M’Donald, Charles Blair


Student United College 1872-1873 N. Phil.; Eng. Lit. 1873-1874 N. Phil.; Chem.


Born 14.11.1856 at Niagara Falls, Ontario son of Godfrey Macdonald, later of Chicago and Mary Blackwell (grandson of Professor William Macdonald).


Stockbroker Chicago and New York. Became an avid golfer and golf course designer. Designed at Wheaton, Chicago the first 18 hole course in the U.S.A. In 1895 became first official amateur champion of the US. Persuaded U.S. golf to accept R & A rules.

Published Scotland’s Gift: Golf (New York: Scribner, 1928).


Died at Southampton 21.4.1939.


  • UYUC400:23.3.1874
  • St Andrews Citizen 19.5.1900
  • J. R. Knerr in Golfiana 1995 p. 9 - 21
  • Golf Jnl. May, 1996
  • Charles B. Macdonald in Wikipedia.