Ted Robinson (golf course architect)

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Ted Robinson
BornMay 17, 1923
DiedMarch 2, 2008(2008-03-02) (aged 84)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of California
University of Southern California,
masters, 1948
Spouse(s)Bobbi Robinson
Children1 son, 2 daughters
PracticeGolf Course Architect
ProjectsSahalee Country Club, Sammamish, Washington

Theodore (Ted) G. Robinson (May 17, 1923 – March 2, 2008) was an American golf course architect.[1]

Born in Long Beach, California, Robinson was an undergraduate at the University of California in Berkeley and received a master's degree in planning from the University of Southern California in 1948.[1] He established his golf course architecture practice in 1954 and continued working there for over fifty years. Robinson joined the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) in 1973, served as president from 1983 to 1984, and ascended to ASGCA Fellow in 1995.

Robinson designed over 160 golf courses in his career, mostly in the western United States (including Hawaii), Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia. He was one of the first golf course architects to promote the use of water as a significant hazard, incorporating waterfalls and other large green-side water features in his designs. This work led to his nickname of "King of Waterscapes."[2][3]

Robinson died at age 84 in Laguna Beach after battling pancreatic cancer. His son, Ted Jr., continues to run his father's golf design firm.[4]

Selected courses designed[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bonk, Thomas (March 8, 2008). "Ted Robinson (1923-2008): Prolific golf course designer". Los Angeles Times. Obituaries. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Theodore (Ted) G. Robinson, leading golf course architect, dies". World Golf. March 7, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "'Great man,' designer of Las Vegas golf courses, Ted Robinson, passes on". golf Las Vegas Now. March 17, 2008. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ted Robinson, Jr". Robinson Golf. biography. Retrieved June 8, 2016.

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