Martin Hawtree

The World’s Longest Continuous Golf Architectural Practice

The name Hawtree is synonymous with golf course design since 1912. The dynasty; F.G., F.W., and M.G. is probably the longest continuous practice in golf architecture. Hawtree’s experience and knowledge is second to none spanning three generations and core to Hawtree’s multi-disciplinary practice having been founded in over 750 projects.

Hawtree’s architectural influence, known and respected throughout the world, is spread across Europe

with significant and intriguing incursions into Africa, the Americas, Australia, the Far East and the Indian sub-continent.

F.G., Frederic George, began work in 1912, most of his design and constructional work spanned the inter-war years; he worked closely with the veteran Open Champion J.H. Taylor. Frederic William joined his father in 1938, and after the war, dissolved the construction company in favour of a purely architectural practice. Martin

Hawtree joined his father’s firm in 1973, taking over the reins in 1985.

Like father and grandfather, he devoted much of his time to voluntary work for golfing bodies, in particular, the then British Institute of Golf Course Architects; both his father and himself occupying the Presidency of that Institute for many years.

Martin has a great passion for links courses, extending Hawtree’s client list to four prestigious Open Championship venues.


Hawtree Ltd are proud to announce our selection as one of the 8 firms short listed to bid for the design of the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course. This followed a qualification process that included the submission of a detailed portfolio and satisfaction of various legal qualifications. A detailed bid has to be
prepared for the golf course that not only must be capable of hosting the Olympic games but also become Rio’s first public golf course, there to encourage and grow the game of golf in Brazil. Hawtree Ltd are up against some of the most well known signature design firms in golf but have every confidence in our ability
Rio Olympics Site