Who was Johnny Dawson?
The green vistas, spacious homes and sumptuous appointments at Marrakesh Country Club are features of Johnny Dawson's dream. Dawson, a famous golfer and experienced golf club developer, envisioned a bold, beautiful community that would stand out from others, a community of elegance that would appeal to everyone who appreciated a value. Who was Johnny Dawson? He was a young Chicagoan with a winning personality. Everyone liked him and, as it turned out, he was a terrific golfer. He played the Masters Tournament seven times and won the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship three years in a row. His fame as a golfing "insider" was a valuable asset in his investors. He developed the trend-setting Thunderbird Country Club near Palm Springs and then seven more clubs throughout California, including El Dorado Country Club nearby, the ultimate golfing home for Presidents and barons of American industry.