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The Colt Course at Close House has been awarded the 2017 British Masters!

I am delighted to announce that this is the first time an event on the main European Tour has been scheduled to play on a Scott Macpherson golf course design. Co-hosted by the European Tour and Sky Sports, this will be the first time the European Tour has come to Close House, and I am sure the course will provide an enthralling and attractive location for this prestigious championship. Designed as a course to reward accuracy and ball control, the course will be a compelling test for the best golfers. To score well they will need to control the spin and trajectory of their golf ball, and putt well on the contoured putting surfaces. Brains will beat brawn on this layout. I wish Lee Westwood all the best as host professional.

My design ethos is simple – I aim to create attractive golf course that provide fun for golfers of all abilities. I like golf holes to fit naturally into their environment, to look great, and inspire golfers. It is also important that our golf courses suit the needs of our clients and will design 9-hole, 18-hole or short course facilities for resorts, private golf clubs and residential developments.

This year I have returned to New Zealand to visit some past clients including Millbrook Golf Resort and Royal Wellington Golf Club (RWGC). Millbrook, co-host venue for the New Zealand Open, was looking great and they continue to develop their facility. Meanwhile RWGC are in the early stages of preparing to host the prestigious Asia–Pacific Amateur Championship in 2017. Supported by the Augusta National Golf Club and The R&A, the event is broadcast to 160 countries, and the winner will play in the 2018 Masters and a spot in the Open Qualifying Series for final stage to gain entry into The Open Championship. Compiled of holes that play in all directions, and feature strategic hazard placements, and contoured greens, the course at RWGC is designed to reward accuracy and ball control and I am sure will play very well.

Work at Edinburgh’s historic Baberton Golf Club to redesign their first hole has been completed. It was a delight to be selected by the club to help with the changes.

This year SMGD continue its 12-year relationship advising Close House (www.closehouse.co.uk) on its two fabulous golf courses. With their Colt Course ranked by Golf Monthly as a Top 100 golf course in the UK and Ireland – it is the only course in the North East of England to receive this honour (www.golf-monthly.co.uk/courses/top-100-courses/top-100-golf-courses-60876). The venue will continue to host professional tournaments in 2016, such as the Euro Pro Tour.  www.pga.info/tournaments/national/pga-seniors-championship/news/2015/06/close-house-comes-of-age-for-course-designer.aspx

SMGD is still excited about the prospect of designing a new golf facility in South Lanarkshire, Scotland (www.kersewell.com). It is a wonderful piece of property half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow and a considerable amount of effort has gone into finding the best routing for the course. Working with 2-time Major Champion Sandy Lyle to create the course will make the process all the more fun.

‘Golf’s Royal Clubs’ is a large coffee-table styled book published in 2014 to celebrate the 66 royal golf clubs around the world that have received the royal title from the British Royal Family. Commissioned by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the book includes the golf clubs Royal Melbourne, Royal St George’s, Royal Dornoch, or lesser known clubs like Royal Regina or Duff House Royal. The book was shortlisted for the best illustrated book at the British Sports Book Awards, won the award for ‘Best Author’ at the 22nd International Network of Golf Media Awards in the USA, and in July 2015 won the Murdoch Medal from the British Golf Collectors’ Society.

SMGD continues to look forward to working with exceptional people in places of extraordinary beauty and charm. Every project is a privilege, and it is important to us that all our clients receive an attractive, fun and well-crafted golf course that suits their business needs. Please contact us if you would like to talk about a golf course design project you think we might be able to help you with. In these tight financial times, our focus is on delivering high quality designs at the most competitive prices.



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"The course looks absolutely stunning and every single golfer, without exception, has said how wonderful it is and that the views are exceptional. Most of that is down to Scott's own design, imagination and flair and I am very grateful for all the effort he put into making the course so special."

Graham Wylie, Owner of Close House Hotel and Golf. England, UK