Morrish received a degree in landscape and turf management from Colorado State University, then soon joined the construction team on the Robert Trent Jones-designed Spyglass Hill course in Pebble Beach, California. He continued to work as construction superintendent on Jones’ courses until joining Desmond Muirhead as a designer in 1967. Morrish then went to work as a designer with Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow in 1972. After 10 years he went off on his own with PGA Tour player Tom Weiskopf. Their 12-year partnership generated some two dozen high-profile courses, including Loch Lomond in Scotland.
In the mid 1990’s Morrish went completely on his own and designed many new golf courses. All of these were done with the assistance of his son, Carter Morrish. He was also active around the world, designing courses in Spain, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
“Jay Morrish was a stalwart who was admired by everyone,” ASGCA Past President Lee Schmidt said. “His work was outstanding, and he was funny and smart. As an architect, he positively impacted the world of golf course design, and as ASGCA President he advanced the organization. When Jay spoke, people listened.” Morrish became an ASGCA member in 1989 and served as President in 2002-03.