AMHERST, Mass. – Geoffrey Cornish, reputed to have designed more golf courses in New England than any other architect, died Feb. 10, according to the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He was 97. No cause of death was disclosed.
Cornish, a past president of the ASGCA, had a role in designing 240 layouts in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Among his most notable designs were the Pines Course at The International in Bolton, Mass.; Center Valley (Pa.) Club; and the New Course at Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He remained active with Mungeam Cornish Golf Design.
Among the many course-design books that he authored, “The Architects of Golf” was regarded as a landmark reference work. It allowed readers, for the first time, to obtain specific information about the architectural history of courses and their designers. Cornish was a frequent lecturer worldwide on course architecture.
“His exceptional work as a golf-course architect, author and lecturer cannot be overstated,” said Rick Phelps, the ASGCA’s president. “Mr. Cornish’s contributions to the profession of golf-course architecture and the golf industry will live on for generations.”
A native Canadian, Cornish attained the rank of major while serving overseas in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was enshrined in the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
No formal funeral service was planned.