For the Amarilla golf course in Tenerife designer Donald Steel was given the brief to make it the best golf course in the world, a tall order at a time when Tenerife golf was unheard of and boasted just one golf course which was in the North of the Island with a virtual “members only” policy. Perhaps we should take a look at the history of the man given that monumental task.
Donald Steel is the only golf writer or golf course designer to have played in the Open as an amateur. Donald Steel is the only golf course designer to have advised every one of the Clubs or Courses on which the Open Championship has been played. Apart from these achievements Donald Steel is a very accomplished golf writer, he was the Sunday Telegraph’s first golf correspondent from 1961-90. Donald Steel is also author, co-author or editor of ten books on golf. He has also been; President of the British Association of Golf Course Architects 1986-89 President of the Association of Golf Writers 1993-98 and President of the English Golf Union from February 2006. Donald Steel is also an accomplished after dinner speaker which keeps him in touch with the everyday world of golfers. In 2003, Donald Steel was named as the 4th most influential golf course architect in the world by Golf Magazine.
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