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BREAKING NEWS

SMGD awarded contract to renovate Broomieknowe Golf Club in Scotland.

Established in 1905, Broomieknowe Golf Club is an old club firmly established in Edinburgh. SMGD is honoured to be working with the golf club to renovate their golf course to the highest standards, and is excited about the possibilities. It’s the first time changes have been made to the course since 1992 and when confirmed, the renovation is likely to confirm include bunker changes and some new greens. An update will be made to this post when the design plans are agreed.

SMGD and Greg Turner working together to add a new nine holes at Millbrook Golf Resort in New Zealand.

Millbrook Resort, near Queenstown, is one of the most celebrated golf resorts in Australasia and has won many awards. In 2008 Scott and Greg renovated the existing 18 hole course and added a new nine holes known as the Coronet Nine. They join forces again, and plans are currently being produced to make the Coronet Nine into an 18 hole course, thus giving Millbrook 36 holes of fabulous golf. The new Coronet Course will be the host course for the New Zealand Open – an honour the Resort currently has. Construction is expected to start in 2018.

NEWS HEADLINE

The Colt Course at Close House to host the 2017 British Masters : 28 Sept-1 Oct.

It is a delight to announce that this is the first time an event on the main European Tour has been scheduled to play on a SMGD course. Co-hosted by the European Tour and Sky Sports, this will be the first time the European Tour has come to Close House, and the course will provide an enthralling and attractive location for this prestigious championship. A new course opened in 2011, it was designed to reward accuracy and ball control. 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. We wish Lee Westwood all the best as the host professional.

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).

Royal Wellington Golf Club to host the 2017 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship : 26-29 Oct

RWGC are preparing to host the prestigious Asia–Pacific Amateur Championship. 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 win a place in the Open Qualifying Series for final stage to gain entry into The Open Championship. The new Championship Course at RWGC was designed by SMGD and Greg Turner, and officially opened in 2014. The course has holes of all different lengths, and that play in all directions. The course features strategically placed hazards, and contoured greens – the Championship Course at RWGC is designed to reward boldness in thought and accuracy in play – the tournament should be a thrill to watch.

A Project for the future…

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.

BOOKS

‘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.

A Message from Scott

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 my golf designs suit the business and recreational needs of my clients. It’s a real privilege to design 9-hole, 18-hole or short course facilities for resorts, private golf clubs and residential developments, and every project is a very special opportunity to create an inspired golf experience.

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 cautious financial times, our focus is on delivering high quality designs at the most competitive prices.

Scott

Awards

Excellence In Compliance Award Winner Winner
Excellence in Compliance Award
Royal Wellington Golf Club

Publications

The Evolution of the Old Course St Andrews
The Evolution of the Old Course
by Scott Macpherson

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Golf's Royal Clubs Golf's Royal Clubs
by Scott Macpherson

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testimonials

"RWGC set out to build the best club golf course in New Zealand and to be one that golfers from all around the world will travel to play. We are confident that ambition is being realized."

Peter Cutfield, Chairman, Royal Wellington Golf Club, NZ