The Black Knight’s playing record is exceptional, he’s one of only five men to win golf’s career Grand Slam, and since the early 1980s Gary Player Design has also been rather successful.
Alister MacKenzie and Alex Russell had similar backgrounds. Both were Cambridge men who served in the British Army during WWI where they realized the importance of camouflage in combat.
Playing on Melbourne’s sand belt courses as a young man sparked an early interest in golf course architecture for Mike Clayton so it was a natural progression for him to form his own design practice.
Within two years of his last win on the PGA Tour in 1982, Tom Weiskopf had teamed up with architect Jay Morrish to establish what turned out to be a very successful design partnership.
Harrison joined the newly formed Greg Norman Design firm in 1988 and for the following twenty years he was the lead architect for all of the Great White Shark’s Asian and Australian golf course projects.
In an architectural career lasting nearly four decades, Pennink designed dozens of courses in many far flung corners of the world; from Indonesia and Malaysia in Asia to Morocco and Zambia in Africa.
Eddie Hackett is regarded as “the father of golf course design” in Ireland, though he never formally trained as an architect and only became involved in laying out courses when he reached his late fifties.
While studying at Sam Houston State University, Whitman helped with the green keeping at nearby Waterwood National Golf Club, under the direction of superintendent Bill Coore.
Apperly's most famous golfing achievement was in 1920 when he became the first golfer from NSW to win the Australian Amateur Championship, beating Tommy Howard in the final at The Australian.
Mackenzie & Ebert was formed in 2005, after the duo had spent fifteen years as lead designers with Donald Steel & Co. They now provide advice to seven of the ten current Open Championship venues.