Travis golf course projects by alphabet

  An alphabetical listing of Travis projects (view in chronological order) 


Dates given indicate the year(s) when Travis did his design work, and not when the course construction was completed.  Where possible, we have included original designers of those courses listed as a “redesign” or “consultations”.  In addition, where information is available, the listing will include architects who did remodeling/renovation/restoration work subsequent to Travis’s involvement.  Our intent is to provide a comprehensive architectural history of each course.  Given the nature of this task, it is a work-in-progress that will change as new information is found.  We invite your assistance in fine-tuning, and expanding, our course listings.  

Key: 18-hole courses unless otherwise noted; (r) – Redesign/remodel;  FKA – Formerly Known As; NLE – No Longer Exists; LKA – Later Known As; NC – Never constructed; * – Need documentation to confirm)

(r) Augusta Country Club, Augusta, GA — 1924
Original designers: David Olgivie and Dr. William H. Harison (Travis created plans for a new 6th hole green on the Lake Course; NLE)

Camden Country Club (FKA Kirkwood Links), Camden, SC — 1923.  Donald Ross, renovation and redesign–1939; Kris Spence, restoration/renovation – 2010-2011

(r) Canoe Brook Country Club (North course), Summit, NJ — 1916;  1902 – Original course designed by Jack Vickery and Alex Smith;  1950 – With a land-swap pending, architect Alfred Tull was commissioned to design 8 golf holes to replace the North Course holes that would be lost in the land-swap.  The fully redesigned North Course opened on July 1, 1952; 1970 – Highway construction resulted in major changes to both the South and North courses.  Architect Hal Purdy was on site for several years to oversee changes to both courses; 1973 – architect Robert Trent Jones’ firm developed plans for 3 new holes in order to resolve liability concerns associated with the 18th hole’s proximity to the new highway; 1991 – Architect Rees Jones developed golf course Master Plan; 1994-1995—architect Rees Jones supervised major bunker work and construction of new fifth hole.

(r) Cape Arundel Golf Club, Kennebunkport, ME — 1920.  Original design credited to Alex H. Findlay;  2000 – present – architect Bruce Hepner, initially of Renaissance Golf, and later, independent contractor, oversaw bunker renovation/restoration and restoration/renovation of other golf course features.

Cherry Hill Club, Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada–1922; 1971-72 – Bunker/tee renovation project under direction of architect C. E. “Robbie” Robinson in preparation for the 1972 Canadian Open Championship;  2008-09 – Bunker and tee renovation and restoration project under direction of architect Ian Andrew – 2008-09.

(r) Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD (With Dr. Walter S. Harban and Robert White)— 1919  Original designer, Herbert H. Barker, with assistance from Dr. W.S. Harban —1909

(r) Country Club of New Canaan, New Canaan, CT; 1900 – architect Willie Park, Jr., original designer, 9-holes; 1920s – Travis designed a second nine.  1924 – Correspondence between Travis, club official Marshall Stearns, and William Tull refers to construction of golf course.  Club records report that a major cost overrun in construction threatened bankruptcy of the club, resulting in termination of the project.  1947 – Completion of the second nine, based on the “original Travis design with additional holes designed by Alfred Tull…”. (according to current club history)

Country Club of Scranton, Clarks Summit, PA –1925 (the original Travis map has two dates on it:  Oct. 1925 and June 1926);  2010-11 – Renovation project, including bunkers, under direction of architect Tom Marzolf, of Fazio Design.

Country Club of Troy, Troy, NY– 1926.  Bruce Hepner, of Renaissance Golf, bunker restoration project – 2007-08

East Potomac Park Golf Club, (with Walter S. Harban) Washington, DC – 1917.  An August, 1919 Brooklyn Eagle reported that, because of World War I, just 9 holes were constructed of the 18-hole Travis plan.  Travis lists East Potomac Park as one of his reversible courses.  (Fall 2016 – Travis Society received digital copies of the original Travis hole drawings for the 18 hole course at East Potomac Park, including the reversible plans.)

Ekwanok Country Club, (Assisted John Duncan Dunn), Manchester, VT — 1899.  1948 – Donald Ross, Consultation for course improvements;  1956 – Robert Trent Jones, Recommendations for remodeling of a few holes;  1958-1980 – Geoffrey Cornish, Remodeling/renovation of several holes; 1998 to present –  Bruce Hepner, of Renaissance Golf, Restoration/renovation of bunkers, tees, 11th green.

