ASGCA Members and their work
Morrish & Associates, LTD.
Flower Mound, Texas
- 2015), ASGCA
Grand Junction, Colorado
obtained a Liberal Arts education at Mesa Junior College and Universities
in Mexico City and Colorado. Under a Trans-Mississippi Golf Association
scholarship, he later received a Landscaping and Turf Management
Degree from Colorado State University. Jay's first job was as construction
superintendent on Spy Glass Hill Golf Links in California for Robert
Trent Jones. He then moved to Phoenix to assist in construction of
another Jones project, Goodyear G & CC.
In 1967 Morrish joined the firm of George Fazio, aiding in layout
and construction of several courses, including Jupiter Hills in
Florida. He then joined architect Desmond Muirhead, working on
such jobs as Mayacoo Lakes in Florida. When Jack Nicklaus and Muirhead
dissolved their relationship in 1973, Morrish accepted Nicklaus's
offer to work as a designer in his new firm. He worked on most
of Nicklaus's designs over the next ten years, operating a branch
office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Morrish also collaborated with another
Nicklaus in-house designer, Bob Cupp, on certain courses under
the corporate name of Golforce, Inc.
Morrish left Nicklaus to pursue a golf design business of his own.
Most of his work was done in partnership with PGA Tour player Tom
Weiskopf. They proved to be a very successful team. One of the earliest
Morrish and Weiskopf collaborations, Troon G&CC in Arizona, was selected as the
Best New Private Course of 1986 by Golf Digest. Another,
Shadow Glen near Kansas City, was the magazine's choice for Best
New Private Course of 1989, edging out another Morrish & Weiskopf
design, Forest Highlands in Arizona.
late 1980's Morrish and Weiskopf became the first American designers
to design a course in Scotland. The layout, Loch Lomond, was considered
by both to be their very best work.
mid 1990's Jay dissolved his partnership with Tom Weiskopf and has
designed many new golf courses including Tehama for Clint Eastwood
in Carmel, California; Stone Canyon in Tuscon, Arizona and Pine Dunes
in East Texas. All of these were done with the assistance of his
son Carter Morrish.