Harry Shapland Colt


Birthdate: August 4th, 1869
Birthplace: Highgate, England
Influences: Douglas Rolland
Associates: Charles Alison, John Morrison, Alister MacKenzie
First Design: Rye Golf Club
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Quick Bio: Harry (born Henry) Shapland Colt is likely the most influential golf course architect of all-time. The Englishman played a major role in the early development of the profession of golf course architecture.  Colt’s largest influence was as a mentor.  With names including Alister Mackenzie, Charles Alison, Donald Ross and Stanley Thompson, Colt helped to shape the Golden Age of Golf Course Design.  Colt also served as a pioneer of golf course architecture in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia through both his own work and that of his disciples.  Colt’s resume of work is quite impressive, touting world renowned courses such as Sunningdale (Old and New), the Eden Course at St Andrews Links, Pine Valley Golf Club (contributed), Royal Portrush, Muirfield, Swinley Forest, St. George’s Hill, Old Elm Club, Toronto Golf Club and Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

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Golf Courses Designed by Harry Colt

British Islands
Swinley Forest, Sunningdale (New), Stoges Park, 

North America
Old Elm Club, Toronto Golf Club,  Country Club of Detroit

Colt Assisted Designs
Royal County Down, Pine Valley, Augusta National