One of Southern California’s best golf architects
brings you one of Southern California’s best golf courses
Although three men are credited with the design of DeBell Golf Club, the primary on the project was William F. Bell, ASGCA. Mr. Bell was a noted golf course architect, active from the 1920s into the 1950s.
Designed by the trio of William F. Bell, ASGCA/William H. Johnson, ASGCA/(R) Richard Bigler, the De Bell golf course opened in 1958.
Golf Photo GalleryBell studied agriculture at Duff's Business Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He moved to California in 1911, holding a series of golf jobs at the Pasadena Country Club, including caddymaster and course superintendent.
Most of Bell's courses were designed and built in Southern California. He is considered one of the most important golf course architects in California, with more than 50 courses credited to his work and design, and he designed and built courses in other Western states as well, including Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, and Hawaii.
Bell worked on golf course construction for architect Willie Watson, including serving as Watson's superintendent, before going into golf course design and development on his own in 1920.
Early in his design career, Bell worked closely with famous designer and fellow Pennsylvanian George C. Thomas, Jr., on courses which included the Riviera Country Club, often cited as one of the world's best courses. Although Thomas is listed as architect of record, Bell made significant contributions to many of the designs.
Bell served as a turf consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, and was awarded a commendation by the Southern California chapter of the PGA, in honor of his work creating golf courses for wounded servicemen. He was a founding member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, serving as ASGCA President in 1952.