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On August 19, 2016, Beacon Hall was saddened by the passing of Bob Cupp, our Golf Course Architect and more importantly, our friend. Bob blessed us in many ways in the almost 30 years that we have all enjoyed his masterpiece. He never forgot Beacon Hall, his first solo effort, and always made us feel special during his many visits. We will all miss him.

Below is an article written a few years ago, that summarizes an incredible career and a life well lived.

Bob Cupp, born Robert Erhard Cupp, on December 27,1939 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, the second son of Foster Wilson Cupp and Elizabeth Erhard Cupp, was educated in both that state and Florida as his family traveled back and forth annually.

By 1962 he had graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in art, joined the Army and there obtained a masters degree in Fine Arts through the US Army Alaska.

Upon returning to Florida, he worked for a year as the art director for an advertising agency in Miami, played competitive amateur golf and then took a job as a golf professional. His interests were in golf but never escaped art, soon finding himself assisting in the rebuilding of portions of golf courses.Word travels fast.Other clubs in the Miami area began requesting his services and before long, he had launched a career in golf design that has spanned nearly forty years. Bob returned to school to obtain an Associate Degree in Agronomy from Broward Jr. College and then, in late 1970 he received a call from Jack Nicklaus where he served as senior designer for more than 15 years. Jack credits Bob as being one of the cornerstones of his present global design firm and the two men remain friends.

Bob formed his own firm is 1984 and said his last good-byes at the Nicklaus headquarters in 1986.

Since that time,his courses have hosted over 50 national and international tournaments, including seven majors championships. In 1992, Golf World Magazine (the weekly magazine of Golf Digest) named Bob the first ever Golf Architect of the Year, an unprecedented award that has gone on to name Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Rees Jones,Tom Fazio and others. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have selected his work as the best in the nation no less than three times and runner up 6 times. Bob has numerous courses on various Top 100 course lists.

The game's biggest names, both men and women have competed on Bob's courses, including Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam. Bob has done numerous collaborative work with many players both during and since his departure from the Nicklaus organizations, including Sam Snead,Tom Kite,Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Hubert Green, Freddie Couples, Billy Andrade, and Gardner Dickinson.

Course names that will be familiar are Pumpkin Ridge, near Portland, Oregon, the first course ever to host two major championships within its first five years (the U.S.Amateur in 1996,won by Tiger Woods, and the U.S.Women's Open in 1997), the first two Nike Tour Championships and the first ever Boys and Girls Nationals,held simultaneously;Old Waverly,West Point, Mississippi,which hosted the Women's United States Open, 1999; Settindown Creek, Atlanta, Georgia, which hosted the 1995 and 1996 Nike Tour Championship, all of the Men's United States Open Regional qualifiers since 1990 and the 2005 Women's United States Amateur Championship; Indianwood Golf Club, Lake Orion, Michigan, two Women's United States Opens in 1988 and 1992; Greystone, Birmingham,Alabama, the Champion's Tour's Bruno Memorial Classic for ten years; Crosswater, Sunriver, Oregon, the PGA of America's National Club Professional Championship, 2001 and 2007, several significant NCAA championships, including the Nationals in 2006; East Sussex National, United Kingdom, named in 1993 as the permanent site of the European Open, an event second in importance only to the British Open;Hawk's Ridge in Atlanta Georgia has been host to the PGA Tour's Grand Champions for the past two years.

A new course, Liberty National Golf Club, just eight minutes across the bay from Manhattan and within hundreds of yards of the Statue of Liberty is touted by all publications as the next great international tournament site, touted by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated.

Bob's early Course Narrative notes uncovered a passion and skill for writing. This translated into writing his first novel, The Edict, in 2007 published by Random House.

Bob lived most of his life with his family in Atlanta.

 

Bob Cupp

Bob Cupp, born Robert Erhard Cupp, on December 27,1939 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, the second son of Foster Wilson Cupp and Elizabeth Erhard Cupp, was educated in both that state and Florida as his family traveled back and forth annually.