David W. Gordon dies at 95

David W. Gordon dies at 95

Second-generation golf course architect served as ASGCA president in 1959-60.

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October 27, 2017
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David W. Gordon, a fellow of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, died Oct. 20, 2017. He was 95. The son of one of ASGCA’s original members, William F. Gordon, David was a lifelong resident of Doylestown, Pa. 

After serving in the Army Air Force in World War II as an instructor pilot in B-24 bombers, Gordon studied at Penn State University, earning a degree in agronomy. He then joined his father’s golf course design business.

The Gordons designed dozens of golf courses in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Ohio, New York and Canada, including: Saucon Valley Country Club (Grace and Weyhill Courses), Bethlehem, Pa.; Browns Run, Middletown, Ohio; Stanwich Club, Greenwich, Conn.; and Sunny Brook Country Club, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

In the 1990s, Gordon presented to the ASGCA Foundation a 1914 manuscript from ASGCA founding member Donald Ross on golf course architecture. This never-before-published writing from Ross, which Gordon discovered in his attic, became Golf Has Never Failed Me: The Lost Commentaries of Legendary Golf Architect Donald J. Ross by Ron Whitten. The book, published in 1996, became a best seller.

David Gordon was the longest-tenured ASGCA member, having been welcomed in 1951. He became a fellow in 1993 and served as ASGCA president in 1959-60. 

He is survived by two sons, David J. Gordon and William F. Gordon, and his stepdaughter, Lynn Bullock. 

Private services will be held in Doylestown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.