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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


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 have joined 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. When completed, 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 July 2018.


Royal Wellington Golf Club host venue for 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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"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