Jay Morrish, (c. 1936 – March 2, 2015), ASGCA Past President, graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape and Nursery Management. In 1964, he taught Horticulture at the university while pursuing graduate degrees. Since then, he was active in golf course design, serving a four year apprenticeship with Robert Trent Jones, and two years with George Fazio. In 1970, he met Jack Nicklaus and joined his design support firm in 1972, working on all the Nicklaus golf courses built through 1982.
In 1983, Jay left the Nicklaus organization to pursue his own golf course design career. He formed a partnership with Tom Weiskopf and designed more than 20 courses.
Jay was deeply involved with the design and construction of several golf courses ranked in the Top 100 in the United States. He had also been involved with courses in Spain, Canada, Australia and Japan.
As one of the premier golf course architects in the country, Jay Morrish realized a challenge when he saw it. Many times Jay had related the story of his first visit to Stone Canyon and upon viewing the site commented that his challenge would not be in creating something special, but rather to not mess up the layout that nature had provided to him. His years of experience led him to say about Stone Canyon, “It’s the most remarkable desert site I’ve ever seen. None of the others are in the same league with Stone Canyon.” When asked which of his courses will stand the test of time, Jay replied, “I think Stone Canyon will hold up over the years. It has everything but an ocean – changes of elevation, beautiful rock formations, desert flora. It’s an awesome piece of land.”