Willie Park Junior

Willie Park Jnr was born in 1864. His father was a professional golfer, winning the first Open Championship in 1860, and running a successful club and ball making business in Musselburgh, East Lothian. The family competed on equal footing with the Morris family of St Andrews.

Park Jnr learned golf traditionally, caddying and working with his father. He competed in stake matches and tournaments, winning the Open in 1887 and 1889, but gravitated towards the business side of golf, writing two books, “The Game of Golf”, recently republished, and “The Art of Putting”, a strong feature of his game. In the 1890s he designed golf courses in Scotland, but his first well known brief was Sunningdale, now known as the Old course, followed almost simultaneously by Huntercombe.

These completions broke fresh ground for inland courses, with their length and imagination, and triggered demand for his services in Canada, the Americas, and the Continent. His constant travel and pressures of his growing American design business led to a health breakdown and he returned to Scotland to die in 1925, having completed 200 courses.

His daughter Doris was well known in women’s golf, being runner-up in the 1937 Ladies Amateur Championship.

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