Harry Colt was born on this day in 1869. A golf course architect who worked predominantly with Charles Alison, John Morrison, and Alister MacKenzie, in 1928 forming Colt, Alison & Morrison Ltd. He participated in the design of over 300 golf courses (115 on his own) in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
Colt’s courses of note in the UK include Sunningdale (New course), Rye, Blackmoor, Brancepeth Castle, Camberley Heath, Stoke Park Club, Calcot Park, Goring and Streatley Golf Club, Hendon Golf Club, Tyneside and the East & West Courses at Wentworth Club. He performed extensive redesigns of Sunningdale (Old course) and of Muirfield and the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, two of the courses on the rota for the Open Championship. In Canada, his courses for the Hamilton Golf and Country Club and the Toronto Golf Club are highly respected. He also designed in 1914 the first Spanish course bigger than 4.300 yards, the Club de Golf Sant Cugat, promoted by the Barcelona Traction Light and Power Company Ltd. While it is often joked that “the sun never sets” on a course designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, this is actually true for the works of Colt and his collaborators.
Colt took a law degree at Clare College, Cambridge, and captained the Cambridge University Golf Club in 1890.
In 1897 he became a Founder Member of the Royal & Ancient Rules of Golf Committee.