(r) Essex County Club, Manchester, MA — (With John Duncan Dunn) — 1908.  Original designer unknown.

(r) Flushing Country Club (FKA Flushing Golf Club), (With John Duncan Dunn) Flushing, LI, NY – 1901;  Originally designed by Tom Bendelow in 1897.  (Added note:  A March 4, 1897 NY Sun article reported that Travis and Bendelow designed the original Flushing CC course.  No other documentation has been found to confirm this report.) (NLE)

Garden City Country Club, Garden City, NY – 1916;  Brian Silva, renovation –1980s;eith Foster, with associate, Kevin Hargreaves,  created long range golf course plan including bunker renovation, tree management, etc – 2007- present

 Garden City Country Club, Garden City, NY.  Brian Silva, renovation-1980s;  Keith Foster, with associate, Kevin Hargrave, did renovations that included green surrounds, bunkers, tees, and work on the practice range —2004–.

(r)  Garden City Golf Club (FKA Island Golf Links) (assisted by H.H. Barker and Stewart Gardner, club professionals), Garden City, NY.  Original designer – Devereux Emmet – 1897 – 1899;  Consulting architect, Tom Doak – 1987 – present;  restoration of 12th green under direction of architect Tom Doak – 2011-12.

(r) Grand Mere Golf Club, Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada — 1917.   The Travis hole plans are dated September 18, 1917.   Original designer, Frederik de Peyster Townsend, 1910; In June 1921, Charles Alison developed an 18 hole plan.  Holes 1 through 5 of the Alison plan follow the original routing by Travis, with changes to bunkers.  Travis holes 6 and 7 became Alison’s 9 and 10.

(r) Granliden on Sunapee (9 holes), Lake Sunapee, NH — 1924.  Original designer, Alex H. Findlay – 1907

(r) Grover Cleveland Muni (FKA Country Club of Buffalo), Buffalo, NY — 1910-11  Original designer unknown- 1902 opening.

Halloween Park Golf Course (9 holes), Stamford, CT — 1915  (NLE)

(r) Hollywood Golf Club, Deal, NJ — 1917  According to the HGC centennial history book, “With two exceptions, Travis followed Mackie’s original routing. He did, however, combine the original 13th and 14th holes, 260 and 150 yards, respectively, into the present 13th hole, and built the present par-three 17th to compensate, shortening the original 17th to creat the present 16th.  Travis’ major contribution, however, was a complete reworking of the greens and the bunkering.”                                                   

Original designer, Isaac Mackie–1914; Seth Raynor, remodeling–1916; Dick Wilson, remodeling–1956; Geoff Cornish, remodeling–1980s; Rees Jones and his Senior Design Associate, Keith Evans —1997-2012; Brian Schneider, of Renaissance Golf, bunker restoration–2013–

Jekyll Island Golf Club (Great Dunes Course), Jekyll Island, GA — 1926

(r) Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood, NJ — 1919
Original designers:  Willie Dunn, 1896, Tom Bendelow, 1899

Lochmoor Club, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI — 1917 (assisted John S. Sweeney),.  The exact nature of Travis’s role is subject to debate. He has been described as “consultant” to Sweeney, or “Superintending” the project.  Travis did not list Lochmoor Club in his many advertisements in the early ’20s; 1920-1921 Because of serious drainage problems, Charles Alison worked with John Sweeney to correct the problem.  As reported in Colt & Alison in North America: golf course architects, by Anthony C. Gholz, Jr (2018),  “…Alison, based in Detroit and working with Sweeney at the CC of Detroit (CCD), was on-site several times in the fall of 1920 and in 1921 to rectify many of these issues by raising and redesigning the greens and bunkers.  He also extensively remodeled the course….”.

Longue Vue (9-holes)(NLE), Hastings-on-Hudson, NY — 1922

Lookout Point Country Club, Fonthill, Ontario, Canada – 1921.  Ian Andrew of Carrick Design, renovation and restoration of bunkers – 1998

(r) Louisville Country Club), Louisville, KY — 1924.  Original designer, Tom Bendelow – 1908; Keith Foster and Design Associate, Kevin Hargraves,  renovation involving green surrounds, bunkers, tees, and practice range –2004

(r) Milwaukee Country Club (NLE), Milwaukee, WI — 1924,  Original designer unknown

Mount Pocono Golf and Country Club  (9 holes)    Stroudsburg, PA — 1903; NLE, as of 2014.

