More than a Game

Eternal Golf - Trevor Williamson
If I can make somebody enjoy their day, there's nothing better than that.

Trevor Williamson

Eternal Golf - Trevor Williamson

We often hear people say that golf is in their blood but in Trevor Williamson's case, it's most definitely true. His grandfather, Robert Simpson, was one of the original club makers at Carnoustie and a professional whose influence in the game of golf spread far and wide. Following in these footsteps, Trevor has spent his life at Carnoustie as a club-maker, caddie and, most recently, an ambassador for this great links.

Now, for ECCO GOLF, he tells us his More Than a Game Story.

Trevor was born in nearby Arbroath and grew up in Rockliffe House, right beside the 18th fairway of the Championship Course. He recalls being a young boy and visiting the family golf shop, Simpson's, with his mother and aunty. Indeed, he made his first sale at Simpson's during The Open in 1953, the week that Ben Hogan would lift the Claret Jug, when he sold an American lady a golf ball. Watching the great craftsmen at work certainly piqued Trevor's interest, and he would soon follow his grandfather and uncle to become a highly respected club maker in Scotland.
Trevor has witnessed up close the sweeping changes to the equipment used in our sport. His ancestors were craftsmen in the truest sense, working with all manner of materials including hardwoods, hickory and lead. Trevor himself worked on a number of such clubs. Yet even with the advent of steel shafts and heads, the art of clubmaking remained important to Trevor, whether he was flattening the lie angle of Arnold Palmer's irons, bending Tom Weiskopf's putter, or helping the amateur golfer fix their dreaded slice with the driver.
As golf equipment manufacturing increased in scale, the prominence of Scottish club-making families such as the Simpsons sadly began to dwindle. Nevertheless, Trevor remained passionate about working in golf and in Carnoustie, this time as a caddie. He recalls many fond memories of spending time with golfers from all over the world who have passed through this small coastal town. Whether it's hearing their stories or helping the slightly nervous player navigate one of the most formidable tests in golf, Trevor is just as comfortable on the bag as he is behind the bench.