Thursday, 5 May 2016

Old Photograph Donald J Ross Scotland

Old photograph of Donald J Ross who was born in Dornoch, Scotland. Donald James Ross, born November 23, 1872, died April 26, 1948, was a golf course designer. He was born in Dornoch, but became a citizen of and spent most of his adult life in the United States. He was involved in designing or redesigning around 400 courses from 1900 to 1948, laying the foundation for America's golf industry. Ross served an apprenticeship with Old Tom Morris in St Andrews, Fife, before investing his life savings in a trip to the U.S. in 1899 at the suggestion of a Harvard professor named Robert Wilson, who found him his first job in America at Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Massachusetts. Ross's most famous designs are Pinehurst No. 2, Aronimink Golf Club, East Lake Golf Club, Seminole Golf Club, Oak Hill, Memphis Country Club, Inverness Club and Oakland Hills. Ross was a founding member and first president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, which was formed at Pinehurst in 1947. He was admitted to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977, a high honor rarely awarded for anything other than playing success.

Ross died while completing his final design at Raleigh Country Club in North Carolina.

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