North Jersey Country Club, Wayne, NJ – 1921.  Robert Trent Jones, remodeling – 1978;  Brian Silva, bunker renovation–1994

(r) Oak Ridge Golf Club (NLE), Tuckahoe, NY — 1922
Original designer unknown.

Oakland Golf Club (9 holes), Bayside, LI, NY.  (with Stewart Gardner, Garden City Golf Club pro) Travis and Gardner designed the second nine holes at Oakland Golf Club –1905.  The first nine holes at Oakland are reported to have been designed by Tom Bendelow, and opened in 1897.  Many changes to the course occurred after the Travis/Gardner involvement, including bunker work by the club’s green committee, additional bunkering by Oakland’s golf pro Alec Girard, and remodeling by Seth Raynor (exact dates of these changes have not been determined, but they appear to have occurred between 1912 and 1921). The Oakland Golf Club disbanded in 1952, and the course remained as a public course until 1962. (NLE as of 1962)

Onondaga Golf and Country Club, Fayetteville, NY. The 1917 Travis golf course plan included parts of 3 holes from the original, 1901 David Campbell course;  Stanley Thompson, renovation – 1928 (no evidence that Thompson’s plans were carried out); Stanley Thompson, designed an additional 9-holes – 1930 (NC); Hal Purdy, redesign of three holes – 1962; Wogan and Mitchell, redesign of the 3rd and 4th holes – 1982; Ian Andrew, bunker renovation and restoration, including construction of new 4th and 8th greens – 2008-2009.

Orchard Park Country Club (FKA The Park Club), Orchard Park, NY – 1916.   Brian Ault, redesign included re-routing and construction of three new holes (5th, 6th, and 13th) and elimination of original 6th, 17th and 18th holes.  These changes permitted construction of a new practice range on the land previously occupied by the 17th 18th holes – 1993-94; Bruce Hepner,of Renaissance Golf, redesign of 18th hole, and minor design changes to other holes – 2000;  Ian Andrew, bunker renovation/restoration tree removal, rebuild of the first green – 2011 to present.

Pennhills Club (FKA  North Penn Club), Bradford, PA —1922.   Two additional holes were created in 1937, when the club’s new clubhouse was constructed.  Dick Wilson, supervised construction of the remaining 8 holes of the original Travis plan–1958;  Ian Andrew, development of a golf course master plan – 2013; bunker renovation/restoration and rebuild of greens on the 12th, 13th, and 17th holes under direction of architect Ian Andrew – 2014-15.

(r) Philadelphia Country Club (NLE) Philadelphia, PA — 1911-12                    According to an article in the April 14, 1912 Philadelphia Inquirer, the Green Committee of the Philadelphia CC decided their course needed “stiffening” and “took the bull by the horns and got Walter J. Travis to run over to this city.  With E.K. Bispham and other members of the Green Committee, Travis went carefully over the course and later a conference was held and plans for changing the course were adopted.  As a result, where one pit was you will find five now in some places…..The changes are such that while the course will not be available for championship matches until next year, it will not interfere with the members playing.”

(r)  Poland Spring Golf Club (with A.H. Fenn)South Poland, ME  1895 – A. H. Fenn, Original designer of 9-hole course; 1913 – Donald Ross, redesign and expansion to 18-holes, opened for play in 1915; July 14, 1917 issue of Poland Spring paper, The Hilltop, announced golf course changes “under the direction of Professional A.H. Fenn and Walter J. Travis” consisting of rebuilt or new greens on 10 holes, addition of 10 new bunkers, and new tees on 12 holes.

Round Hill Club, Greenwich, CT. 1922 . Renovation and redesign (including new par 3 11th hole) by Robert Trent Jones–1952, 1970;  Renovation by Brian Schneider, Design Associate of Renaissance Golf Design–2016.

Sargowana Golf Club (18 holes, NC), Brooklyn, NY. – 1916  Newspaper accounts indicate that this project was suspended because of WWI, and never completed.

Sea Island Golf Club (Plantation 9), St. Simons Island, GA. – 1926.    Charles Alison eliminated many Travis hazards/bunkers, rebuilt greens, and altered some routing – 1928-29.   Rees Jones, renovation of Plantation 9 – 1992, 1998.  Tom Fazio replaced two holes (8th and 9th) with new 5th and 6th holes – 1999.  Love Golf Design, with architect Scot Sherman, of Scotland, Complete remodel – 2019.

