Worldwide Titles

Dan G Soutar - 1905 - Australian Open Champion.

Daniel Gordon (Dan) Soutar was born in Carmyllie, Scotland in 1882. In 1888, his family moved to Carnoustie where - over the next 15 or so years - he received a thorough grounding in the game of golf.

He was a leading player at the club and in June 1899 won the club’s Dalhousie Cup defeating Carnegie Clark in the final, two players who were soon to dominate Australian golf.

He emigrated to Australia in 1903, and made an immediate mark by winning the 1903 Australian Amateur Championship at the old Glenelg course in Adelaide. In 1905, he turned professional and went into partnership with Carnegie Clark making clubs at Rose Bay in Sydney.

Australian Open Champion in 1905 and Professional Champion in 1907. Then followed an amazing run of seconds. In his countries Open he filled that position on no fewer than seven occasions, in between times winning State and club championships.

Soutar turned to course design creating a number of top courses. Kingston Heath gold course in Melbourne, the Elanora, Pymble, Long Reef and Concord courses in Sydney and Royal Adelaide.

His greatest contribution to golf in Australia may well be his pivotal role in the formation of the Australian PGA and being its first chairman in 1911.

His book The Australian Golfer Published by Angus and Robertson, Syndey in 1906 was the first book on golf published in Australia. A copy of which is proudly held in the club in which he described the country's best golfers and golf courses, his teaching methods and much more.