Course Architect

Tom BendelowTom Bendelow
1868 - 1936

Tom Bendelow, often called "The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf", was a famous Scottish American golf course architect during the early 20th century. He designed over 600 courses in just 35-years, using a "naturalist approach" to course design. In other words, he utilized the natural features of the site to the design advantage.

Bendelow designed Pottawattomie Country Club in 1909. The course’s unique water hazards, towering oaks and maples, awe-inspiring tee shots, and gorgeous greens sliced from what once was sandy dunes, provide truly challenging play to all.

"One of Tom Bendelow’s early designs was the Atlanta Athletic Club’s 18-hole course at East Lake Golf Club, the place where the great Booby Jones learned the game," wrote Colin Farquharson in a 2006 profile of Bendelow. “'It was extraordinary in that it gave a golfer the opportunity to use every wood and iron in his bag,” said Jones.

Bendelow’s most famous work is the three layouts at the Medinah Country Club, with his work there on Course #3 being famous world-wide. Medinah #3 has served as the host site to several major championships: the U.S. Open in 1949, 1975, and 1990; the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006; and the 2012 Ryder Cup. 

You can enjoy Bendelow’s naturalist course design at Pottawattomie Country Club yet today. We are proud to be part of the Bendelow course design portfolio of the early 1900’s.