Bert’s business and golf career started in Dundee Scotland, attending college with graduation in the radio and television field. Throughout Bert’s Scottish golf career, he participated in Junior and Senior competitions on some of the world’s greatest courses. These included Carnoustie, St. Andrews, Royal Nairn, Royal Lytham, Royal Troon, Scotscraig, and inland courses namely Gleneagles, Dalmahoy, Downfield, and Pitlochry.
Bert traveled across Scotland participating in Scottish Amateur and British Amateur tournaments. Bert won several regional stroke and match play championships, and was part of the Northern Scottish Team in the Home Internationals. These experiences instilled an appreciation of the classic course designs, and the variety of shot-making necessary to execute through all types of conditions.
Bert Immigrated to USA, where continued golf success and pleasure came from competing in City, Club, and State Championships.
As past greens chairman of Flint Golf Club, a relationship was developed with Ray Hearn during course and master plan work that continues at Flint Golf Club today through Raymond Hearn Golf Course Designs. Ray’s master plan maintained much of the historical value and architecture of Scotsman Willie Park Jr. who designed Flint Golf Club back in the early 1920’s.
Over the years, problems with inadequate drainage on the back holes made play almost impossible with any precipitation at all. By installing a proper drain system back to new pump stations, all water was diverted away making these areas playable even in the worst of conditions.
Other essential changes were made to improve landing areas, sand traps, greens and tees. Flint Golf Club today continues to benefit from this work, earning its place as a tournament stop for the Michigan Amateur.
Bert Hogg’s background of golf prowess and the understanding of course playability through his Scottish heritage, provides a unique synergy that blends with the goals associated through Raymond Hearn Golf Course Design team.