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Amy Alcott

  • American athlete
  • Born February 22, 1956

Amy Alcott (born February 22, 1956) is an American professional golfer and golf course designer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1975, and won five major championships and 29 LPGA Tour events in all. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She is part of the architectural team which designed the golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Golf isn't just about hitting a lot of drivers. I grew up playing on my front lawn, chipping and putting into soup cans, out of the ivy and over rose bushes and hedges - the little Alcott Golf and Country Club. I just loved having a wedge in my hands.




Golf is a spiritual game. It's like Zen. You have to let your mind take over.




Don't give advice unless you're asked.




What makes a great golf course is continuity and variety: right-to-left holes, left-to-right holes.




You could argue that if the average golfer plays a golf course with 430-yard par 4s and they always miss the green, that's good practice. It's definitely great practice to play a course that's too long for you.




I don't think the philosophy really changes between men and women. I think golf courses need to become more distance-friendly overall. I think golf courses almost need to develop a more generic set of tees instead of calling them black, blue, red or whatever.




Concentrate, play your game, and don't be afraid to win.




The pressure of getting an order right is greater than sinking a putt.




My parents didn't play golf.



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