Rooted in the heart of Texas, Ralph Plummer spent most of his life in the Fort Worth area. He would learn the game of golf at an early age as a caddy at Glen Garden Country Club. After receiving formal education at Texas A&M University, he would launch a career as a golf professional in South Texas the early 1920’s. During that time, he traveled and competed against other top professionals, but due to lack of funds required to play the professional game, Plummer decided to proceed in another avenue.
Plummer’s golf design career began in 1927, where he helped assist architect John Bredemus on a nine-hole golf course in South Texas. He helped construct and complete the course, and eventually took over as head professional of the golf course. When the Depression hit, Plummer would resign and start to work with Bredemus.
After World War II, when Bredemus moved to Mexico to work full-time, Plummer decided to take on golf course architecture full-time. During his career, he was able to design and redesign 86 golf courses. He was known as an “on-site” designer, who loved to plan and strategize.
Plummer was elected into the ASGCA in 1956 and served as ASGCA President from 1962-1963. Plummer was a member for 26 years until his death in 1982.