In 1872, aged sixteen, Charles Blair Macdonald sailed across the Atlantic on a paddle steamer to live with his grandfather in St Andrews to study at the Auld Grey Toon’s University.
The Toronto-based design firm of Thomas McBroom Associates was formed in the late 1980s, following Tom McBroom’s graduation from the University of Guelph with a degree in Landscape Architecture.
Martin Grant Hawtree joined the family firm in 1973 and took over the practice in 1984. To date, Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record.
Doug Carrick graduated from the University of Toronto in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Architecture, gaining experience on golf course and recreational projects with two Toronto-based design firms.
While recovering from Japanese encephalitis at the Kawana Hotel, Seiichi Inoue met C.H. Alison, and It was this chance encounter that dramatically influenced his vocation.
It’s said Perry Maxwell's interest in golf was sparked by reading H. J. Whigham’s book, How to Play Golf. Encouraged by his wife, Maxwell laid out a short course in 1913 on their dairy farm.
David McLay Kidd's father was a greenkeeper at Glasgow Golf Club. As a child he’d listen to his father’s golf ramblings while as a teenager he’d earn pocket money raking bunkers for his dad.
Kyle Phillips graduated in 1981 with a degree in Landscape Architecture and began his career in golf working with RTJ2, eventually rising from the position of Design Associate to Vice President.
Robert von Hagge was literally born and raised on a golf course, working as a caddy, shop boy, maintenance man, assistant superintendent and assistant professional – all before his 17th birthday.
Hanse earned a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 1989, achieving the William Frederick Dreer Award, which allowed him to spend a year overseas with Hawtree Ltd.