When major U.S. golf organizations, the biggest names in the golf industry, chapters of The First Tee and the top golf courses in the U.S. need a premium quality, award, shadow box or recognition panel, they contact Pat Morell. They reach out to Morell because he is the best in the golf industry at manufacturing hand-crafted, museum quality awards that are unmatched in design, craftsmanship and elegance.
Born in Niagra Falls, N.Y., Morell’s family moved to South Florida when he was nine years old. He started making models of boats for naval architects at the age of 19. He spent a couple of years working as a deck hand on artist Jack Gray’s boat and carving half-models of historic vessels while traveling through the Bahamas and up to Nova Scotia. He got his start in the golf world when he received a call from PGA National Golf Club to carve details on the new pro shop they were building.
Morell’s big break in the golf industry came when he approached Bear Lakes Country Club and offered to "do some work for them" in exchange for an introduction to Jack Nicklaus. That led to Morell handling a variety of assignments for Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara.
In 2001, Morell traveled to Muirfield Village Golf Club in Ohio and designed a permanent display using the replica trophies of Nicklaus’ wins at the four Majors. Morell created a special display at The Lost Tree Club (North Palm Beach, Fla.) called The Legacy of Golf’s Golden Bear, a display of Nicklaus’ lifetime achievements featuring replicas of the majors’ trophies and the U.S. Amateur trophy, all of which were made by Morell. Morell Studios is currently a Licensee of the Nicklaus Companies, providing a customized line of hole-in-one plaques that are personally autographed by Nicklaus.
Through the years, Pat Morell has designed and produced awards for the PGA of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, The Memorial Tournament, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player and several other top names in the golf industry. In addition, he’s used his superior design skills to manufacture awards for Seminole Golf Club, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Oakmont Country Club, The Bear’s Club and several chapters of The First Tee. The company also produces awards for the Westchester Golf Association and many sections of the PGA of America.
All of Morell’s products are proudly manufactured, engraved and assembled in the United States at his production facility in Florida.