Forrest Richardson studied golf course architecture as part of an ALSG program at the University of Dundee in Dundee, Scotland. His independent study work included time at St. Andrews, Scotland and the Fife Region. He attended Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. Like most golf course architects, he learned under the direction of an established golf architect. Forrest's mentor was Arthur Jack Snyder, also a member of the ASGCA and a past-president of that professional organization.
Forrest is the youngest in a lineage of architects beginning with Henry and W.C. Fownes, designers of the famous Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh. Snyder, and his father before him, each were greenkeepers at Oakmont, learning the design business at one of America's most classic courses and then passing their knowledge onto Forrest.
Forrest is a regular presenter at major golf conferences and symposiums, and is a contributor to several golf publications. He is one of the few golf course architects to be appointed to a panel to rate golf courses on America's Top 100 lists.
Forrest is the author of four books on golf architecture; Routing the Golf Course, , a book about the routing and planning of golf courses (John Wiley & Sons, 2002), Bunkers, Pits & Other Hazards, a title covering the nuances of hazards — golf's most essential elements (co-written with Mark Fine, John Wiley & Sons, 2005), On Course, a dictionary of golf course terms, and Of Course, an anthology of writings and images beginning with his early career in the 1970s.
Richardson is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and the prestigious Keepers of the Green of St. Andrews, Scotland.
August 20th, 2018 | 1 hr 18 mins
He is all too often remembered only for some radical designs in later life but English course architect Desmond Muirhead was a man way ahead of his time. Two of Muirhead's closest friends, Tommy Naccarato and Forrest Richardson, join Rod Morri and Adrian Logue on episode 72 to shed some light on the life and thoughts of one of the game's truly great characters.