Seven Pines golf links, Richmond, VA.–1924  According to June 20, 1924 Richmond Times-Dispatch, announcing delay in opening of “…the very first and only public golf course for Richmond, will not be opened until July 4, at the earliest……Designed by Walter J. Travis, noted golf architect, the Seven Pines course is said to be one of the finest in this section.”  Whether the course still exists remains to be determined.

Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown, NJ — 1921

Stafford Country Club, Stafford, NY — 1921.  Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones, consultation – 1930; Ian Andrew, bunker and tee renovation/restoration – 1999-2001

(r) Stamford Golf Club (FKA Stamford Country Club) Stamford, NY — 1923.   A 1924 Stamford Mirror states, “Two of the five new putting greens planned some time ago by Walter J. Travis, expert golf architect, were completed last fall and the greens committee hopes that the other three will be finished for use this year.  The May 31, 1924 Albany Evening Journal reported that the Stamford Country Club course “was laid out and constructed under the personal direction of Walter J. Travis…..”.  Research continues in an effort to clarify and confirm Travis’s role at Stamford.

(r) Sunningdale Country Club, Scarsdale, NY – 1920.  Seth Raynor, original designer – 1917;   A Sunningdale Green Committee report, dated 11/26/1920 stated, “In accordance with the plans of Mr. Travis, we have put in the bunkers on the 2nd, 4th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and 17th holes.  We have built new greens for the 1st-9th, 10th, 13th, and 14th holes, and have commenced the construction of the new fairway for the changed 10th hole, which will be open for play in the Spring.  We have constructed new tees for the 1st, 2nd, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th holes.  This completes all the new construction work which was planned to be done this year…….Next year…..we plan to finish the bunkering of the holes that are to remain unchanged.”  The report indicated that other course changes will be deferred until 1922.

The Golf Club at Equinox (FKA Equinox Golf Links), Manchester, Vt — 1925.   Rees Jones, remodeling – 1991.

Valley View Golf Club (FKA Roscoe Conkling Park), Utica, NY — 1916.   First nine holes constructed according to Travis plan in 1927 with the full 18 completed in 1930.

Westchester Country Club (South, West, and Short course; FKA Westchester-Biltmore Club), Rye, NY – 1919. Ken Dye, renovation and restoration of South course – 1997-1999, followed by bunker and tee renovation on West Course – 2000.

(r) Westchester Hills Golf Club, White Plains, NY.- 1922 An extensive, March 28, 1922 report by WHGC’s Green Committee Chairman, “Doc” Sniffen stated “Our new work this year will be principally on green reconstruction following the plans given us by Mr. Walter J. Travis.”  Long time WHGC golf professional,  Peter Clark, of Scottish decent, was the original designer.

(r) White Beeches Golf & Country Club (FKA Haworth Golf Club) Haworth, NJ — 1918.  Original designer, Valentine Flood, 1902

Yahnundasis Golf Club (27 hole plan), New Hartford, NY.–1922. Course constructed under supervision of Sherrill Sherman, using 11 holes from the Travis plan added to 7 holes from old course.  Travis 18 hole plan was completed in its entirety in 1931; 9-hole short course was not constructed.  George Low and Sherrill Sherman, original designers. Holes 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 were redesigned, and other minor course changes, by William and David Gordon-1961.  Bunker work on the 6th hole by Ron Pritchard–2004.


This listing of “Consultations” creates a record of those occasions when Travis gave advice for the improvement, care, or development of a golf course.  In some instances, he was asked to evaluate the suitability of a plot of land for a golf course.  On other occasions, he was asked to make suggestions for improvement of the condition or playability of a course.  The reports of advice provided by Travis were not always specific, and whether his advice was carried out has not been determined for many of the courses in this list.  Our objective is to establish a complete record of Travis’s influence on the landscape of North American golf courses, where ample documentation exists.

The claim that Travis was consulted on a golf course does not, in any way, discount the importance of the original designer(s), nor those architects who followed.

Atlanta Athletic Club  Atlanta, Georgia.  A November 1911 report in The American Golfer, reads, in part, “trapping of it as planned by Mr. Walter J. Travis had greatly improved it”. — 1911    

Bailey Park Country Club, (NLE), Mount Vernon, NY–1922  The July 15, 1922 issue of The Daily Argus reported that “Walter J. Travis, former national open golf champion, and now a golf course architect, made an inspection of the grounds yesterday and said they would be ideal for golf purposes.  He was deeply impressed with the layout of the grounds and after a careful survey spoke enthusiastically of the course that could be developed.”  The course is listed by the Tillinghast Society as an A.W. Tillinghast design.

