George W. Cobb (1914-1986) ASGCA
Born: Savannah, Georgia / Died: Greenville, South Carolina at age 71
George Cobb attended the University of Georgia, graduating in 1937 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He was employed by the National Park Service as a landscape architect until 1941, when he entered the U.S. Marine Corps as an engineering officer.
The Marine Corps recognized in Cobb, a landscape architect and scratch golfer, the makings of a golf course architect. So he was assigned to design and build a golf course for Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Unsure of his abilities, Cobb asked and got permission to retain Fred Findlay as course architect, for, as he later put it, “I didn’t want to be court-martialed if it turned out bad.” Cobb acted as construction superintendent on this and a second layout was built by Findlay at Camp Lejeune.
Cobb’s first solo project at the Cherry Point (N.C.) Marine Corps air station in 1946. He entered private practice as a golf architect in 1947 but was recalled to active duty in 1951. Following his second tour in the Marines, Cobb reentered private practice as a golf architect and land planner, opening an office in Greenville, S.C. in 1956. In the 1950’s and 1960’s he served as design consultant to Augusta National GC, and developed a close friendship with Bobby Jones. When the club decided to install a nine-hole par 3 course, Cobb was asked to design it. When Jones authored an autobiography (Golf is my Game) in 1959, Cobb drafted the attractive hole-by-hole diagram of Augusta National used as illustrations.
Though several of his designs were used as professional tournament sites, Cobb prided himself in providing attractive, playable layouts that resort players found enjoyable, not frustrating.
George Cobb Resume
Burningtree CC. Decatur (1966); Fort McClellan GC (9, 1971); Goosepond Colony GC, Scottsboro (1971); Inverness CC, Birmingham (1973); Pine Tree CC, Birmingham (1969); Still Waters CC, Dadeville (1973).
Deerwood CC, Jacksonville (1961); Gainesville G & CC, (1963).
Augusta National GC, Augusta (Par 3, 9, 1960), with Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr.; Brookfield West G & CC, Atlanta (1972); Browns Mill GC, Atlanta (1970); Doublegate Plantation CC, Albany (1964); Forest Heights CC, Statesboro (1966); Green Island CC, Columbus (1960); Lakeside CC, Atlanta (1960); Mary Calder GC, Savannah (9, 1967); Milledgeville CC (1963); Sea Palms G & CC, St. Simons Island (18, 1967); Waynesboro CC, (9, 1963); Windsor Forest CC, Savannah (9, 1962).
Fort Eustis GC (1956); Fort Meade GC (Parks Course) (1956); Laurel CC, (1957); Laurel Pines CC; Prospect Hill CC, Bowie (1956), University of Maryland GC, College Park (1956).
Eisenhower College GC, Seneca (Precision, 9, 1972).
Bald Head Island CC (1972); Bryan Park GC (Course No. 1), Greensboro (1973), with John LaFoy; Cabarrus CC, Concord (1966); Carmel CC ( North Course), Charlotte (1950); Cherry Point GC (1946); Cleghorn Plantation G & CC, Rutherfordton (1972); Connestee Falls CC, Brevard (1972); Croasdaile CC, Durham (1965); CC of Sapphire (1958); Finley GC, University of North Carolina (1951); Green Valley GC, Greensboro (1947); High Meadows GC, Roaring Gap (1964); Hound Ear CC, Blowing Rock (1963); Jacksonville CC (1951); Linville Ridge CC; Linville (1983); with John LaFoy; Mountain Glen GC, Newland (1963); Mountain Valley GC, Waynesville (Par 3, 9, 1961); North Hills CC, Raleigh (1967); Oak Island CC, Southport (1962); Paradise Point GC (Gold Course), Camp Lejeune (1945); Pope AFB GC, Fayetteville (9, 1970); Quail Hollow GC, Charlotte (1961); Raleigh Golf Assoc. GC (9, 1958); Rolling Hills CC, Monroe (1964); Wildcat Cliffs CC, Highlands (1962); Willow Haven CC,
Sharon CC, Sharon Center (1965).
Adventure Inn GC, Hilton Head Island (NLE, 9, 1965); Berkeley CC, Moncks Corner (1961); Botany Woods GC, Greenville (Par 3, 9, 1963); Cat Island CC, Fripp Island (1985) with Byron Comstock; Charleston AFB GC (9, 1966); Clemson University GC (1976), with John LaFoy; Fort Jackson GC, Columbia (1949); Fripp Island CC (1964); Green Valley CC, Greenville (1958); Greenwood CC (9, 1950); Holly Tree CC, Greenville (1973), with John LaFoy; J.C. Long Estate GC, Mt. Pleasant (9, 1957); Keowee Key CC, Seneca (1977), with John LaFoy; Myrtlewood GC (Pines Course), Myrtle Beach (1966); Port Royal GC, (Barony Course), Hilton Head Island(1964); Port Royal GC (Robbers Row Course), Hilton Head Island (9, 1965); Santee Cooper CC (1968); Sea Pines Plantation GC, Hilton Head Island (Ocean Course 1967) (Sea March Course 1961); Shipyard GC (Clipper and Galleon Nines), Hilton Head Island (1970); Snee Farm CC, Charleston (1970); Spanish Wells CC, Hilton Head Island (9. 1970); Spring Valley CC, Columbia (1961); Star Fort National GC, Ninety-Six (1969); Surf GC, Myrtle Beach (1960); Woodlands CC (1975), with John LaFoy.
Clarksville CC (1966); Frank G. Clemment GC, Dickson; Stonebridge GC, Memphis (1974); Warriors Path State Park, Kingsport (1970).
New Quarter Park GC (1977), with John LaFoy; Pohick Bay GC (1978), with John LaFoy; Red Wing Lake GC, Virginia Beach (1971); Tides Inn & CC (Golden Eagle Course), Irvington (1976), with John LaFoy.
CC of Charleston (1969); Glade Springs CC, Beckley (1973); Mountainwood Park GC (1977), with John LaFoy.
Andros Island CC (NLE, 9, 196