What can we say, besides, “Thank you, Mr. Cupp!
When you take an established course like Oak Ridge Country Club (est. 1947) and make it even better, the only logical sentiment to heap on architect Bob Cupp is THANK YOU!
Golf course architect and author Bob Cupp, born Robert Erhard Cupp, on December 27, 1939 was educated in Florida, graduating from the University of Miami with a BA and an MFA through the US Army, Alaska.
After a short career as a golf professional, Bob launched a career in golf design that has spanned more than forty years.
In late 1970 he received a call from Jack Nicklaus and served as his 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 major championships. In 1992, Golf World Magazine (the weekly magazine of Golf Digest) named Bob its 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 four times and runner up six 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. He has completed numerous collaborative works with many players both during and since his departure from the Nicklaus organization such as Sam Snead, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Hubert Green, Freddie Couples, Billy Andrade, and Gardner Dickinson.
A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Bob has risen to Executive Committee and will serve as President, 2012-2013. The importance of the Society in the world of golf has grown significantly in the last decade. The opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the game is not only important, but challenging and has become an important part of Bob’s life.
Bob has entered a new arena as well, writing; his first effort, “The Edict,” a novel of the beginnings of golf is published by Random House (Knopf) with a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and reviews by Arnold Palmer, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Ben Crenshaw, and Ron Whitten, the golf architecture editor of Golf Digest magazine.
Bob lives with his family in Atlanta. He continues to draw and paint, play golf, build furniture, sing, play the guitar — and torture a cello!