Who's who: Bill Robinson

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  • Robinson, Bill
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  • Robinson, Bill

Who's who: Bill Robinson

  • Name:

    William G. "Bill" Robinson
  • Country:

  • Born:

    c.1942 in Ontario.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Collingwood GC, Ont.
  • Occupation:

    Golf course architect and writer.
  • Turned Pro:

Golf course design

Bill Robinson's best known work, sometimes produced with the assistance of his younger brother John F. Robinson and/or design partner Geoff Cornish, includes, but is not limited to:

Arbutus Ridge, BC (1987) / Banff Springs, Alb. (1989, Tunnel-nine, with JF Robinson) / Burnaby Mountain, BC (1969) / Cordova Bay, BC (1991) / Cowichan, BC (1985, expansion to 18 holes, with JF Robinson) / Eagle Ranch, BC (2000) / Gallagher's Canyon, BC (1980, with Les Furber) / Glen Afton, PEI (1973) / Goose Hummock, Alb. (1989) / Grandview, NS (1988) / Innisfail, Alb. (1984, redesign) / Jasper Park Lodge, Alb. (1994, renovation) / Northumberland Links, NS (1988, redesign & expansion to 18-holes) / Olympic View, BC (1990) / Pheasantback, Alb. (1995) / Ponoka, Alb. (1987, redesign & expansion to 18-holes) / River Bend, Alb. (1986) / Sirocco, Alb. (2006).

Chehalem Glenn, OR (2005, with JF Robinson) / Coos GC, OR (1998, expansion to 18 holes; formerly called Watson Ranch) / Cranberry Valley, MA (1974, with Geoff Cornish) / Farm Neck, MA (1978, with Cornish) / Gearhart, OR (2000, renovation) / Leavenworth, WA (1968, expansion to 18-holes and renovation) / Meadow Lakes, OR (1993, with JF Robinson) / Ocean Dunes, OR (1989, redesign and expansion to 18 holes; formerly called Rhodo Dunes) / OGA Golf Course, OR (1993) / Creek at Qualchan, WA (1993, with JF Robinson) / Shadow Hills CC, OR (1995, modifications and renovation) / Stratton Mountain, VT (1969, with Cornish) / Tri Mountain, WA (1994, with JF Robinson) / Willamette Valley CC, OR (1989, modifications).

Porto Carras, Greece (1973, Olive course, with Cornish).

Did you know?

With the possibility of a career in professional ice hockey cut short by a serious eye injury, Robinson turned to his other great love, golf ( ... he was a scratch golfer in his prime). He found his way into golf course architecture, where a couple of early internships with Robert Trent Jones (Snr) confirmed he was on the right path.

After graduating from Penn State with a degree in landscape architecture in 1964, Robinson went to work for the unconventional mentor who would influence the rest of his career, Geoff Cornish of Amherst, Massachusetts. A full partner with Cornish from 1977 until setting up on his own in 1982, Robinson would work on almost 300 golf course designs, redesigns and renovations until he retired in 2005. Much of his work, with some notable exceptions, was concentrated in western Canada (BC and Alberta) and the northwest USA (Oregon and Washington).

Between 1975 and 1979, Bill's younger brother John F. Robinson, who had previously worked for William Newcomb Associates, came to work as a design associate in Bill's firm. After John left to establish his design firm, the two brothers continued to collaborate on several golf course projects.

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