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James Peter Gannon, langjähriger honorary secretary des Engadiner Golf Clubs in Samedan, ist nicht nur bekannt für seine zahlreichen Platzentwürfe in Norditalien (Villa d'Este, Milano, San Remo, Stresa, Firenze Ugolino, Varese u.a.) sondern auch für den nach seinen Plänen entworfenen Golfplatz Baden-Baden Selighof.

"Gannon, [James] Peter [Pedro] (1874-c.1940), Roman Catholic priest and golf course architect, was born in Buenos Aires, the ninth child of Patrick Gannon (c.1820-1895) of Clara, Co. Offaly, and Elizabeth Walsh (d.1913). In 1901 Peter Gannon was ordained a priest in London, and was appointed secretary to Dr. Graham, bishop of Plymouth. In 1908 Gannon was runner-up at the South of Ireland championship at Lahinch, and the next year he was asked to redesign the Old Course at Karlovy Vary, Carlsbad, after winning the championship of Austria. In 1910 left-handed Fr. Gannon won the French and the Italian amateur championships. He abandoned the religious life and in 1912-1913 settled in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and got married. Peter Gannon won the amateur championships of Switzerland in 1911 and 1923, and the amateur golf championship of Italy. In 1923 Gannon was responsible for the golf course of the Engandine Golf Club, where the members used to call him "Peter the Great".

But his long-lasting contribution has been the design of first-class golf courses in Europe, South Africa and probably in Argentina, among them, Milano (1928), San Remo, Villa d'Este, and Florence in Italy, Baden-Baden in Germany (1927), as well as others in Switzerland, France, and South Africa. He moved to South Africa and died in or about 1940.( this is an extract from the text published by Edmundo Murrays on )"

Stresa  Golf Course, around 1930

Peter Gannon has designed or redesigned (r) the following golf courses:

Internationaler Sport Club, Karlsbad, formerly Austrian Empire (now Czech Rep.), 1909 (r)

Mare Club de Golf Pedralbes, Barcelona, Spain, 1912 (course closed down during late 1940s)

Menaggio e Cadenabbia GC, Lake Como, Italy, 1923 (construction work second nine holes)

Engadine GC, Samaden, Switzerland, 1923 (r)

Golf Club Alpino di Stresa, Italy, 1925

Golf Club Merano, Italy, 1926

Golf Club Locarno-Ascona, Switzerland, 1926

Lido Golf & Country Club, Venezia, Italy 1926

Golf Club Villa d'Este, Lake Como, Italy, 1926

Golf Club Creclkvenecia, Yugoslavia, 1926

Golf Club Baden-Baden at Selighof, Germany, 1927

Golf Club San Gian, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1927 (course closed down after 1945)

Milano Golf Club, Monza, Italy, 1928

Golf Club Bad Schinznach, Switzerland, 1929

Golf de la Bastide de Roy, Biot, France, 1930      

Golf Club San Remo, San Remo, Italy, 1931

Golf Club Sestrieres, Sestrieres, Italy, 1932

Circolo Golf dell'Ugolino, Firenze, Italy, 1933

Golf Club Courmayeur, Italy, 1934

Golf Club Varese, Italy, 1934

Golf Club Marseille-Aix, Les Milles, France, 1935

Golf Architecture Vol.III, published in 2005 by Full Swing Golf Services ( contains an excellent article about Peter Gannon:

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