Bonnie Briar Country Club, Larchmont, NY — 1921 (The April 15, 1921 issue of NY Sun reported on plans for a new golf course in Westchester Country, noting that “Walter Travis was employed to examine the land and he reported enthusiastically on its possibilities”.  The property had a “wonderful overlook over Long Island Sound”.)  Devereux Emmet and A. W. Tillinghast are credited with the design of the course.

Century Country Club, Purchase, NY — 1922  According to the Century Country Club website, “Walter J. Travis, former British Amateur and three time U. S. Amateur Champion, was hired as a consultant. Upon his recommendation in 1922, the Club purchased 175 acres of the George W. Fairchild property on Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY.

Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, MD — 1910  March 1910 The American Golfer includes Travis among those who, with Donald Ross “advanced their ideas and have given their aid in laying it out”.

Chicago Golf Club, Chicago, IL —t916.  Walter Travis “conferred with officials……regarding plans to restore the putting greens.”  American Golfer, November 1916, pg 53. 

Cobb’s Creek Muni, Philadelphia, PA — 1915

Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, MD.  Invited by club to inspect its new course designed by H.H. Barker and Donald Ross — 1909

Country Club of Springfield, Springfield, MA — 1915

Forest Park Golf Club, Queens, NY — 1910.  NYC Mayor Gaynor appointed Travis to “inspect and report to him upon the condition of the public golf links at Forest Park….with a view to putting them in such condition as would put an end to the continual stream of complaints.”  In his report, Travis made several suggestions related to the water supply and the care and management of the golf course.  In addition, he recommended several changes to the golf course, including elimination of some holes, creation of new holes, and rearrangement of holes.

Fox Hills Golf Club (NLE), Staten Island, NY — 1906

Glen Echo Country Club, St. Louis, MO —1903.  Robert Foulis, original designer – 1901

Lakewood Country Club, Lakewood, NJ.   According to the October 11, 1909 NY Evening Post, “While extensive changes are being made in the links of the Lakewood Country Club under the direction of Walter J. Travis, golfing is not being interfered with…”. — 1909

Misquamicut Golf Club, Watch Hill, RI.– 1916.   Travis created a course layout at Misquamicut that was rejected because of financial concerns.  In 1921, Donald Ross was commissioned to design the course that currently exists.  There are notable similarities between the current layout and a course map allegedly drawn by Travis.

Mountain Ridge Country Club, West Caldwell, NJ.  mid-1920s  According to “100 Years of History for Mountain Ridge”, by Jeff Neuman (1912), published on the USGA’s website, Walter Travis was “hired” to “evaluate” the potential of its original site for a “first-class golf course”.  Based on Travis’s opinion, supported by Charles Banks and Seth Raynor, the club decided to seek other property for its golf course.

National Golf Links of American, Southhampton, NY, — 1910   Consulted with C.B. Macdonald, Devereux Emmet, and H.J.  Whigham.

Ormond Golf Club, Ormand Beach, FL — 1912

Paducah Golf and Country Club, Paducah, KY — 1925, Travis exchanged a series of letters with George Goodman, Chairman of Grounds Committee, in which he provided advice and information concerning the construction of sand greens. 

Palm Beach Club, Palm Beach, FL — 1912

Pasadena Muni Course, Pasadena, CA — 1922
According to 1922 newspaper accounts, Travis traveled to Pasadena, CA, and designed a golf course.  However, 1924 correspondence between Travis and the City Manager of Pasadena indicates that the city’s plans for a municipal golf course had changed.  Instead, they wanted to build a 9-hole course on another plot of land.  Travis offered advice, but  there is no evidence that the course was built.

Philadelphia Country Club,  Philadelphia, PA  Travis was paid $125 to examine and report on property proposed for a golf course.  He reported that the land was topographically unsuitable for a “first class” 18-hole golf course.  A few months later, when he learned that another site was being considered, he admittedly “solicited” the commission to design the course because he had “never laid out a course around Philadelphia”.1924

Pine Valley Golf Club, Pine Valley, NJ.  Consulted with George Crump.  There are reports that Travis drew plans for all holes, except #12, and created plans to make the first and 16th holes reversible — 1915

Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, NC.  Consulted with Donald Ross on the #2 course. — 1904

Salisbury Links (now known as Cherry Valley Club), Garden City, NY.  The exact date and involvement of Walter J. Travis has not been determined, though there are several reports that credit Travis with being involved in the design of the course, along with Devereux Emmet.–1907 – ?

Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket Island, MA — 1922

Saratoga Springs–Bonnie Brook Farm, Saratoga Springs, NY.  The April 4, 1917 Troy Times reported, “W. J. Travis, the golf course architect, was called into consultation Saturday and pronounced the Bonnie Brook Farm favorable for not only one but for several eighteen-hole courses.”  There is no evidence that a course was built on the land that Travis examined. – 1917

The Country Club, Brookline, MA — 1910

The Park Country Club, Buffalo, NY.  Examined and approved golf course site on which Colt and Allison created the existing course. — 1924

Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club (FKA Utica Golf & Country Club), Utica, NY — 1915

Van Cortland Park Golf Club, Bronx, NY — 1906

Wanakah Country Club, Hamburg, NY — 1910

Washington Golf & Country Club, Jewell, VA.  The June 22m 1919 Washington D. C. Evening Star reported that Walter j. Travis walked the course with James T. McClenahan, Greens Chairman, and subsequently, submitted a letter that detailed steps that needed to be taken in order to make a course “of championship caliber and sporty enough to satisfy the most exacting pro or amateur”.  Travis recommended the acquisition of additional land that would permit the construction of five new golf holes, and lengthening the course to 6,293 yards.  The implementation of Travis’ recommendations was supervised by William Flynn who altered Travis’s plans “considerably”, according to the November 23, 1919 Washington Evening Star.1919 

Yahnundasis Golf Club, New Hartford, NY.  The October 15, 1915 Utica Herald-Dispatch reported that “Walter J. Travis, the famous golfer, played around the links of the Yahnundasis Golf Club again today in order to study the course for the purpose of offering suggestions as to the improvement of the course by the erection of artificial traps, hazards, and bunkers.”1915

Yountakah CC (NLE), Nutley, NJ — 1924

38 Responses to Travis golf course projects by alphabet

  1. victoria townsend zascavage says:

    Looking for information on Frederick De Peyster Townsend – my grandfather.

    • Shirley Homsey says:

      Thank you for your inquiry. I’ve just returned from being away several days. Give me a couple of days to respond with whatever information I can find in the Travis Society files. Ed Homsey, Travis Society Archivist.

    • Ed says:

      I have sent you an email detailing the rather scanty information that the Travis Society possesses about your grandfather, Frederick de Peyster Townsend.

    • Richard Heye says:

      Victoria, I have put together a short paper about F. D. Townsend. Will be glad to share it with you. Dick Heye

      • edhomsey1930 says:

        Dick–I am hoping that Victoria checks back on our blog. Perhaps she will receive notice of your comment? Ed

      • Michele Palmer says:

        I’m researching Townsend for a Cultural Landscape Report on his home in Cooperstown, NY. I’d appreciate any info available!
        Michele Palmer

      • edhomsey1930 says:

        We do not have a lot of information on Townsend, but I’ll see what I have and get back to you. Ed Homsey

      • Ed says:

        Dick, Would you be willing to share your F.D. Townsend paper with the Travis Society? We would appreciate it greatly. Thanks.

    • John J. Heney says:

      I hope I am not too late. It is Dec. 31 2015! Is this the landscape architect or his son Frederick Jr? My great-grandfather George Chahoon was Townsend’s patron at Grand’Mere, Quebec. I am in Ottawa, Canada. Where are you? Reply to my email address Victoria. John Heney

    • John J. Heney says:

      Victoria, I am a great-grandson of George Chahoon of Grand’Mere, Quebec who employed Frederick in many projects, including the Grand’Mere golf course. I am working on a biography of Chahoon and in that am finding out about Frederick. Contact me if you wish. Hope this reaches you, my reply is January 2016 to your posting of December 25, 2011. cheers, John

  2. Ed says:


    If you will reply to this comment through the email, I will respond with our information on F.D. Townsend. In the meantime, I am wondering if you have had contact with his granddaughter who is at Xavier University?

  3. Randy says:

    I don’t see the Youngstown Ohio Country Club on the list. The clubs website says it was designed and built by Travis in 1911.

