Was born November. 3, 1884 in (born November. 3, 1884 in Bulwell, Nottingham, England) was both a professional golfer and golf course designer.
Reid studied club and ball making under Tommy Armour‘s father, Willie, in Edinburgh, Scotland. A scratch golfer at 15, Reid turned professional at 17 and was a protégé of Harry Vardon who helped him get a club professional job at La Boulie Golf Club in Versailles, France, in 1901 for roughly five years. He later was the professional at Banstead Downs Golf Club in Sutton, London, England, for roughly nine years and a successful tournament player. Reid – who was never short on confidence – was a fine competitive golfer despite being small of stature, and he beat his mentor, Vardon, on several occasions.
In 1913 Reid visited America with Vardon and Ted Ray where they played in several tournaments including the famous 1913 U.S. Open in which he tied for 16th — Reid tied Vardon for the 2nd round lead and played with Francis Ouimetin the 3rd round. In 1915 he tied 10th. His best finish in the U.S. Open was a T-4 in 1916. He also won the 1926 Michigan PGA Championship and had 26 holes-in-one in his long playing career.
CAREER AS A CLUB PROFESSIONAL
In February 1915 Reid emigrated to America at the invitation of Clarence H. Geist to be golf professional at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey, after the outbreak of World War I. His career in America as a club professional included positions at several of America’s top clubs:
- Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Seminole Golf Club, North Palm Beach, Florida
- Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pte. Farms, Michigan
- Beverly Country Club, Chicago, Illinois
- Atlantic City Country Club, Northfield, New Jersey
- Willmington Country Club in Delaware
- La Gorce on Miami Beach
- Indianwood Club (now Indianwood Golf and Country Club) in Michigan; he was co -founder and creator, part owner and golf course designer of Indianwood (Old Course-1925), a classic links-like course located in a rare, sandy area in the woods north of Detroit.
Wilfrid served the PGA of America throughout his entire career. Less is known about his role in the British PGA. He became a member of the PGA of America in 1917 and was appointed to the national PGA Executive Committee as a vice president at large. In August 1920, he was elected VP of the PGA of America and reelected in 1921. In 1920 and 1921 he also held the Office of Secretary of the Southeastern Section PGA. Later in 1929 he was the president of the Michigan Section PGA for three years.