Leven / Carnoustie
In a reversal of the usual Carnoustie story, Arthur Ross was born in the United States around 1883. When his father died his mother Elizabeth brought the family to Scotland so, at the time of the 1901 census, Arthur was living in Gladstone Street, Leven, with his mother and six brothers. He was a passionate golfer and won the Leven Boys’ Championship.
After school he served a clubmaking apprenticeship with Alex Patrick in Leven and remained in the town working for J R Carstairs. A move to Edinburgh followed ‘to revitalise a large clubmaking business’.
His reputation spread and he was brought back to Leven to be head of clubmaking at Nicoll and to introduce the manufacture of wooden clubs to a business which had established its reputation making irons. In 1929 he played for the victorious Leven team in the 50-a-side match against St Andrews
In 1935 he moved to Carnoustie and set up his own clubmaking business in Links Avenue. In addition to clubmaking he earned a reputation as a fine teacher of golf but persistent ill-health restricted his playing and coaching activities.
He died at home in Kinloch Street in March 1955, survived by his wife and four sons, of whom one at least, Roy, followed a career as a professional golfer.
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