During a design career that stretched from the early 1970s into the new millennium, Dave Thomas delivered dozens of courses for a wide variety of clients. The Belfry is considered his crowning glory.
Rees Jones considers himself a multi-themed architect, which means he is constantly seeking variety, trying to give the player a new experience on every hole, not just on every course.
J. H. Taylor is rightly regarded as a golfing pioneer. The five-time Open champion was one of the best golfers of his era, he then played a significant role in shaping the way that the game is now conducted.
Harris was educated at Pangbourne Nautical College, where he gained civil engineering and surveying qualifications before joining the family golf construction company which was run by his father and uncle.
Robinson graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history and then studied landscape architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, becoming pals with another student, Rees Jones.
John Morrison joined Harry Colt’s design firm in 1923 and became a director of the company five years later. He was also a skilled practitioner on the golf course, winning prestigious amateur tournaments.
Travis loved the New York City social and sporting scene. Apart from hunting and fishing trips he was also partial to a Ricoro Corona cigar, a dram or two of Old Crow whiskey, and evenings playing poker.
Willie Campbell came runner-up in the first unofficial US Open in 1894 and the same year became the first professional at The Country Club where he laid down the foundations of the present course.
Tom Dunn started his golf career as a club maker at North Berwick in 1869 and remained as the club’s professional for twelve years, employing two men and his younger brother Willie as an apprentice.
William Watson began designing golf courses during a time period when most people in the United States knew nothing about the game of golf, much less how to play or gain access to golf clubs.