I'd be curious to know from our esteemed and knowelgeable contributors thoughts and opinions on what I'm going to label as "bridge architects." These are famous course designers that overlapped and transcended eras who passed the torch to the next era or generation of architects that proceeded them.
For example, there were notable pre-1900 architects that designed/built great courses in the early stages of the golden age that had a huge influence on the trailblazers that followed them. Same, too, architects that burst on the scene during the latter years of the Golden Age that were either mentors or played an instrumental role on the design ethos of those that followed in their footsteps. Then you have influential architects from the 80's and 90's whose work inspired many of today's contemporary architects.
To that end, I've compiled a list of architects that fit the bill I'm describing.
1. Devereux Emmet (pre-1900 to earlly Golden Age)
2. Perry Maxwell (late Golden Age to early length and difficulty age)
3. Pete Dye (late length and difficulty age to modern age)
These may not be the best examples, but they're examples nevertheless. Hopefully, you get my drift.
To that end, who would you describe as being the most influential/impactful "bridge architects" and why and note this is not limited to U.S. architects only. Also, if you wish to go back even further, by all means do so.