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Coming, Summer 2023 – Due to popular demand, we are publishing a new, updated and extended edition of this iconic book. After 16 years, 3 Open Championships, 2 Women’s Opens, and some changes to the famous Old Course in 2012 and 2013, it felt time to look again at this fantastic course. The book will include fantastic new plans, photos and drone imagery, and be over 50 pages longer. Stay tuned for more information!


Scott was delighted to be nominated as a judge for the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards and wishes the best of luck to all the golf corses, hotels and nominees short listed for awards in February 2023. Scott will be on-hand to present an award at the black-tie celebrations in St Andrews. Good luck everyone!


August 2022 – We are very excited to announce we’re part of Golf It!, an incredible new attraction coming to Glasgow in summer 2023 that will bring golf to the masses. We wanted to partner with The R&A on their Golf It! project to provide families and non-golfers a pathway to golf, where they previously had no access to the sport. The Golf It! facility is going to be new, exciting, and bring the unbound joy of golf to everyone.  SMGD has led the redesign of the golf facility and can’t wait for the first golfers to tee off in 2023. This is a whole new ball game!

SMGD appointed to redesign Miramar Golf Course in Wellington, NZ

July 2022 – Miramar Golf Club appoint SMGD to redesign the existing golf course into a 9-hole facility with additional attractions for its members and visitors. With the existing 18-hole course due to close its back-9 for the expansion of Wellington International Airport, SMGD is honoured and excited to help the golf club transition into a new facility. For Scott, it will be a return to the city he was born, has family and much loves.

Royal Malta Golf Club approve SMGD Plan

June 2022 – The historic RMGC approve SMGD master plan to redesign its golf course. One new green opened in February 2019, and the next phase of the project is to update the remainder of the course to the modern game and the growing needs of the club. The remainder of the greens shall be converted to USGA type, and be sewed with cool-season grasses to offer the best putting surfaces to golfers.

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2020 British Masters at Close House

Congratulations to the team at Close House for hosting the 2020 Betfred British Masters. Held from July 22nd – 25th, the event was the first event in the European Tour’s ‘UK Swing’ after it took a break due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This was the second time the event has been played on the Colt Course designed by Scott Macpherson. Lee Westwood was again a terrific host, the course looked terrific on SKY Sports, and Renato Paratore is a very worthy champion.

Scott has launched a new podcast

Scott has launched a new podcast. It’s called ‘Golf Design Matters – Insights from the Inside’ and is all about what it takes to create, make and maintain golf courses. Listen now. The first episodes feature interviews with the Gordon McKie, Course Manager of the Old Course, discuss environmental sustainability with Sam Thomas from GEO, and chew the design fat with two-time major champion Sandy Lyle.


Book – St Andrews, The Evolution of The Old Course

Ran Morrissett of GOLF Magazine and Golf Club Atlas recently ranked this book as number one amongst his 12 favourite books on golf course architecture. This is a complete surprise and delight for Scott. For the review and complete list, here’s a link to the article: https://golf.com/travel/12-golf-architecture-books-need-read/

Construction completed on new 9 holes at Millbrook Golf Resort in New Zealand

All the holes are now completed and open for play. Scott is very excited by the new holes. As one of the most celebrated golf resorts in Australasia, Millbrook has won many awards, and currently hosts the New Zealand Open. The new 9 holes adjoin onto the Coronet 9 designed by SMGD and Greg Turner in 2008 and Millbrook now have 36 holes of fabulous golf. http://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/turner-and-macpherson-design-nine-new-holes-for-millbrook

A Pioneering Project in Macedonia

SMGD is excited to be working with the Macedonian Golf Federation on a pioneering golf development project. Talks are underway to introduce golf to Macedonia and develop a site in the capital of Skopje.

New Greens at Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, Italy

Construction has started on redesign work at this wonderful golf club. Notable as the second oldest golf club in Italy, it is located just west of the lake Como township of Menaggio. The changes will include a number of new greens, bunkers and the reversal of two holes. The first two new greens opened for play in late 2019.

SMGD appointed to renovate the links at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Course, Wales

SMGD is working with P&K Golf Club to renovate their wonderful links for their upcoming centenary when they are due to host the Home Internationals in 2022. This is an exciting appointment for Scott and he is looking forward to updating the golf course to ensure it is fun for the members and challenging for the elite golfers.

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.


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

Co-hosted by the European Tour and Sky Sports, this was the first time the European Tour has come to Close House, and the course provided an enthralling and attractive location for this prestigious championship. Congratulations to Ireland’s Paul Dunne in winning the British Masters at Close House. He held off a great charge from the exciting Rory McIlroy to thrill the crowd and win the title. Played over a new course opened in 2011, the Colt Course was designed by Scott Macpherson to reward accuracy and ball control. 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.

What the pros say: ; “It’s a solid golf course”, Sergio Garcia. “Close House is Beautiful.. it’s a beautiful golf course… if you hit good shots you’re going to be rewarded.” Rory McIlroy.

This is the first time a prestigious European Tour has been scheduled to play on a SMGD course, and it was a delight to see how well the course played, and hosted over 60,000 spectators. So much great work went into the preparation of the golf course by the Head Green Keeper, Brian Clark, for the event, and it looked stunning. The greens ran at 10.6 for the championship. The routing sequence was renumbered for the event this week (due to the TV and hospitality infrastructure) so the 1st hole was the original 5th. On a course where every hole changes direction from the previous hole and which features notable elevation change, the leading golfers were the players who best controlled the spin and flight of their ball, who strategically plotted their way around the course, and who putted the best. Well done to Lee Westwood for hosting a terrific event!

Close House – Colt Course for the British Masters – the architect writes



Royal Wellington Golf Club hosted the 2017 Asia Pacific Amateur Championship : 26-29 Oct. 

Supported by the Augusta National Golf Club and The R&A, the event was broadcast to 160 countries, and the winner, Lin Yuxin of China, will play in the 2018 Masters and The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2018. The new Championship Course at RWGC was designed by SMGD and Greg Turner, and officially opened in 2014. The fun course has holes of all different lengths, and that play in all directions. It features strategically placed hazards, and contoured greens and is designed to reward boldness in thought and accuracy in play. Chief Executive of The R&A, Martin Slumbers said of the course, ‘An excellent redesign that creates a continual challenge for the golfer. Plenty of tactical options for many holes with greens that are undulating, leading to a premium for being on the correct part of the fairway and the required section of the green.’ Chairman of The Augusta National Golf Club, Fred Ridley, said ‘…the golf course just looks fantastic.’

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.


‘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.



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Royal Wellington Golf Club


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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"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