Top 100 Architects

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A. V. Macan

Arthur Vernon Macan was a prolific golf writer and he carefully constructed detailed clay models of the holes he designed. He remained active in both writing and design until his sudden death in 1964.

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Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson worked for Spalding in Melbourne designing golf balls, which he tested himself, before going on to become the only golfer in the 20th century to lift the Claret Jug three times in succession.

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William Flynn

Flynn was raised outside Boston, where he competed against Francis Ouimet in school golf matches. His golf career started at Merion when he was part of the construction team on today's East course.

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Dick Wilson

Dick Wilson was literally born into construction as the son of a golf course contractor, helping his father as a young man during the building of the West course at Merion Golf Club.

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Donald Steel

Cricket was Donald Steel's first sporting love and he played for Fettes College, becoming the first person from a Scottish school to play in the Public Schools XI against the Combined Services at Lord’s.

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Archie Simpson

Archie Simpson was the player, teacher, clubmaker and golf course designer that nobody remembers. Bernard Darwin reckoned, “He had one of the most graceful swings of all players of his day.”

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George Lowe

George Lowe was born in the rural parish of Carmyllie and he moved with his family when he was eight years old to Carnoustie, where he quickly fell in love with the game of golf through caddying.

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Pat Ruddy

Pat Ruddy was born in the small town of Ballina in County Mayo, but raised in the even smaller town of Ballymote, in County Sligo, where his father Martin (who was known as ‘Sid’) ran the local post office.

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Osamu Ueda

Osamu Ueda designed gardens, playgrounds and golf courses – and managed their construction. His golf projects were based on creating courses in harmony with the surroundings and local topography.

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Vern Morcom

In 1928, Morcom took over as the course superintendent at Kingston Heath, a position he held for forty years, and he made sure MacKenzie’s bunker plan for the layout was implemented in every little detail.

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