Colt and Alison combined to open Stoke Park
(1908) and Swinley Forest
(1911) before travelling to the US and Canada where they worked with (and undoubtedly influenced) young designers such as Stanley Thompson
and Donald Ross. Colt also made his way to mainland Europe, where he
laid out the plans for courses like Royal Zoute in Belgium (1907), Golf
Du Touquet – La Forêt (1908) and Golf De Saint Cloud (1913). He
eventually stepped away from his position at Sunningdale having become a
full-time (and quite famous) designer.
The First World War brought with it quiet times for Harry Colt and
for golf itself. Work came to a halt, courses were destroyed and his
partner Alison was even drafted. However, time was not wasted in
returning to the course after the fighting, and the partnership of Colt,
MacKenzie & Alison was soon formed in 1919.
The period that lasted roughly from 1910 to 1937 is often named as the Golden Age
of golf course architecture. Harry Colt was instrumental in bringing
this period about, and his work only got better from 1919 onwards. Over
the following years, MacKenzie was replaced by John Morrison and the new
trio went on to build, revise and redesign courses in Japan, Australia,
the US and Canada. With an eye for strategy and his initial links
experience (Rye Golf Club), Colt began to change the way inland tracks
were built. He neglected the rectangular fairways and flat greens of the
time, calling for a more natural and unforgiving layout.