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Donald J. Ross is known as the Dean of American golf course architects and the most prolific designer in golf’s Golden Age (1910-1940).

Founding Member and first President of the American golf course architects, Donald James Ross transformed the American sports landscape in the first half of the 20th century.

At his death in 1948, he left behind a legacy of over 400 courses including famously known Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, Seminole in Florida, and Oakland Hills outside of Detroit. Over 100 U.S. National Championships have been played on his designs.

Donald Ross’ letter and diaries reveal a man who valued hard work, scrupulous attention to detail, exacting standards, innovation and style.

Today these are our driving principles at Donald Ross Sportswear.


In 1899, after apprenticing under the legendary Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews, the green keeper and club maker from Dornoch, Scotland, Donald Ross immigrated to Boston with his golf clubs on his back and a few dollars in his pocket. A young golf enthusiast, Donald Ross brought his knowledge and abilities to America at a time when the sport was in its infancy.

Considered a genius for his ability to create strategic challenges while retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of the land, Donald J Ross understood the inseparable relationship between design and construction. He viewed golf course design as a blank canvas awaiting the opportunity to work with the ebb and flow of the land, promulgating the patina of its natural environment. Ross was a believer in design simplicity and quality.

Today, golf purists consider his courses classic and timeless in every sense of the words…. Donald J. Ross understood the essence of design.

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