He served as A.G. Spalding’s Director of Golf Course Development and later as the Golf Department Manager for Thos. E. Wilson Sporting Good Company. His prominent designs include the Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake Golf Club, where the great Bobby Jones learned the game and is perhaps best known for his three layouts at the Medinah Country club, with Course #3 being famous world-wide.
Medinah #3 has served as the host site to several major championships, including the U.S. Open in 1949, 1975 and 1990, the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006 and the Ryder Cup in 2012. Bendelow’s course design is a naturalist’s approach, in that he strove to utilize the natural features of the chosen site to maximum advantage.
He is credited with designing some 600 courses in a 35-year span and a belief that golf should be a sport that the public could play at little to no cost which earned him the nickname of: “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf”