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Charles Blair Macdonald

Throughout his design process, Macdonald drew up detailed plans and models, often relying on topographical maps. His visits to the sites were infrequent, with his primary focus on shaping the concepts remotely. For this reason, his collaborator, Seth Raynor, played a vital role in translating these ideas into practical course features.

As the planning stages neared completion, Macdonald left Raynor with a trove of detailed models and data, and trusted him to tend to the actual construction, assisted by Charles Banks and Ralph Barton, a construction supervisor.

In CBM's book, Scotland's Gift, Golf he wrote about his trusted partner, saying:

"Seth Raynor, who for some fourteen years has been associated with me and who has my models and data, was employed to carry out the practical work in Bermuda. Mr Raynor is most competent, having now to his credit some hundred and fifty courses."

Throughout the building phase, Macdonald maintained a vested interest, periodically visiting the construction site to offer insights and assessments. In June of 1921, he witnessed the burgeoning creation first-hand.

During this period, Raynor's mastery came to the forefront. A man of varied talents, his background in civil engineering became instrumental as he maneuvered the challenges of drainage, soil manipulation, and bunker placement. The careful extraction of soil from bunker digging was ingeniously repurposed for constructing greens and tees, showcasing Raynor's resourcefulness.

Raynor also played a pivotal role in shaping the green contours, a delicate dance of artistic precision and strategic ingenuity. Guided by Macdonald's instructions on desired rolls, swales, knobs, and shelves, Raynor infused his own artistic finesse, blending their visions into seamless perfection. It was here that their collaboration truly shone, with Raynor crafting greens that whispered of Macdonald's influence while bearing his own distinct touch.