Donald James Ross (November 23, 1872 – April 26, 1948) was a golf course designer. He was born in Dornoch, Scotland, but became a citizen of and spent most of his adult life in the United States. He was involved in designing or redesigning around 400 courses from 1900–1948, laying the foundation for America’s golf industry.
But Did You Know…
1. His first job after arriving in the U.S. was with Oakley Country Club in Watertown, MA.
2. He won three North and South Opens (1903, 1905, 1906).
3. Ross finished fifth in the 1903 U.S. Open and eighth in the 1910 Open Championship.
4. His brother Alec won the 1907 U.S. Open.
5. Ross was a founding member and first president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, which was formed at Pinehurst in 1947.