Seth Raynor: A Comprehensive List Of The Projects With Which He Was Associated

This is the most up-to-date record of the golf course projects associated with Seth Raynor. The list is comprised of layouts that he designed, and which were built, the courses Raynor renovated, the courses he designed but were never built, projects in which Raynor participated but the work is unknown, layouts that most likely have a Raynor connection and courses that are or were purported have Raynor link but lack proof, and finally, layouts which Raynor built or renovated for Charles Blair Macdonald.

The information was culled from online source material including newspaper and magazine articles, club websites, as well as club history books. The research was performed by Bret Lawrence, Nigel Island and Anthony Pioppi. Contact information can be found at the bottom of the page.

Seth Raynor Golf Courses

 (All dates are the year a course or holes opened)

(FKA = Formerly Known As; NLE = No Longer Exists; NKA = Now Known As)

 

Courses Designed or Renovated by Seth Raynor That Were Built (51)

Augusta Country Club, Lake Course, Augusta, Ga. 1925, rebuilt all 18 greens, converting them from sand to grass, (NLE)

Blind Brook Club, Purchase, N.Y., 1917 (fairway bunkering added later by club without Raynor’s input.)

Blowing Rock (N.C.) Country Club, 1916, 1926 (FKA Green Park-Norwood Golf Course)

Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, Wauwatosa, Wisc., 1926

Brookville Country Club, Glen Head, N.Y., 1922 first 9, 1924 second 9

Camargo Club, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1927

Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club, 1923 (Total renovation of Charles Blair Macdonald design with Macdonald’s blessing.)

Country Club of Charleston (S.C.), 1925

Country Club of Fairfield, (Conn.), 1921 (significant alterations to layout made by Robert Trent Jones in the late 1950s)

Creek Club, Locust Valley, N.Y., 1922

Dedham (Mass.) Country & Polo Club, 1925 (partial redesign and construction of original holes)

Elkridge Club, Baltimore, M.D., 1925

Essex County Country Club, West Orange, N.J., first course, 1925; second course, 1927 (NKA Francis A. Byrne Golf Course)

Essex Fells (N.J.) Country Club, 1929, renovated two holes

Everglades Golf Course, Palm Beach, Fla., first nine 1920, second nine 1930 ostensibly built to Raynor’s plans

Fishers Island (N.Y.) Club, 1926

Forest Park, St. Louis, Mo., 27 holes, (routing only)

Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Penn., 1925

Golf Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn., 1926 (Charles Blair Macdonald consulted) FKA Yale Golf Club, The Course at Yale

Greenbrier, #1 Course, White Sulphur Springs, Virg., 1923, renovation of 1914 Macdonald design, which he helped build (NKA Old White TPC)

Greenbrier, #2 Course, White Sulphur Springs, Virg., 1923 renovation of existing 9 holes. The course was later expanded to 18 holes, none of Raynor’s work remains (NKA The Meadows)

Greenbrier, #3 Course, White Sulphur Springs, Virg., 1924, none of Raynor’s work remains (NKA Greenbrier Course)

Hotchkiss School, Salisbury, Conn., 1925, nine holes (Subsequent renovation of three holes by Charles Banks.)

Knollwood Country Club, Elmsford, N.Y., 1927

Lake Wales (Fla.) Municipal Golf Course, first nine, 1925; second nine, 1926, (NKA Lake Wales Country Club, significant alterations to the course over a number of years.)

Lookout Mountain (Ga.) Club, Lookout Mountain, 1927 (FKA Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Fairyland Golf Club),

Maidstone Club, Easthampton, N.Y. 1923, designed second course (NLE), renovation of existing course

Metairie Country Club, Metairie, La., 1924 (Raynor may have never been on site.)

Midland Hills Country Club, Saint Paul, Minn., 1921(FKA University Golf Club)

Mid-Pacific Country Club, Kailua, Hawaii, front nine 1928; back nine, 1949

Misquamicut, Westerly, R.I., 1913 (Renovated five holes, possibly Raynor’s first solo work.)

Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Pebble Beach, Cal., Dunes Course, 1926 (for the Del Monte Corporation)

Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, Fla., first nine holes, 1917; second nine holes, 1921 (In the late 1920s Charles Banks turned the par-4 eighth hole into a par-5 and created a new ninth hole.)

Nassau Country Club, N.Y., 1915 (renovation, one hole remains)

North Shore Country Club, Glen Head, N.Y., 1916 (renovation)

Oakland Golf Club, Bayside, N.Y.,  1919 (NLE)

Ocean Links, Newport, R.I., 1921, nine holes, Charles Blair Macdonald consulted, (NLE)

Palm Beach Winter Club, North Palm Beach, Fla., 1926, (NLE) This was the course Raynor was visiting when he died. None of his work remains, (NKA North Palm Beach Country Club)

Porto Rico Country Club, San Juan, 1919, nine holes (connected to Condado-Vanderbilt Hotel, NLE)

Riddell’s Bay Golf and Country Club, Bermuda, 1922

Rock Spring Club, West Orange, N.J. 1925

Shoreacres, Lake Bluff, Ill., 1921

Somerset Country Club, Mendota Heights, Minn., 1920 (substantial renovation by Stanley Thompson)

Southampton (N.Y.) Golf Club, Southampton, 1927 (the only club of which Raynor was known to be a member)

Statesville (N.C.) Country Club, 1926, nine holes (NLE)

Sunningdale Country Club, Scarsdale, N.Y., 1918 (Subsequent significant renovations by Walter Travis, A.W. Tillinghast and Mike Devries)

Taft School, Watertown, Conn. 1925, nine holes, not on site for construction (NLE)

Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1927 (five holes lost to development)

Wanumetonomy Golf and Country Club, Middletown, R.I., first nine, 1923; second nine, 1924 (FKA Bay Links)

Westhampton Country Club, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., 1916 (possibly with input from Macdonald)

Yeamans Hall Country Club, Hanahan, S.C., 1925

 

Courses Designed by Seth Raynor but Never Built (22)

Coral Keys, Englewood, Fla., 27 holes, routed to play as two 18-hole layouts

Golf Course at Yale, New Haven, Conn., second 18-hole course, (FKA Yale Golf Club, The Course at Yale)

Cragin Park, West Palm Beach, Fla., (“Laid out” by Banks after Raynor’s death. Banks likely tweaked Raynor’s plans. The project never came to fruition.)

Cypress Point Club, Pebble Beach, Calif. (for the Del Monte Corporation)

Del Monte Links, Pebble Beach, Calif., renovation (for the Del Monte Corporation)

Del Monte Links, Pebble Beach, Calif., new course (for the Del Monte Corporation)

E.C. Shotwell Private Course, Enterprise, Fla.

Fishers Island (N.Y.) Club, second 18. (As late as July of 1926 alterations were made to the plans, most likely by Charles Banks.)

Glen Acres Country Club, Clarence, N.Y., also known as Mossy Springs Country Club.

Hay Harbor Club, Fishers Island, N.Y., (unknown if nine or 18 holes, Raynor presented plaster model to club.)

Mid Ocean Club, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda, third nine, (plan dated Jan. 13, 1923, possibly a Charles Blair Macdonald design.)

Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Pebble Beach, Cal.; Shore Course, 1927 (for the Del Monte Corporation)

Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, Fla., second 18-hole course

New Haven (Conn.) Country Club; the club has a letter from Raynor stating he drew up three plans. The course was designed by Willie Park.

Olympic Club, San Francisco, Cal., Lake Side Golf Course

Saint George Country Club, Bermuda, attached to the St. George’s Hotel (Newspaper accounts in 1924 have Raynor laying out a course. Nine holes did not open until 1928 and were designed by Devereux Emmet.)

Southampton (N.Y.) Golf Club; Raynor produced plans for the original site called Cow’s Neck, as well as plans for the current location, but on a smaller parcel of land. When more land was purchased, that necessitated the drafting of the plan that was eventually implemented.

Suffolk County Country Club, Islip, N.Y. (for Marion Hollins’s father)

Yeamans Hall Club, Hanahan, S.C., 1926, second 18-hole course

 

Unknown Work of Seth Raynor (4)

Hollywood Golf Club, Deal, N.J., 1916, club paid Raynor $200 and allocated $2,500 to implement his recommendations.

