1996 Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Inductee
James Press Maxwell, one of the pre-eminent golf course architects in America, was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma in 1916, but has made his home in Colorado since 1958, living in Morrison, with occasional soirees to their Alsoa Ranch near Basalt.
Press learned his trade from one of the best, his father Perry Maxwell, with whom he collaborated after time out for some exemplary action in World War II, flying 81 combat missions with the 15th Air Force. Before rejoining his father after the war, however, Press remained in Europe at the request of Marshall Tito to serve with his colonel as a two-man Yugoslavian air force flying rescue missions for men who had been shot down behind enemy lines. His many service decorations include one from Tito.
After his father's death in 1952, Press emerged as one of golf course design's brightest stars. In 1960 Press served as president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
In addition to designing or remodeling over 20 courses in Colorado, Maxwell's fine hand can be seen in many great layouts around the nation such as Southern Hills in Tulsa, Augusta National, Austin (Tex.) CC, and Prairie Dunes in Kansas. Maxwell's designs or remodeling in Colorado include Applewood, Boulder CC, Cherry Hills, Hiwan, Inverness, Kissing Camels, Pinehurst, Rolling Hills, Columbine, Denver CC, Lakewood and Patty Jewett to name just a few.
Dropping yet another name, Lee Buck Trevino numbers himself among the many who "can't believe Press (wasn't) in the Hall of Fame already. I've had the privilege of working at and playing some of the courses he has designed, and can attest to his talent."
Other national spas where Press' work has provided endless pleasure include such marvelous courses as Pecan Valley (site of 1968 PGA) in San Antonio, Dallas Brookhaven CC's 54-hole layout, East Ridge in Louisiana, and Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri.