EASTON, Md. -- Welsh-born golf course architect Ian Scott-Taylor is a talented and knowledgeable student of the world's great golf courses designed by the revered triumvirate of Alister MacKenzie, Donald Ross and A.W. Tillinghast, whose portfolios of work were created during what was known as golf's "Golden Age" in the early 1900s.
In 2001, Scott-Taylor was engaged by Hopkinton Country Club in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to redesign an existing course on the site and transform it to a throwback classic architectural style. Scott-Taylor combined the design philosophies of Ross and MacKenzie and the result was something Masters champion Ian Woosnam called "a great achievement of old fashioned golf architecture. Hopkinton is so reminiscent of playing on the courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland."
This fall the club invited Scott-Taylor back to rework the 10th hole. The architect dedicated his redesign to MacKenzie and incorporated evocative style traits that now make this 400 yard par-4 a real stunner and a members' conversation topic. In reconfiguring the 10th green, Scott-Taylor managed to incorporate MacKenzie's love of the famous Redan hole at Scotland's North Berwick Golf Club, which creates havoc with putts on a surface that slopes from right to left.
"Ian has been a great partner with Hopkinton Country Club in the development of our initial renovation and our current 10th hole redesign," said General Manager Tim Gordon. "Members especially like his accessibility throughout his projects here. He's also a great artist and has helped us communicate the vision for his designs to the membership through his engaging watercolors. Ian possesses an uncanny kinship with those legendary architects of golf's Golden Age. You'd swear that MacKenzie had been here working his magic on the 10th hole."
About Ian Scott-Taylor Golf Architect LLC
Ian Scott-Taylor is known for his sensitive renovation work of Donald Ross, Alister MacKenzie, A.W. Tillinghast, Joe Lee and Willie Park, Jr. courses. His practice, originally founded in Wales and now headquartered in Easton, Maryland, is dedicated to preserving the values of old world course architecture in the game of golf. Gary Player praised Scott-Taylor's award-winning Hunters Oak Golf Club design in Queenstown, Maryland, by proclaiming: "What a test of golf; you might as well be right in the middle of Scotland." Hunters Oak also was acclaimed as the best British links interpretation in the U.S., and for his exceptional work Scott-Taylor was cited by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 25 Hottest Golf Architects." For more information, visit www.ianscott-taylor.com.
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