Meet The Architect
Edmund B. Ault (1908 - 1989)
Born: Washington, D.C.
Ault studied Construction Engineering at Columbia (Md.) Technical Institute and for
a time was employed in that field. He trained for several seasons with Golf Architect
Fred Findlay and entered private practice as a course designer in 1946. For several
years in the late 1950's he partnered with professional golfer Al Jamison.
A one-time scratch golfer, Ault played in the National Amateur on several occasions.
He served in the Green Section of the USGA, was a past president of the District
of Columbia Golf Association, and chaired the design standards Committee of the ASGCA.
Long an advocate of flexibility in courses, Ault pioneered the systematic coordination
of pin placements with tee marker locations.
A most prolific designer, Ed Ault once estimated that he designed or remodeled one
fourth of all the courses in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs around Washington,
Ault later partnered with his son Brian and Tom Clark to forma Ault, Clark, &
Associates. The firm is based in Maryland and is very active in both new course design
and course renovation projects.
Ault designed courses in nineteen (AK, DE, FL, IN, IA, LA, MD, MO, NV, NJ, NY, NC,
OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV, & WI) of the 50 United States and also remolded courses
in thirteen states and in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland. His most notable
local efforts include Toftrees Country Club, Spooky Brook Golf Club, and TPC at Avenel.