Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Visit With Geoffrey Cornish

Spent the better part of three hours with golf course architect Geoffrey Cornish for a piece that will run in Golf Course Architecture magazine, a UK publication.

At 95, and the oldest living golf architect, Mr. Cornish is remarkably spry with a wonderful memory. This is a man who worked for Stanley Thompson and met the likes of Donald Ross, A.W. Tillinghast and Alister Mackenzie, among others. Mr. Cornish has over 200 original designs to his credit, including work with former partners Bill Robinson, Brian Silva and Mark Mungeam. He's unsure of how many existing courses he worked on, but I'll bet it's at least 400.

Mr. Cornish took me to lunch -- I drove -- and had two Beefeater martini's to accompany his meal.

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