David Ogilvie left Scotland at the age of 18 to follow his dream of playing professional golf. He was initially asked to join a golf club in Florida, but while en route he traveled through Augusta, where they had a 9 hole golf course - Bon Air Golf club. Ogilvie was so impressed with area and challenge, he decided to settle in Augusta.
Ogilvie further developed the existing Bon Air Golf club with Dr. William Henry Harison into an 18 hole course - the first in Augusta. The club was later renamed and is nowadays known as Augusta Country Club. In 1928 Ogilvie designed the Augusta Municipal golf course (now The Patch), which over the years has changed a little, however you can still see the Ogilvie influence through it’s design (ie. 2 loops of nine holes, par 3s in different directions, a variety of elevations, a mixture of right to left holes and left to right holes and a test for every club in the bag).
As well as designing courses, David Ogilvie also played in 10 US Opens - he was by all accounts an excellent player. He played with many greats or the era. Ogilvie traditionally played with a Tom Morris putter he brought with him from Scotland. His involvement with Augusta Country Club continued for 45 years and during this time his wife gave birth on the clubhouse porch to David Ogilvie Jr. who would go on to be a fine professional golfer himself and would play at the first ever Masters tournament in 1934. Ogilvie Jr. would also have a son who would follow in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.
David Ogilvie III was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1990. When inducted, David Ogilvie III had served as head professional for thirty-three years combined at Country Club of Peoria and Flossmoor Country Club. Dave spent two years on the PGA Tour, setting several course records, but is best known as an innovative working club professional. A recipient of the Section’s Horton Smith Award, he was voted Illinois PGA Professional of the Year a record three times. He served the Illinois PGA in every capacity including president for the 1985-1986 terms. In 1986, David Ogilvie III received the ultimate award, recognized by his peers as National PGA Professional of the Year.
The new Patch owners were able to interview David III in Chicago in November 2011 and he was able to shed more light on the history of his family. The management would like to thank him sincerely for all his help.
The Patch Augusta would like to bring back some Scottish features from the 1920s, honour the Ogilvie family by displaying the Ogilvie tartan throughout the club and in addition we will rename hole 18 to ‘Ogilvie’ (the family motto is A Fin - which means to the end).
More to come soon (Lawson E. Douglas - “Red”)