Who's who: Jay Morrish

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Who's who: Jay Morrish

  • Name:

    Thomas Jay Morrish
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1936-2015]. Born on July 6, 1936 in Grand Junction, Mesa, Colorado. Died on March 2, 2015 in Highland Village, nr Dallas, Texas (age 78).
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Golf course architect.
  • Turned Pro:

    n/a

Roll of Honour

President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (2002-03).

Golf course design

Morrish's best known work includes, but is not limited to (* = co-designs with Weiskopf):

UNITED STATES:
Bent Creek, PA (1993) / Blackstone CC, CO (2007) / Boulders, AZ (1984 & 1985, North & South courses) / Broken Top, OR (1993*) / Buffalo Creek, TX (1992*) / GC at Castle Hills, TX (1999, with son Carter) / Circle C, TX (1992) / Colorado Natl, CO (2003, with Ric Buckton, formerly called Vista Ridge) / Comanche Trace, TX (2008, Creeks-nine, with son Carter) / Daufuskie Island, SC (1991, Bloody Point course*) / Double Eagle, OH (1991*) / DragonRidge, NV (2001, with David Druzisky) / Eagle Springs, CO (1995*) / Falcon Lakes, KS (2002) / Foothills, AZ (1988*) / Forest Highlands, AZ (1986, Canyon course*) / Gulf Shores, AL (2005, redesign with son Carter) / Harbor Club, GA (1991*) / La Cantera, TX (1995, Resort course*) / Lantana, TX (2002, with son Carter) / Mira Vista, TX (1987*) / Ojai Valley Inn, CA (1988, modifications) / Olympic Club, CA (1994, 9-hole Cliffs course*) / Ooltewah Club, TN (1999, with son Carter; formerly called Champions Club at Hampton Creek) / Painted Desert, NV (1987) / Pine Canyon, AZ (2004) / Pine Dunes, TX (2001, with son Carter) / Quail Hollow, OH (1996*) / GC at Ravenna, CO (2007) / Reserve Club, CA (1998*) / The Rim, AZ (1999*) / River Valley Ranch, CO (1998) / Scottsdale Natl, AZ (2003, with Dick Bailey; formerly The GC Scottsdale) / Shadow Glen, KS (1989*) / Sonnenalp, CO (1981, with Bob Cupp) / CC of St Albans, MO (1992, Lewis-Clark course*) / Stone Canyon, AZ (2000) / Talking Rock, AZ (2002) / Tehema, CA (1999, owned by Clint Eastwood) / TPC Las Colinas, TX (1982, with Byron Nelson & Ben Crenshaw) / TPC Scottsdale, AZ (1986, Stadium course*; 1987, Desert course* ... now called Champions course) / Troon CC, AZ (1986*) / Troon North, AZ (1990 & 1996, Monument & Pinnacle courses*) / Waikoloa Beach, HI (1981, Kings' course*) / The Wilds, MN (1995*) / Willowbend, KS (1987*).

BEYOND THE UNITED STATES:
Angus Glen, Canada (2001, North course with Doug Carrick) / Loch Lomond, Scot (1993*) / Toyosato GC, Japan (1997*).

Did you know?

Morrish served his apprenticeship with Robert Trent Jones Sr, before working in the design firms of George Fazio and then Jack Nicklaus. He struck out on his own in 1983, forming a very productive partneship with Open Championship winner Tom Weiskopf. When the Morrish-Weiskopf association ended in 1994, Morrish's son Carter was ready to start working with his father in the business.

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Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).

Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24). 

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