Ross gave up playing and teaching golf to focus on golf design, it is estimated that Donald Ross was involved in 413 courses between 1900 and 1948 with thirty different US states claiming to hold Donald Ross golf designs. Ross was incredibly influential in developing the golf industry in America. Over 100 U.S. national championships have been played on his designs. According to Jack Nicklaus, "His stamp as an architect was naturalness" & “He was, and still is, considered the Michelangelo of golf.” His most famous designs are Pinehurst No. 2, Seminole, Oak Hill and Oakland Hills.
In December 1947, at the Pinehurst Golf Resort the American Society of Golf Course Architects was started and Donald Ross was awarded the role as Honorary President. Donald Ross died on April 26th 1948 while completing Raleigh Country Club North Carolina. As a mark of respect for lifetime’s efforts Donald Ross was inducted in the Golf Hall of fame in 1977.