Philip MacKenzie Ross stated the following as his principles of design:
Natural beauty should be preserved.
The ground should dictate play.
Man-made features should blend seamlessly into natural features.
No bunker should be placed to catch a bad shot.
Variety is the spice of the game.
No two holes or greens should be alike.
Bunkers may be on the line of play but an alternative route should be open.
The worth of a hole is its value in match play.
The conclusion is Philip MacKenzie Ross was definitely an adherent to and practicer of the strategic school of golf course design.