Alliss and Lyle join Hall of Fame
The golf commentator, Peter Alliss, who has designed several British golf courses, and former Masters champion, Sandy Lyle, have been inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida.
The accolade, which celebrates people who have contributed towards the game of golf, means the duo join the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Bernard Darwin, the first president of the UK’s Golf Club Managers’ Association, as being members of the St Augustine museum, which attracts more than 350,000 visitors a year.
Alliss, known as the ‘voice of golf’, has designed The Belfry, the Marquess at Woburn, Brocket Hall, Cams Hall, Pyrford, Herons Reach at Blackpool, Blairgowrie and Kings Lynn golf courses. In total he has designed more than 80 golf courses around the world.
“I designed and constructed the Belfry, which has grown into a huge facility where we won the Ryder Cup several times, and courses as far away as Japan and west Africa,” said Alliss.
“I have had five or six careers really. I was a club professional, a tournament professional, an international player, a golf course designer and constructor, a writer of books and, of course, I have worked in television with the BBC, ABC in America and Australia, CBC in Canada and all round the world.
“Every episode of my life has been very rewarding. I know people think I am a bit loud-mouthed and arrogant but I don’t take praise very well, I feel embarrassed by it all.”
Scotland’s Lyle earns his place after winning two majors, as well as 22 tour events.
Phil Mickelson, Dan Jenkins and Hollis Stacy have also been inducted for 2012.