The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame has inducted ASGCA Past President Bob Cupp as part of the Class of ’14. The induction ceremony took place January 14 at the Atlanta Country Club in Johns Creek, Ga., where Cupp was cited for designing, “some of the world’s most famous championship tracks.”
Also inducted with Cupp were:
Cupp heads Bob Cupp, Inc. in Atlanta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and a Masters in Fine Arts from the U.S. Army Extension Service. With more than 40 years as a golf course architect, Cupp’s list of representative courses includes: Beacon Hall, Ontario, Canada; Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, Portland, Ore.; Crosswater Golf Club, Sunriver, Ore.; Old Waverly Country Club, West Point, Miss. (with Jerry Pate); and Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.
After a brief career as a professional golfer, Cupp began designing courses. He worked with Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA Fellow, as a senior designer for more than 15 years before forming his own firm. His courses have hosted more than 50 national and international championships and in 1992 “Golf World Magazine” recognized Cupp as its first-ever Golf Architect of the Year. “Golf Digest” and “Golf Magazine” have selected his work as the best in the United States four times and runner-up six times.
A noted author, Cupp He has written several books, and also wrote the script and companion book for the 2012 PBS documentary “Golf’s Grand Design.”
As ASGCA President in 2012-13, Cupp generated a discussion among those both inside and outside the golf industry about the state of the game. “Golf is a fun game; it is why 99% of us continue to play,” he said. “So let’s be upfront and ask ourselves some difficult questions that might bring the attention back to the basics – why we play the game. I wish I had the answers, but I, along with my fellow ASGCA members, are always anxious to work with our friends in the industry to lead more people – especially families – to play more golf, more often, for the sheer fun of the game.”