Jerry Matthews, ‘Johnny Appleseed’ dies in Michigan for golf course design

Jack Perry, the legendary Michigan golf author, had a nickname for well-known engineer Jerry Matthews.

He was nicknamed “Johnny Appleseed” in our state. In any case, Matthews unfold the seeds of golf course design all through the higher and decrease peninsulas, and constructed programs in additional than half of Michigan’s 83 counties, particularly throughout the golf growth of the Nineteen Nineties.

Matthews, who has designed or renovated greater than 200 programs and opened at the very least 90 programs in Michigan, died Thursday shortly after being honored for his lifetime working within the business throughout a celebration on the Grand Resort on Mackinac Island.

Jerry Matthews opened or renovated more than 200 golf courses in his career as a famous architect.

Michigan Golf Dwell’s Invoice Hobson posted the information of Matthews’ demise on social media. Matthews was 88 years previous.

In saying Matthews’ demise, Hobson wrote, “Should you performed golf in Michigan, you’d most likely have performed one of many fantastic programs designed by this distinguished, humble, and fantastic man.”

“Thanks, Matthews household, for sharing Jerry with us for therefore lengthy.”

Born in Grand Rapids in 1934, Matthews, the son of golf course engineer Bruce Matthews, bought his first style of golf on the age of 12 when he labored at his father’s Inexperienced Ridge Nation Membership, which was bought out within the Eighties. It grew to become what’s now the Valley of Egypt.