Born:Dec 15, 1967 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
Occupation:Golf course architect
McLay-Kidd has designed several renowned courses that feature on many golfers' "must play" lists. His best known work includes, but is not limited to:
Bandon Dunes, OR (1999, Dunes course) / Gamble Sands, WA (2014) / Nanea, HI (2003) / Rolling Hills CC, CA (2017) / Sand Valley, WI (2018, Mammoth Dunes course) / Tetherow, OR (2008) / TPC Stonebrae, CA (2004, originally called TPC San Francisco Bay) / Tributary, ID (2009, originally called Huntsman Springs).
BRITAIN & IRELAND:
Beaverbrook, Eng (2016, with Tom Watson) / Machrihanish Dunes, Scot (2009) / Powerscourt, Ire (2003, West course redesign) / Queenwood, Eng (2001) / St Andrews, Scot (2008, Castle course).
Fancourt, S Africa (2005, modifications to Montagu course) / Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua (2013) / Laucala Island, Fiji (2003).
Born and raised in Scotland, David McLay-Kidd grew up with golf in his bones. His father Jimmy Kidd was a head greenkeeper, who spent 25 years managing the famed courses of the Gleneagles Hotel. Having been around some of the oldest and finest courses in the world, it was not surprising McLay-Kidd followed in his father's footsteps ... but as a course architect rather than a course superintendent.
Known initially for his minimalist 'retro' designs (in the style of "golf as it used to be"), McLay-Kidd established his credentials with the world famous Dunes course at Bandon Dunes. After the success of Bandon, McLay-Kidd launched DMK Golf Design and dedicated himself to building best-in-class golf courses around the world.
The name McLay was originally David Kidd's middle name, and also his mother's maiden name. At some point the name McKlay was formally recognised as part of David's surname, hence the now hyphenated David McLay-Kidd.
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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