Newport (R.I.) Country Club, 1923, fee of $500 plus expenses of $38.90 paid, “For services rendered in connection with the golf course.”

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California (work on unknown number of greens)

Women’s National Golf and Tennis Club, Glen Head, N.Y. 1923 Macdonald and Raynor consulted on Devereux Emmet design. (NKA Glen Head Country Club)

 

Clubs Purported to have Seth Raynor Connection, Some Evidence Exists (2)

Gardiner’s Bay Country Club, 1915, (FKA Manhasset Country Club)

Thousand Island Country Club, Alexandria Bay, N.Y., 1922

 

Clubs Purported to Have Seth Raynor Connection but Lack Proof or

Contradictory Proof Exists (12)

Babson Park (Fla.) Golf and Yacht Club, (Ralph Barton design)

Bellport (N.Y.) Country Club, first nine, 1915; second nine, 1919

Berwind Country Club, Puerto Rico

Crawford Country Club, N.Y.

J.P. Knapp Private Course, Southampton, N.Y., 3 greens

Minnesota Valley Country Club, Bloomington, Minn.

Roselle (N.J.) Golf Club, (Robert White design, NLE)

Sequoya Hills Country Club, Oakland, Cal.

Santa Barbara course (mentioned in Raynor’s wire service obituary)

Watchung (N.J.) Valley Golf Club, (Marty O’Loughlin design, FKA Hydewood Golf Course)

Westchester Hills Golf Club, N.Y.

William E. Stauffer Private Course, New Orleans, La., 1921

 

Courses Seth Raynor Built or Renovated for C.B. Macdonald (15)

Cold Spring Country Club, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.,1919, FKA Otto Kahn Private Course, Oheka Golf Club

Deepdale, Great Neck, N.Y. 1926

Edward S. Moore private course, Roslyn, N.Y. 1922, 3 greens, (NLE)

Gibson Island Club, Gibson Island, Md., 1924 (36 holes designed, 18 built, portions or all of 7 original holes remain. Most likely Macdonald’s only 36-hole project.)

Greenbrier, #1 Course, White Sulphur Springs, Virg.1914 (NKA The Old White TPC)

Greenwich (Conn.) Country Club, 1916, rebunkering project

Lido Club, Long Beach, N.Y., 1918 (NLE)

Links Club, North Hills, N.Y. 1919 (NLE)

Mid Ocean Club, Tucker’s Town, Bermuda, 1922 (A third nine was routed, but never built.)

Morris County Golf Club, Morristown, N.J., 14 holes 1918, 4 holes 1919 (Renovation of an existing layout and the construction of holes on newly-acquired land.)

Payne Whitney Estate, Manhasset, N.Y., 1917 (three-green course)

Piping Rock, Locust Valley, N.Y., 1913

Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, N.Y., 1917 (Subsequently renovated by William Flynn, four-and-a-half Macdonald holes remain.)

Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Scarborough, N.Y., 1913 (Significant renovations over the years by a number of architects have removed much of Macdonald’s work.)

St. Louis (Mo.) Country Club, 1914

(This list was compiled by Nigel Islam, Bret Lawrence and Anthony Pioppi. It was updated on Sept. 4, 2019. Please send questions, corrections, updates, and vitriolic rants to AnthonyPioppi@gmail.com.)

 

 

 

4 Responses to “Seth Raynor: A Comprehensive List Of The Projects With Which He Was Associated”

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  1. SPizzi

    Anthony….Raynor did a routing for New Haven CC in Hamden….before Willie park did the redo…..recently discovered by current board/pro

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  2. George Simonson

    A wonderful job – well done.
    I have gone to courses and talked to the pros at them only to have a conversation about Raynor’s work. Sometimes I get mixed reviews, sometimes I get that Charles Blair Macdonald did their course. This way I have a more defined involvement in Raynor’s work. I have printed up the list and have it in one of Anthony Pioppi’s books.
    For anyone interested in great golf course design, study Raynor and speak to Anthony. He is a wonderful and knowledge person. A real pro.

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