WGHOF member Amy Alcott fondly recalls her "side job", working in the off-season at The Butterfly Bakery, owned by a lovely Armenian couple. Even Occidental Petroleum's CEO Armand Hammer came looking for the famous golfer/sandwich-maker at lunch one day, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Golf Professional and Golf Course Architect
Amy Alcott is a highly celebrated and well respected champion of the game, on and off the course. She is a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. During her 27-year career she was most recognized as the LPGA’s finest and most creative shot-maker and her go-for-the-pin style of play was the bedrock for her 32 professional tournaments captured worldwide including five major championships.
Alcott started playing the golf at age seven on her Santa Monica, California front yard putting into soup cans and sprinkler heads. She was taught the game indoors hitting balls into a driving net by her mentor and teaching pro, Walter Keller – her words upon meeting Mr. Keller for the the first time, “I want to prepare to be the best golfer in the world”. A truly inspirational story.
Amy has traveled worldwide to compete in tournament golf, perform in corporate golf events and clinics. Her success and colorful personality set the course early on for her role as spokesperson for a distinctive list of blue chip companies and charity organizations such as Elizabeth Arden; Sunkist; Ralph Lauren; Quaker Oats; Countrywide; Andersen Consulting and Office Depot. Armed with astute observations and innumerable stories about the game and its personalities made her transition to TV commentator, speaker and writer a natural process. A partial list of companies that have retained her for speaking engagements are Wells Fargo Private Wealth, Brown-Forman, The National Snack Food Association and Northern Trust. Her most recent book is “The Leaderboard: Conversations on Golf and Life”, with a foreword by Jim Nantz. In September 2013, Amy joined The City of Hope as its goodwill ambassadress and CRESA PARTNERS (a prestigious commercial realty company) as its corporate spokesperson.
Amy leads her own Santa Monica, California based event consulting and course design company, Amy Alcott/GOLF. She has partnered with world renown architect Gil Hanse on the legacy plans and design of the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She also consulted with Hanse on the new master plan for the RidgeWood Country Club in Moultonboro, New Jersey. Two other co-design projects also carry her name — one in Palm Springs, CA — Indian Canyons Resort and the second in Ocean Isle, NC, Brick Landing Plantation.
Amy Alcott’s story is one of perseverance with a vision of excellence and artistry that she designed by way of ultimate preparation.
Amy Alcott 2014
Turned Professional, 1975
33 Professional Victories Worldwide – including:
29 official LPGA Tour Wins;
5 Majors Titles;
LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame – Inducted March 1999
Design Consultant, Back Nine Greens
Design Consultant, Brick Landing Golf Club – Ocean Isle, NC
Co-Designer, Indian Canyons Golf Club – Palm Springs, CA
Author, “The LEADERBOARD: Conversations on Golf and Life” by Amy Alcott, 2009
Instruction Video, “Winning at Golf with Amy Alcott“
Endowed $50,000 to UCLA Women’s Golf Program,1998
Endowed $50,000 to UCLA Children’s Hospital to enhance Neonatal Intensive Care, 1998
Established Amy Alcott/GOLF in 2001 – a consulting company for course design and state of the art practice facilities, special events, and mentoring aspiring golfers for Tour competition and endorsements
Born: February 22, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri
Residence: Santa Monica, California
TELEVISION/MOTION PICTURE APPEARANCES
“Playing Lessons with the Pros,” – The Golf Channel, 2008
Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner & Rene Russo – cameo role, Paramount Studios, 1997
Tracey Takes on “The Supernatural,” The Tracey Ullman Show – cameo role, HBO TV 1998
The Orlimar Scoring System TV Infomercial – featured instructor, 2000
ARLI$$, The Art of the Sports SuperAgent, “Creatures of Habit,” – cameo role, HBO TV, 2000
AWARDS (partial list)
Rookie of the Year, 1975
Golf Magazine Player of the Year and Vare Trophy, 1980
YWCA Silver National Achievement, 1984
National MS Achievement Award, 1984
LPGA Founders Cup, 1985
Female Golfer of the Year, California Golf Writers Association, 1987
Nick Buonoconti / Great Sports Legends – Golf, 1998
Member of Hanse Golf Course Design Team
– awarded with design contract for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games golf courses