William Bell, Sr. and his son, William Bell, Jr., have had a profound and lasting impact on the lives of dedicated golf enthusiasts who have played their territory. William Park Bell was born in 1886 and moved to California as a young man in 1911 where he served as caddiemaster at Annandale Golf Club and then greenskeeper at Pasadena Golf Club. He served as a construction superintendent before eventually stepping up to golf course architecture.
He collaborated with George Thomas, Jr. on some great designs of the 1920s, including Bel-Air, Riviera and Los Angeles country clubs. Simultaneously, he also designed a number of courses on his own at that time. From the 1930s forward, Billy Bell was one of the West’s most prolific golf course architects During World II, Bell was a turf consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he was joined by his son, William Francis, in the family design business.
After his father’s death, William F. created an impressive number of Southern California’s best-known layouts, and in his lifetime, contributed to the legacy of California’s First Family of Golf Course Design. His care and talent in the design of the Blythe Golf Course still shows as you enjoy his precision and expertise.