Vern Morcom

Full Name
Hedley Vernon Morcom
Year of Birth
1900
Year of Death
1976 (aged 76)
Place Born
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Place Died
Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia

In 'A Round Forever' by John Scarth, Mike Clayton wrote in the foreword: “Vern Morcom was clearly one of the most highly regarded men in Australia’s golfing community and aside from his full-time employment at Kingston Heath, was a prolific consultant to golf clubs and was engaged to design, modify or construct numerous golf courses throughout Australia.”

Until reaching High School, Vern was tutored at home by his mother Alice, who had been a teacher. When he completed his schooling, he worked with his father Mick at Royal Melbourne, learning about all aspects of maintaining and developing a golf course. He also assisted in building the club’s famous West Course to Alister MacKenzie’s design.

In 1928, he took over as the course superintendent at Kingston Heath Golf Club, a position he would hold for forty years, and during that time he made sure Alister MacKenzie’s bunker plan for the layout was implemented in every little detail.

Vern was a partner in the firm M.A. Morcom & Son which consulted to local authorities and golf clubs, including Kingswood, Medway, Torquay and Yarra Bend. After his father died in 1937, Vern continued to work on courses throughout Australia at places like Royal Queensland and Royal Hobart.

He always declined invitations to work overseas and was content to design courses closer to home, following MacKenzie's example in using the natural features of the land to highlight his work.

From respected Canadian architect Ian Andrew:

Mackenzie’s influence on Australia is undeniable, but almost all the work attributed to “Mackenzie” happened after he had departed. We know that Mackenzie spent a great deal of time with both Alex Russell and Mick Morcom. We know that Mackenzie was very complimentary of both Russell (whom he went into partnership with) and Morcom, whom he considered an outstanding constructor as well as an excellent greenkeeper.

We know that Mick Morcom was Head Greenkeeper at Royal Melbourne from 1905-1935. That prior to Mackenzie's vis...

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