Top 100 Architects

Top 100 Golf Courses - Top 100 Architects

Bernhard von Limburger

‘Limmy’ was an excellent amateur golfer, winning the German Amateur Closed Championship three times between 1921-1925. In total, he represented Germany 35 times in international golf competition.

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P. B. Dye

P.B. Dye is a free spirit who doesn't wear a watch or look at calendars. He took his first golf lesson in 1959 and fell in love with the game as a four-year-old when most kids were barely out of diapers.

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Bob Grimsdell

Bob Grimsdell was a skilful professional golfer and the pioneer of golf course architecture in South Africa whose legacy has been largely overlooked outside of his adopted homeland.

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Arthur Hills

Arthur Hills started playing golf when he was seven. He lived just across the railroad tracks from Ottawa Park municipal course in Toledo, Ohio, where he could play golf for 26 cents before noon.

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Arnold Palmer

Arnie teamed up with Ed Seay in 1972, forming the Palmer Course Design Company which was later renamed Arnold Palmer Design Company when the firm moved to Orlando, Florida, in 2006.

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Fred G. Hawtree

Hawtree is the longest continuous practice of golf course architecture on record. Started by F.G. Hawtree in 1912, the firm was then operated by his son F.W. until grandson Martin Grant took over.

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Devereux Emmet

It's said that Emmet visited many of the famous courses in the British Isles on behalf of C.B. Macdonald, sketching holes that would be used in the design of the National Golf Links of America.

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Tom Bendelow

Bendelow worked with A.G. Spalding designing inexpensive golf courses to build and maintain, thus enabling Spalding’s golf equipment business to rapidly expand nationally.

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Javier Arana

Javier Arana, nicknamed ‘Cisco’, began playing the game at the age of ten, practicing on the old 11-hole Neguri course which had been laid out close to the family home on the banks of the Gobelas River.

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Harry Vardon

In 1900, Vardon embarked on a year-long tour of the US and Canada to promote AG Spalding's new “Vardon Flyer" golf ball. The Open Champion quickly become golf’s first international celebrity.

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