International course designer Knott dies at 65

Bob Knott, a champion golfer and international course designer, has died. He was 65.

Knott was the construction manager of the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates, site of the European Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship.

“Bob Knott was a lovely man who became a wonderful friend of the European Tour and we offer our sincere condolences to his wife, Sue, and their children, Alex and Ben,” said George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour. “Bob was at the forefront of the design and development of the Earth Course with Greg Norman and his team, and the course has now played host to two wonderful Dubai World Championships.”

Knott, who lived in Devon (United Kingdom), devoted much of his career to Churston Golf Club, although in 2005 he ventured out to the United Arab Emirates to work for Leisurecorp, the company tasked with developing Dubai’s leading residential golf community at Jumeirah Golf Estates. The inaugural Dubai World Championship took place in 2009.

Knott won 11 Churston club championships, but the most significant feat in his playing career was capturing the Devon Open – a competition open to professionals and amateurs – in 2003.

“Bob was a terrific guy and a good friend,” said Brian Huggett, the 1977 Ryder Cup captain. “He worked for me as a project manager on several courses including Orchard Leigh in Somerset and The Lakes Course at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire. He will be sadly missed.”

Information from the European Tour was used in this report.

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