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John W. Dawson (December 20, 1902[1] – January 6, 1986) was an American amateur golfer and golf course architect.[2]

Johnny Dawson
Personal information
Full nameJohn W. Dawson
Born(1902-12-20)December 20, 1902
Chicago, Illinois
DiedJanuary 6, 1986(1986-01-06) (aged 83)
Palm Springs, California
Nationality United States
Professional wins3
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT9: 1936
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenT41: 1948
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Dawson was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] Although he was a lifelong amateur golfer, his amateur status was rescinded by the United States Golf Association (USGA) for a time due to his employment with the Spalding sporting goods company.[1] His amateur status was eventually restored and he competed in several USGA events. He was runner-up (at the age of 44) to Skee Riegel in 1947 U.S. Amateur.[3] He played on the winning 1949 Walker Cup team.[4] He was also runner-up in 1958 U.S. Senior Amateur[5]

As a developer, he designed and built Marrakesh Country Club, the Seven Lakes, Thunderbird,[6] El Dorado, and La Quinta Country Clubs; he lived in Palm Springs.[7][8]

Dawson won the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) amateur championship four times between 1942 and 1952, and was inducted into the SCGA Hall of Fame in 2007.[9]

Amateur wins(6)Edit

Professional wins (3)Edit

Note: all wins were as an amateur

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (2)Edit

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



  1. ^ a b c Elliott, Len; Kelly, Barbara (1976). Who's Who in Golf. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House. pp. 50–1. ISBN 0-87000-225-2.
  2. ^ Golfer and Course Builder Johnny Dawson Dies
  3. ^ 1947 U.S. Amateur Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1949 Walker Cup Match Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 1958 U.S. Senior Amateur Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Thunderbird Country Club: History[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Johns, Howard (2004). Palm Springs Confidential: Playground of the Stars!. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books. p. 276. ISBN 978-1-56980-269-4. LCCN 2004041116. OCLC 54392060.
  8. ^ Dawson's wife, Velma Wayne Dawson, designed the Howdy Doody marionettes and was honored with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 2000. Palm Springs Walk of Stars: By Date Dedicated
  9. ^ SCGA Hall of Fame Archived 2010-12-19 at the Wayback Machine