As a businessman, Park Jr. also excelled. In an era when golf professionals did not make a living from tournament earnings, Park Jr. earned money through playing challenge matches against other leading players; many times partnering with his father or his uncle Mungo against their rivals Old Tom and Young Tom Morris. Rounding out his pallet, Park Jr. also patented several golf club designs, as well as developing an export business selling golf implements overseas as the game grew.
Adding luster to his ever-expanding golf interests, Park Jr. became the first professional golfer to write a golf book, The Game of Golf. And, given his notoriety and ability on and around the greens, his second book, The Art of Putting, was published in 1920.
Park Jr. was also active as a golf course architect, designing more than 150 courses in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the United States. Although not as prolific as Donald Ross, he did design such noted layouts as the Maidstone Club in the New York area, the North Course at Olympia Fields near Chicago, Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Royal Quebec Golf Club in Quebec and the famed Old Course at Sunningdale outside of London. Park Jr. was credited with “laying the foundation stone of course architecture.”
While it is his golf course designs that provide his long-lasting legacy, Willie Park Jr. was much more indeed. He seemed to do it all, providing a model for today’s top-notch players expanding their interests and activities in the game.
Willie Park, Jr. was originally inducted through the Veterans category.