    • Ed says:

      Randy, You raise a very touchy subject for us. For many years, Youngstown CC was on our list, and we had regular contacts with a Youngstown CC friend, and provided a Travis Society plaque. However, a very dedicated, golf course architectural history researcher, who happened to be from Ohio, challenged our listing and provided documentation that clearly identified Herbert H. Barker as the architect of then, then Mahoning Golf Club. Please check the Feb. 1912 issue of “The Golfer”, the June 15, 1912 New York Evening Post, the Dec. 1, 1909 New York Tribune, and the Oct. 1911 American Golfer, pg 539-540. On the other hand, a June 23, 1912 Youngstown paper, The Sunday Vindicator contained a feature article about “Youngstown’s New Country Club”, in which it was stated, “Walter Travis of Garden City, Long Island, laid it out, and the construction was done under the supervision of a man sent here by him especially for that purpose”. Barker was the golf pro at Garden City Golf Club, where Travis was a member, and Travis once wrote that he and Barker often talked about golf course design. Interestingly, Travis never listed Youngstown CC in any of his several ads for his services as a golf course designer. The fact that Barker was described as the designer in the October 1911 issue of The American Golfer, Travis’s very own magazine, creates a major doubt in my mind. The scale of evidence seems to tilt in Barker’s direction.

      • Randy Wardrope says:

        Thanks for the response. Great info!


      • Dr. Geoff Herald says:

        To Randy and Ed, in regard to the question I just raised about Youngstown Country Club:

        Thanks for clarifying your research on YCC, and the confusion is understandable now that I have seen your reference to Travis’s own publication in which his role (if any) at YCC is not mentioned.

        The plaque is certainly still there and looks quite distinguished!

      • edhomsey1930 says:

        Thanks for your message, Dr. Herald. My guess is that there may have been some Travis influence, since he and H.H. Barker were close acquaintances during the time Barker was the Pro at Garden City Golf Club. In his 10/1920 autobiographical article, Travis states, “The changes at Garden City were made when H.H. Barker was the resident professional and many a talk I had with him regarding golf course architecture, which led to his undertaking, at my suggestion, the laying out of a number of courses’–“.

  4. Richard Rousseau says:

    Hello all,

    My name is Richard Rousseau, current owner of the Grandmere course. Townsend, Cahoun, Travis, and signed drawings by Allison of Colt, Mackenzie and Allison all form part of our history. What I fail to understand is Allison’s involvement. Townsend built the first holes, and completion of the 18 hole layout was clearly done by Travis, many of those holes never altered in any way. In what capacity did Allison and his partners get involved?

    I would be interested in any information you have on any of these people in regards to their involvement in what has been described by some of Quebec’s best players as one of our best layouts.

    “Following World War I, MacKenzie left medicine and began to work instead as a golf course designer in the United Kingdom, in association with Harry Colt and Charles Alison in 1919, with whom he formed the London firm of Colt, MacKenzie & Alison.

    We have a number of Travis’ original drawings.

    • edhomsey1930 says:


      Great to hear from you. We did not receive copies of Travis’s original drawings at Grandnere. I saw them in the flickr pictures you sent. Is there any date on those drawings? Did he do an overall course layout drawing? Would love to see that. Sorry that I do not have any information about Allison’s involvement. Would you mind if I posted your question on the website


      • Richard Rousseau says:

        Certainly, please do. I’m on my way to the Lucifer Golf Society’s Commonwealth tournament, then headed to Western Gailes for four days. When I get back I’ll be in touch. I’d like to go visit – now that we live in TO its not too long a drive. I’d bring all that we have to show you.

  5. Richard Rousseau says:

    This link will take you to pictures of the course, and some of the Travis and Allison Colt Mackenzie drawings.

  6. Victoria Townsend Zascavage says:

    Just found this correspondence concerning my grandfather Frederick. You might be interested in knowing that my son is now a landscape architect in the Pittsburgh area with his own business – JT Sauer and Associates. I can be reached at Victoria Townsend Zascavage

  7. Victoria Townsend Zascavage says:

    would love a copy of your paper !!!

  8. Ken Nicosia says:

    what kind of sketches/drawings/plans do you have regarding Yountakah ?

  9. edhomsey1930 says:

    Ken–We have some 1924correspondence between Travis and the President of Yountakah Country Club in which he offers observations about course and clubhouse. It looks as if he suggested a rerouting and, also, there are indications that he had drawn a map. We do not have any drawings.

  10. ken Nicosia says:

    Thank you for the email. Did you look at the Irrigation System diagram that I sent you ?

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      I did. That is a very interesting map. Thanks for the diagram.

      • ken Nicosia says:

        I conclude from the diagram, that Mr. Travis did in-fact work on the course, as the Recommendations he submitted were followed to the letter. Notice the 1st & 10th near the Clubhouse, as requested by the Membership

  11. Hi there great work detailing all of WJT’s work, I’m looking for any information relating to the redesign of White Beeches Golf and Country Club r.1912.
    Thanks in advance,

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      Sean—I really appreciate your comments. Give me a little time to get back to you on the WBGCC redesign.

      Ed Homsey, Archivist/Historian

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      Sean, Would you email me at In my reply, I will attached the few articles we have that speak to the work that Travis did there in 1918. Look forward to hearing from you.

      Ed Homsey, Archivist/Historian

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      Sean–Our earliest report of WJT at WBGCC was June 3, 1918 NY Evening World. Just states “Haworth Country Club has decided to proceed with the work or reconstructing its golf links and has engaged Walter J. Travis to survey, layout, and model the course.
      A June 12 1918 article, in same paper states: The Haworth Club hopes to have its new holes opened within a few weeks. Walter J. Travis is superintending the partial reconstruction of the course, which includes brand new lay-outs for the first, second, fourteenth, and eightteenth holes.”
      A Sept 23, 1918 article states, “Members of the Haworth CC of Haworth, NJ are quite proud of the new greens which have been constructed on the recommendation of Walter J. Travis, and which were opened recently.”

      An Oct. 18, 1920 NY times refers to a reorganization and name change to White Beeches GCC. And, the article indicates that Travis is “working out plans for the new course”.
      Then, a Nov. 1920 NY Evening telegram report: “The Haworth Club had originally a nine hole course, but it got into financial difficulties and was taken over under foreclosure proceedings by some of the old members. Walter J. Travis has been working on the new links which will cover the full 18 holes.”

      An April 25, 1925 NY Evening Post article has this to say: “The winter months have not been ones of inactivity at White beeches. The whole course was revamped, and no less than seven new greens opened last Sunday. Possibly the most interesting change is on the sixteenth. This originally called for a shot over a road and a second across a lake to the green. There was always some danger that passing pedestrians and vehicles would be injured, so the tee was moved to the green side of the road and the hole was made a one-shotter instead of two. The course has been shortened somewhat and par is now 71 instread of 72”. There is no mention of Travis in this article.

      From my reading of this, it appears that Travis was brought in and did some redesign work on the original Haworth nine. But,with the reorganization of the club, and acquisition of new land, in 1920, he designed an 18 hole course. From our available info, it is unclear as to whether the original Haworth nine was included in the full 18 hole course that is referred to in the 1925 article. Anyone out there who has an answer to this question?

  12. Joseph Rogerson says:

    Was just going through the list of WJT “consultations” and noticed a reference to Forest Park Golf Club, Bronx NY 1910. Having grown up a few blocks from Forest Park Golf Club in Queens, NY I thought it strange that another could exist within NYC limits. I could find no reference to one in the Bronx ever. FPGC in Woodhaven, Queens, NYC was opened in 1905 with 9 holes and soon expanded. Given the referenced consultation was 1910 I think the reference should read “Queens, NY not the Bronx.

    • edhomsey1930 says:

      Mr. Rogerson, you are absolutely correct. Information in our files confirms your information as does a quick Google Map search. Cannot explain the error, but am very happy that you caught it. It will be corrected.

  13. I had the opportunity a couple years ago to present the story behind the prototype for the Schenectady putter that we know today. I brought the prototype to your meeting in New Jersey. I live close to the Mt. Pocono Golf Club (9 hole) that you show in your list of Travis work. I am trying to get a better understanding of the layout before the bulldozers find thier way to the course. I walked the course last week and I think I see what must have been the ninth. Do you have a scorecard or something that shows the par for each of the nine holes? Thank you, Bob Gettis, past president of The Golf Heritage Society

  14. edhomsey1930 says:

    Bob, we don’t have a scorecard, but I’m thinking that the fellow who will be my successor may have some info. Let me alert him to your post, and suggest that the two of you exchange messages.
    Ed Homsey, Society Historian

  15. Albert De Angelis says:

    I would be very much interested to know if there are any design illustrations for Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown New Jersey.

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