Golf course architect Hamilton Strutt dies

Hamilton Stutt, a founder member of the British Association of Golf Course Architects, has died peacefully at his home aged 83.

He was an unquestionable example of a sincere, authentic and genuine gentleman, said Peter Harradine, past president of European Institute of Golf Course Architects.

He was a true European who helped convince Euro-sceptics to accept amalgamation of three institutes into our current European institute.

John Hamilton Stutt – he was addressed by his middle name - is a past president of the British & International Golf Greenkeepers' Association.

He studied botany and maths, served with the RAF in the war, and quit his family construction business in the 1960s to devote all his time to golf-course architecture.

Stutt worked on more than 120 projects in Europe and the Middle East. Favourites included Turnberry, St Mellion Old, Meon Valley and Woodbridge Park.

His publications included Restoration of Derelict Land for Golf, and for many years he was on the board of the Sports Turf Research Institute.

Hamilton Stutt, who died on 7 October, is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren.

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