Golf course architect and author Bob Cupp, born Robert Erhard Cupp, on December 27, 1939 was educated in Florida, graduating from the University of Miami with a BA and an MFA through the US Army, Alaska.
After a short career as a golf professional, Bob launched a career in golf design that has spanned more than forty years.
In late 1970 he received a call from Jack Nicklaus where he served as senior designer for more than 15 years. Jack credits Bob as being one of the cornerstones of his present global design firm and the two men remain friends. Bob formed his own firm in 1984 and said his last good-byes at the Nicklaus headquarters in 1986.
Since that time, his courses have hosted over 50 national and international tournaments, including seven major championships. In 1992, Golf World Magazine (the weekly magazine of Golf Digest) named Bob the first ever Golf Architect of the Year, an unprecedented award that has gone on to name Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Rees Jones, Tom Fazio and others. Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have selected his work as the best in the nation no less than four times and runner up 6 times. Bob has numerous courses on various Top 100 course lists.
The game's biggest names, both men and women have competed on Bob's courses, and he has completed numerous collaborative works with many players both during and since his departure from the Nicklaus organization; names such as Sam Snead, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Hubert Green, Freddie Couples, Billy Andrade, and Gardner Dickinson.
Course names that will be familiar are Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon, Old Waverly in Mississippi, Settindown Creek here in Atlanta, Indianwood Golf Club in Michigan, Greystone, in Birmingham, Alabama, Crosswater, Sunriver, Oregon, East Sussex National in the United Kingdom, Hawk's Ridge in Atlanta and Liberty National Golf Club, just eight minutes across the bay from Manhattan and within a few hundred yards of the Statue of Liberty was recently awarded the Barclays Fed-Ex Championship site in 2009.
A member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Bob has risen to Executive Committee and served as President of the organization for 2012 - 2013. The importance of the Society in the world of golf has grown significantly in the last decade. The opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the game is not only important, but challenging and has become an important part of Bob's life. In 2014, Bob was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
Bob has entered a new arena as well, writing; his first effort, The Edict, a novel of the beginnings of golf is published by Random House (Knopf) with a foreword by Jack Nicklaus and reviews by Arnold Palmer, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler, Ben Crenshaw, and Ron Whitten, the golf architecture editor of Golf Digest magazine. Post-production reviews have been excellent and The Edict is in its second printing and now available in paper-back.
Bob lives with his family in Atlanta. He continues to draw and paint, play golf, build furniture, sing, play the guitar and torture a cello.
In April 1964, Bob welcomed Robert E. “Bobby” Cupp, II. Bobby grew up in the golf business. For the last three decades Bobby has been immersed in golf course design and construction. During his time, Bobby has been instrumental in the design and renovation of more than 50 golf courses across the U.S. and abroad and more than a dozen golf construction projects.
Bobby began his career working for his father in 1985. Bobby decided to pursue a different direction than the common path of most junior golf designers, and after three years, he relocated to South Florida where he gained an entry level design position with Gene Bates. Bobby quickly promoted through the ranks to the position of Senior Designer, where his proficiency for planning and design and attention to detail defined his direction. It was also in this capacity that Bobby had the opportunity to work with tour players Johnny Miller and Fred Couples.
As Bobby continued to improve and in an effort to expand his experience of what it takes to design golf courses, Bobby left the design world in 1992 and went to work with a golf course builder. In 1995, Bobby was called back to his father's organization, where he integrated as a key member of the team with experience designing and building golf courses. His experience and his prior relationship with Fred Couples made him a prime candidate as the on-site design representative for an extremely complex 36-hole golf project in the Pacific Northwest.
In 2010, Bobby returned to golf course construction to manage and co-manage more than a dozen golf course projects, including work at Reynolds Plantation and The Philadelphia Cricket Club. In 2014, Bob and Bobby rekindled the golf design family venture.
Bobby also lives in Atlanta, where he enjoys coaching baseball and football.