Charles Blair Macdonald

By using the finest holes of Great Britain as templates for America’s earliest layouts, Charles Blair Macdonald became the founding father of the country’s golf course architecture. Duncan Lennard discovers how and why he did it – and how his legacy lives on.

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Martin Ebert

When the R&A needs to make classic courses fit to host Open Championships, more often than not Martin Ebert gets a call. Ahead of the Open, he tells Peter Masters what he’s done to get Royal Portrush ready, and how he got here in the first place.

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Geoff Ogilvy & Mike Clayton

Schooled on the Sandbelt classics of their homeland but in tune with the game’s modern challenges, Ogilvy and Clayton have become two of golf’s most forward-thinking architects. John Huggan talked to them about the state of design today and the challenges ahead.

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AW Tillinghast

AW Tillinghast’s principles helped shape almost 300 courses, among them many of America’s finest – including this year’s PGA Championship host, Bethpage Black. Duncan Lennard looks back on his career and creations.

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Old Tom Morris

Four-time Open champion Old Tom Morris is best-known for the quality of his golf. But his work on courses across the UK and Ireland drove golf architecture and greenkeeping into the modern age. Duncan Lennard examines his legacy.

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Dr Alister MacKenzie

When Bobby Jones bought a former Georgia fruit plantation with designs on creating a golf course, he called on the architectural services of a doctor of medicine from the Yorkshire Dales – and the rest is history. Here, Peter Masters retells the glorious but ultimately tragic tale of Dr Alister MacKenzie.

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Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips has designed many of the world’s greatest courses, including Kingsbarns, The Grove and Yas Links. Here he explains how designers have a duty to make the game fun again.

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Tom Doak

The celebrated course architect opens up on his original inspirations, his preference for par 4s over 3s – and how Golf World’s camp bed may have kickstarted his career.

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Tom Fazio

As he celebrates his 50th year in the industry, renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio talks about the evolution of the industry, why Tour players designing golf courses is good for business and why it’s a myth that he Tiger-proofed Augusta. 

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