Inspiration from the past
Studying the works of earlier great golf course architects continue to be a major source of inspiration for our work on new and existing golf courses.
The name of Hawtree has been associated with golf and golf course development since
1912. The Hawtree dynasty, F.G., F.W. and M.G. is probably the longest continuous
practice in golf course architecture. The experience and knowledge which derive
from two father-son exchanges are now at the centre of a multi-disciplinary practice
known throughout the world.
Frederick George Hawtree became interested in the new science of greenkeeping during
the early years
of the last century and gradually broadened his interests to include golf course
construction. His first golf course was built at Croham Hurst, in Surrey and is
still there unchanged. He had worked here with James Braid and went on to work with
him building courses at Ipswich and Musselbrugh.
Croham Hurst Golf Club
After the First World War he set up a company with another member of the ‘great
triumvirate’ J.H.Taylor to design and build golf courses.
Over 50 new courses were to be built over the next couple of decades and many more
remodelled including the total reconstruction of Birkdale in the 1930’s.
In 1932 Fred built and set up Addington Court, the first privately run golf course
to be opened to the general public. For the next 50 years Addington Court was to
be the headquarters of the family practice, Hawtree + Son, Golf Course Architects.
Addington Court Golf Club
Frederick William Hawtree joined his father in 1938. After the war, sensing that
the future of golf course architecture lay in a purely architectural role, independent
of construction, he dissolved the company and created a new professional practice.