Geoffrey S. Cornish (second from right with tie) as construction superintendent for Stanley Thompson at Cape Breton Highland Links in 1939.

Geoffrey S. Cornish (second from right with tie)
as construction superintendent for Stanley
Thompson at Cape Breton Highland Links in 1939.

MUNGEAM CORNISH GOLF DESIGN, Inc. was formed in the summer of 2006 following the departure of Brian M. Silva.

The patriarch of the firm is Geoffrey S. Cornish, renowned golf course architect and historian. Cornish began a career in course design in 1935 when hired to evaluate soils during construction of Capilano Golf Club outside Vancouver , British Columbia for Canadian architect Stanley Thompson. After apprenticing with Thompson and serving in the Royal Canadian Armies famed Hastings and Prince Edward regiment in Europe during World War II, Cornish settled in Amherst , Massachusetts where he taught at the University of Massachusetts. With his wife Carol's support, he initiated a practice in golf course design in 1952. He worked alone or with William G. Robinson for thirty years prior to taking on Brian M. Silva in 1983.

Among the over 230 new course designs to his credit, Cornish planned more courses in New England than any other architect in history. He deserves credit for working with landowners and contractors to enable the creation of numerous, low cost public facilities that generated thousands of new golfers. Most would not have been built without his support and clear guidance.

Now primarily retired from course design, Cornish continues to write and teach. Long a contributor to Harvard Universities Graduate School of Design class on Golf Course Design and the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge Winter School for Turf Managers, he has had published numerous books on course architecture, including the widely read seminal "The Architects of Golf", which he co-authored with Ron Whitten, golf architecture editor for GOLF DIGEST magazine.


Mark A. Mungeam and Geoffrey S. Cornish

Geoffrey S. Cornish and Mark A. Mungeam

Mark A. Mungeam joined Cornish, and Silva in 1987, following receipt of a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts ) and 4 years working in golf course construction. One of Mungeam's first projects was the design and oversight of Shaker Hills Golf Club, in Harvard , Massachusetts, named by GOLF DIGEST as runner-up Best New Public Course in 1992. Elected to the American Society of Golf Course Architects in 1991, the former Board member of the Society was part of the Environmental Committee responsible for the publication of "Environmental Approach to Golf Course Development".

In 1995, Mungeam became a principal in the firm Cornish, Silva and Mungeam, Inc. Mungeam may be best known for his sensitive renovation of Olympia Fields Country Club outside Chicago in preparation for both the 1997 US SENIOR OPEN AND 2003 US OPEN.

In spring 2010, Golf Inc. Magazine created its first ever list of the "Best Value" architects and placed Mungeam Cornish Golf Design at the top based on the firms ability to provide quality designs for a low fee.

MUNGEAM CORNISH GOLF DESIGN, Inc. are designers of such fine courses as:

  • Stow Acres in Stow, Massachusetts, a GOLF DIGEST top 75 public course

  • The Links at Hiawatha Landing, Apalachin, New York, selected by GOLF & TRAVEL as one of the 40 Best Daily Fee Courses in 2001, and rated the 7th best public access course in all of New York by GOLF Magazine in September 2008.

  • Shaker Hills Golf Club in Harvard, Massachusetts which was named Runner-Up by GOLF DIGEST as The Best New Public Course to Open in 1992

  • Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, selected by GOLF DIGEST as the Fifth Best New Affordable Public Courses for 1998, and as one of the 10 Best New Courses in America by The Golfer magazine in 1998.

  • The Golf Club at Oxford Greens, selected by GOLF WEEK as one of the Top 50 Best New Courses in 2006 and 2009

  • Charleston Springs Golf Course, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, a County owned facility where the North Course is ranked 11th and the South Course 18th best public access courses in the state by GOLF Magazine in September 2008

  • Center Valley Club, the last new course design by Geoffrey Cornish was rated the 8th best public course in Pennsylvania by GOLF Magazine in 2008

  • Owl's Nest Golf Club, a highly regarded course in Campton, New Hampshire, including its GolfWeek rating as one of the 5 Best courses you can play in the state in 2009, a Top 100 Must Play Course in New England by Golf Styles Magazine since 2005, and one of the Top Ten Scenic Courses for Fall Foliage by GOLF Magazine in 2002