Thomson steps away from course design business

After more than 50 years building golf courses the world over, five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has announced he is stepping away from his golf course design businesses based in both the UK and Australia.

Thomson, who will turn 87 later this month, released a statement earlier this week citing his age and declining health as the catalyst for his decision.

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“In consultation with my family and two partners, Ross and Tim, I have decided to retire completely from the golf design businesses: Thomson Perrett in Melbourne, and Thomson, Perrett and Lobb in London.”

“I have encouraged Ross and Tim to continue with their golf design practices for ongoing projects, as well as creating new golf courses on their own long into the future.”

“In Melbourne, our company is more complex. Ross will continue the design work, as well as his managing directorship, whilst in the process of rebranding the company. This will be completed by the end of 2016, when he will advise his new company name.”

Thomson leaves an enormous design legacy in this country alone, with courses of the stature of The National Golf Club’s Ocean Course, Hamilton Island, Moonah Links – Ocean and Rye courses, Hope Island, The Capital Golf Club and Alice Springs among a vast portfolio of work featuring designs in every state and territory.

“I have enjoyed a wonderful association with both Ross and Tim, as I did in the past with Michael Wolveridge.”

“Together, over 51 years, we have embarked on many exciting projects in more than 30 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Asia, the Middle East, and more recently Africa, bringing the game to regions previously without proper golf courses.”

“This has given me much satisfaction as I reflect upon our achievements.”