Robin Nelson

Posted On December 2nd, 2012 -

Jan. 27, 1951- Nov. 19, 2012 Robin Nelson, 61, of Mill Valley, moved on to his next great adventure November 19, with his wife Aniko and daughters Taylour and Briana at his side. Robin courageously battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), retaining his sense of humor, friendships, curiosity, and remarkable appreciation for the world and people around him. His kindness and gentle humor will be missed. Robin was born and raised in Mill Valley, California where he enjoyed participating in Little League and excelled at baseball and football at Tamalpais High School. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1973 and began his career as a golf course architect. In 1983 he moved to Hawaii where joined Belt Collins, and established the golf course architecture arm of the firm, Nelson & Wright Golf Course Architects, now known as Nelson & Haworth Golf Course Architects. He and his company designed golf courses worldwide, many throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. His courses were particularly well known for their incorporation of and respect for the natural environment. He met and inspired people through his work, but also touched many lives with his humor, grace, and enthusiastic approach to life. After nearly 17 years in Hawaii, Robin and his wife Aniko moved to Mill Valley in 2000 where he continued designing golf courses both in Hawaii and Southeast Asia, as Robin Nelson, Golf Course Architect. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife Aniko, daughters Taylour and Briana, brothers Bill and Peter, their wives Ann and Debbie, and his nieces and nephew Andrea, Kelley and Emmett. A memorial service will be held Friday, December 7 at 2 pm at the Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Avenue in Mill Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Robin Nelson Fund at At Robin’s request, the donations will benefit children in need, participating in Little League and The Junior Golf Association.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran