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The FIRST FAMILIES of GOLF
June 17, 2002
Every course architect is a branch on one of 35 design family trees. SI picked the best trees and the top 10 tracks from each
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June 17, 2002

The First Families Of Golf

Every course architect is a branch on one of 35 design family trees. SI picked the best trees and the top 10 tracks from each

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Dan MAPLES (1947-)[9]
Ed SEAY (1938-)[10]

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Cary BICKLER (1943-)
Harry RAINVILLE (1905-1982)[11]
Richard WATSON (1932-)

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Sandy BIGLER (1966-)

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George SARGENT JR. (1949-)

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Michael GLEASON (1959-)

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Erik LARSEN (1954-)
Harrison MINCHEW (1956-)
Vicki MARTZ (1945-)
Bob WALKER (1948-)

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David RAINVILLE (1936-)

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William WATSON (NA)

DOUGLAS ROLLAND Tree
FAMILY RANKING: No. 2

DOUGLAS ROLLAND (1860-1914)
Twice a runner-up at the British Open, Rolland, a Scot, was one of the longest hitters of his era, but his designs were rooted in deception. His influence can be seen in the natural bunkering at Pine Valley and Prairie Dunes and the illusive terrain of Royal Melbourne.

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