Peter Thomson

Full Name
Peter William Thomson
Year of Birth
Year of Death
2018 (aged 88)
Place Born
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Place Died
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, on hearing of Peter Thomson’s passing, “Peter was a true gentleman and will be forever remembered throughout the world of golf as one of the great champions of our wonderful sport. He was a distinguished Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and will be sorely missed by all of us at The R&A.”

Peter Thomson was the first of four sons born to Arthur Thomson, a signwriter, and Grace Watson, a dressmaker, in the working class suburb of Brunswick, and he learned to play golf as a junior on the 9-hole Royal Park layout across the road from where the family lived.

The course played firm and fast, especially in the hot summers, and Peter developed golfing techniques here that would stand him in good stead later in his professional career on the famous links courses of the British Isles.

At 16 years of age, he became a member at Victoria Golf Club, allowing him to further refine his playing skills.

Thomson achieved a diploma in applied chemistry at Footscray Technical School in Melbourne in 1945 then worked as a rubber technologist for Spalding in Melbourne, designing and producing golf balls, which he tested himself.

In 1949, having won several amateur titles, he decided to turn professional.

Peter’s first professional victory arrived the following year, when he won the 34th edition of the New Zealand Open in Christchurch. Over the following four decades, he secured more than eighty professional tournament victories around the world, with most of them occurring on the Australasian and European tours.

His last professional win came on the European Seniors Tour at North Berwick in 1988, when he prevailed in the PGA Seniors Championship by two stokes from Denis Hutchinson. He’s best remembered, of course, for winning the Open five times between 1954 and 1965 and he also represented Australia at eleven World Cups, winning the 2-man team event twice.

Thomson was president of the Australian PGA from 1962 to 1994. In 1979 he was made a C...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Peter Thomson

Alice Springs

1st Northern Territory - Best in Area

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Ayodhya Links

1st Central Thailand - Best in Area 1st Thailand Ranking 11th Asia Ranking

Formed in 2007 by thirty of Thailand’s wealthiest people, Ayodhya Links is one of the most exclusive golf clubs in Asia. Membership is by invitation so only the great and the good of Thai society mingle in the clubhouse...


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58th Victoria - Best in Area

Formed in 1895, Ballarat Golf Club acquired additional land to construct new holes in 2009. As some of the original layout remains in use, the club claims to still play on the site of the oldest 18-hole course in Australia.


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Bay Views

91st Victoria - Best in Area

Formerly known as Rosebud Park Public Golf Course, Bay Views Golf Course was given a significant new millennium facelift by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett, with holes 11 to 13 in particular reworked by the architects.


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Black Bull

30th Victoria - Best in Area 77th Australia Ranking

Opened for play in June 2015 and designed by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett, the course at Black Bull Golf Club forms an integral part of the Silverwoods Golf & Lifestyle Resort.


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46th Victoria - Best in Area

The 18 holes at the exclusive Capital Golf Club lie less than a mile to the east of the top ranked Kingston Heath Golf Club and they form the ultra-private golfing playground of Lloyd J Williams...


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1st Turkey Ranking 39th Continental Europe Ranking

Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the golf course architecture company founded by five-time Open Champion and Australian golf legend Peter Thomson, designed the course at Carya Golf Club.


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7th Northern India - Best in Area 19th India Ranking

Unveiled in 1962, the 18-hole layout at Chandigarh Golf Club sits on the southern shores of Sukhna Lake, where more than fifty years of tree growth means the course is now a really tight track, requiring pinpoint accuracy on every hole.


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Peter Thomson Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 25
2 Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 23
= Peter Wood Courses Played 23
4 Kevin P Courses Played 22
= Brendan James Courses Played 22
6 Scarlett Courses Played 21
7 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 18
8 Heather wood Courses Played 17
9 Ian Greenwood Courses Played 16
10 Paul T Armstrong Courses Played 15