Macdonald enters Hall of Fame


Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Charles Blair Macdonald – the man who originally coined the term 'golf course architect' – will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on 12 November.

"Without Macdonald, the USGA would not have been created," said David Fay, executive director of the United States Golf Association. "Without his leadership and strong character, the game in this country could easily have gone astray. As a player, administrator, architect, rule maker, and chronicler of the game's history, he was one of golf 's true giants." In the spring of 1892 Macdonald convinced a group of associates to band together to form the Chicago Golf Club.

One year later, in 1893, he expanded the club's rudimentary nine hole course, so that it became the first 18-hole golf course in America. Macdonald's design credits include the National Golf Links of America in New York's Long Island, the Course at Yale in Connecticut, Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda, and The Lido Golf Club and Piping Rock Golf Club in New York.