Robert von Hagge

Full Name
Robert Bernhardt Hagge
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Year of Birth
1927
Year of Death
2010 (aged 83)
Place Born
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Place Died
Houston, Texas, USA

“Robert von Hagge had a charismatic aura that shone upon everyone who knew him,” commented von Hagge's good friend and brother-in-law Ron Randall. “He was a brilliant artist and a generous and caring human being who made everyone he came into contact with a better person."

Robert von Hagge, the adopted son of Ben Hagge (a golf course landscaper who built layouts for architects such as William Diddel, Donald Ross and George O’Neil) was literally born and raised on a golf course, working as a caddy, shop boy, maintenance crewman, assistant superintendent and assistant professional – all before his 17th birthday.

He left high school for the Naval Academy at Annapolis in Maryland before graduating from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1951.

According to The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten, “he then spent a few years on the PGA Tour, worked as a club professional in the Catskill Mountains of New York, and tried his hand at acting in Hollywood. During that time he was involved in successive (unsuccessful) marriages to golfing sisters Alice Bauer and Marlene Bauer.”

He joined Dick Wilson’s design company in the mid-1950s: “I got my first job as an intern architect with Dick Wilson,” said von Hagge in an old interview. “I met him one day at the opening of the NCR course in Dayton, Ohio. Dick said, ‘When you get out of school, come see me and I’ll give you a shot.’ To his surprise, I showed up and that is where it really all started.”

Joe Lee was employed in the same design firm but they rarely worked together because Joe’s command of the Spanish language made him the ideal man for jobs in the Caribbean, while Robert was assigned to projects such as Royal Montreal in Canada and Doral in the United States.

“I admired Dick Wilson so much,” von Hagge said. “He was the only real competitor to Robert Trent Jones at that time...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Robert von Hagge

Anfi Tauro

1st Canary Islands - Best in Area 17th Spain Ranking 88th Continental Europe Ranking

Located a few kilometres to the west of Maspalomas on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, the Anfi Tauro Golf Course is one of Spain’s gems that was destined for a place in the Continental European Top 100 rankings.

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Atchafalaya at Idlewild

20th Louisiana - Best in Area

Situated on the Cajun Coast, the Atchafalaya at Idlewild course is a von Hagge, Smelek and Baril design that stretches to over 7,500 yards from the back markers.

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Bay Colony

Gem USA - Best in Area

A three-time venue on the PGA Champions Tour, the course at the Bay Colony Golf Club is a rather special Robert von Hagge layout that first opened for play in the mid-1990s.

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Boca Rio

50th Florida - Best in Area

Founded in 1967, Boca Rio Golf Club is one of Florida’s least well-known golf courses. Designed in an understated style by the late Robert von Hagge, it's a class act from an uninspiring period in modern golf course architecture.

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Bogogno (Bonora)

7th Northern Italy - Best in Area 12th Italy Ranking

Bogogno Golf Club, or Circolo Golf Bogogno, is one of Europe’s most impressive 36-hole golf resorts. With two contrasting Robert von Hagge-designed courses, it’s a destination well worth knowing.

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Bosque Real

38th Mexico Ranking

When Bosque Real hosted the Mastercard Classic for professional female golfers in 2005, it was the first time in thirty years that an officially sanctioned LPGA Tour event had been held in Mexico.

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Cinnamon Hill

3rd Jamaica Ranking 25th Caribbean Ranking

Originally designed in the early 1970s by Henry Smedley, Cinnamon Hill hosted the Jamaican Open four times before it was renovated in 2002 by Robert von Hagge...

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Courson (Lilas & Orange)

26th North East France - Best in Area 63rd France Ranking

Robert von Hagge laid out the four nines at Golf du Stade Français Courson in the early 1990s and the Lilas and Orange combination forms the second choice 18-hole layout, offering a hilly front nine followed by a water-laden inward half.

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