Theodore Robinson

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1923 - 2008

Robinson was born 1923, in Long Beach, California. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and earned his Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California in 1948. Dubbed the “King of Waterscapes,” Robinson endorsed the use of water as a defining hazard for course designs. He believed waterscapes gave putting greens maximum character and provided players with an appealing challenge. Robinson was also widely recognized for his golf-oriented master planned community, Mesa Verde, in Costa Mesa as well as 26 separate golf course architecture projects in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area alone.

As Robinson’s career blossomed, Golf Digest listed his courses among the top five in Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii. One of Robinson’s most beloved projects was Sahalee Country Club, long regarded as one of the top 100 courses in the world. Located in Redmond, Washington, Sahalee Country Club hosted the PGA Championship in 1998.

Robinson was elected into the ASGCA in 1974 as a Regular member and served as ASGCA President in 1983. He moved to Fellow status in 1995 and served as a member until his death in 2008.

Sahalee Country Club
Redmond, Washington

Indian Wells Golf Resort
Indian Wells, California

Desert Horizons Country Club
Indian Wells, California

National Golf Club
Fort Washington, Maryland

Koele Golf Course
Lanai City, Hawaii