on golf course design. During the next twenty-five years, around eighty new courses were completed by the company across four continents. Perhaps Fred Jr.’s most famous work was the re-m...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Martin Hawtree

Bearwood Lakes

4th Berkshire - Best in Area 52nd England Ranking

Bearwood Lakes is an oasis of calm and beauty with dramatic views of the whole Bearwood Estate. An exclusive golf club which appears mature beyond its age.

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Blainroe

12th Wicklow - Best in Area 91st Ireland Ranking

Located on cliff tops a few miles along the coast from Wicklow, Hawtree created an 18-hole layout at Blainroe that has matured into one of the best parkland courses on the east coast of Ireland.

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Brampton Park

7th Cambridgeshire - Best in Area

The course at Brampton Park Golf Club is a Martin Hawtree and Simon Gidman design, which opened for play in 1991. Woods and lakes abound, with the fairways winding around an undulating parkland landscape.

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Broomieknowe

28th Lothians - Best in Area

Founded in 1906, the parkland course at Broomieknowe Golf Club was originally laid out by Ben Sayers and then refashioned by James Braid in 1932.

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Carrick-on-Shannon

2nd Roscommon - Best in Area

Founded in 1910, Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club is set on the edge of the Shannon River, but members have only played over the present parkland fairways at Woodbrook since 1944. Martin Hawtree and Marc Westenborg extended the 9-hole course to 18 holes around the turn of the new millennium.

Castlerock (Mussenden)

2nd Londonderry - Best in Area 4th Northern Ireland Ranking

Living in the shadow of its famous neighbours, Portstewart and Royal Portrush, Castlerock Golf Club is every bit as good, and the Mussenden will not disappoint.

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Corhampton

20th Hampshire - Best in Area

The picturesque Corhampton Golf Club was founded in 1891 and is set an area of outstanding natural beauty. Neil Raymond, 2011 Brabazon Trophy winner, is a member here.

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Doncaster

37th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1894, Doncaster Golf Club moved to its present location near Rossington (known as “The Warren”) in 1909 to a layout designed by Alister MacKenzie. Hawtree & Son remodelled the course in 1978 to make way for the M18 motorway.

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Dooks

5th Kerry - Best in Area 26th Ireland Ranking

Dooks Golf Club is a tranquil, engaging and fun golf course. It also provides a true and traditional links experience.

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