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Improve your golf experience with the Bobby Jones Golf Club app!
This app includes:
- Interactive Scorecard
- Golf Games: Skins, Stableford, Par, Stroke Scoring
- Measure your shot!
- Golfer Profile with Automatic Stats Tracker
- Hole Descriptions & Playing Tips
- Live Tournaments & Leaderboards
- Book Tee Times
- Message Center
- Offer Locker
- Food & Beverage Menu
- Facebook Sharing
- And much more…
Donald J. Ross (November 23, 1872 - April 26, 1948) was one of the most significant golf course designers in the history of the sport. He was born at Dornoch in Scotland, but spent most of his adult life in the United States.
Ross served an apprenticeship with Old Tom Morris in St Andrews 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 the America at Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1900 he was appointed as the golf professional at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, where he began his course design career and eventually designed four courses. He had a moderately successful playing career, winning three North and South Opens (1903, 1905, 1906) and two Massachusetts Opens (1905, 1911), and finishing fifth in the 1903 U.S. Open and eighth in the 1910 British Open. He later gave up playing and teaching to concentrate on course design, running a substantial practice with several assistants and summer offices in New England. His brother Alec won the 1907 U.S. Open.
Ross's most famous designs are Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole, Oak Hill and Oakland Hills. He was involved in designing or redesigning around 600 courses. Some of his early work was in Virginia and includes Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. In some cases he didn't even visit the site, but on the courses where he was most closely involved he displayed great attention to detail. Often he created challenging courses with very little earth moving; according to Jack Nicklaus, "His stamp as an architect was naturalness." His most widely known trademark is the crowned or "turtleback" green, most famously seen on Pinehurst No. 2, though golf architecture writer Ron Whitten argued in Golf Digest in 2005 that the effect had become exaggerated compared to Ross's intention because green keeping practices at Pinehurst had raised the centre of the greens.
Often he created challenging courses with very little earth moving; according to Jack Nicklaus, "His stamp as an architect was naturalness."
Ross often created holes which invited run-up shots but had severe trouble at the back of the green, typically in the form of fallaway slopes. In the 1930s he revolutionized greenskeeping practic-es in the Southern United States when he oversaw the transition of the putting surfaces at Pinehurst No. 2 from oiled sand to Bermuda grass.
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 rare honor rarely awarded for anything other than playing success.
Ross is most closely compared to the other two leading architects of the early 20th century, Alister MacKenzie and A.W. Tillinghast. Many argue that Ross's work does not consistently carry the same standard of quality as Mackenzie and Tillinghast's works. Evidence supporting this argument includes the fact that a much higher percentage of Ross's courses have been altered, redesigned, or de-stroyed than Mackenzie and Tillinghast's. However, Ross is unmatched in the quantity of work he completed.
Ross died while completing his final design at Raleigh Country Club in North Carolina.