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
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.
Malahide Golf Club
17 Dec 2014
Malahide’s 27-hole layout was originally designed by Eddie Hackett. In July 2014 Hawtree were engaged to study the redevelopment of the Blue Course. With three options Hawtree proposed to change the south-east part of the course where there is some health and safety issues. The common concept for all the options,
in an impressive gently undulating parkland course, is to modify three holes with respect the natural landscape, consisting of hardwood copses, ponds and rivers, and their strategic placement also ensures a variety of shots.