Course Designers

 

The Early Years

The first design of the Saint Andrew’s Mount Hope course was the work of William Henry Tucker Sr. who had joined the professional staff in 1895. Having apprenticed under Tom Dunn, whose U.K. based firm was, at the time, the most active golf course construction company in the world, “Willie” Tucker was well qualified to lay out the new course. The project was initiated in 1896; the course officially opened in the summer of 1897. Tucker would go on to design more than 100 golf courses across the U.S. during a career spanning more than 50 years.

In 1928 the Saint Andrew’s Board solicited James Braid, Scotland’s most famous and prolific golf course designer, for suggestions of improvements. A number of Braid’s recommendations were implemented in 1929, making Saint Andrew’s the only American member of the more than 400 clubs that comprise the Association of James Braid Golf Courses.

The Modern Era

In 1983 the Saint Andrew’s Board entered into an agreement with Jack Nicklaus and Associates for the redesign of the Mount Hope course and the creation of a “Jack Nicklaus Golfing Community at Saint Andrew’s”. Due to challenges imposed by the rocky terrain which surrounds the course, only about half of the originally planned townhouse community was completed. However, the course design commanded Jack’s full attention and the result was a modern day masterpiece that remained true to the vision of the club’s founders. The new “Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Saint Andrew’s” opened on May 29, 1985.

The initial Jack Nicklaus design has been thoughtfully refined over the subsequent years. All modifications have been subject to the review of Jack Nicklaus and Associates and the course continues to be a prominent member of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course family.