About Scott

Name; Scott Macpherson
Born; New Zealand, 1971.

Qualifications; Bachelor in Horticulture with Honours in Technology, 1993.

Studied at:

  • Massey University, New Zealand
  • University of California, Davis, USA

With a range in interests from history, music, sport, horticulture, wine and painting, Scott grew up on a small land holding just north of Wellington in New Zealand. Golf found Scott at the age of 14 and soon he was playing junior golf for Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club. It was this internationally well-known links that inspired Scott to a life in golf course design.

After a period working for five-times Open Champion Peter Thomson in Melbourne, Australia, Scott moved to the UK and in 1998 and took up residence in St Andrews. For fours years he worked for American Denis Griffiths as the on-site architect for the two courses at St Andrews Bay, now known as ‘Fairmont St Andrews’. When the courses were completed Scott spent 2 further years working at the company office in Atlanta, USA. Scott returned to Scotland in 2004 and to marry, and very soon after started his own design company. In 2007 Scott published first book. It is called “St Andrews, The Evolution of the Old Course” and followed it up with his second book in 2014 entitled ‘Golf’s Royal Clubs’ – a book commissioned by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Scott is married, has two children and is based in Edinburgh, Scotland.


Excellence In Compliance Award Winner Winner
Excellence in Compliance Award
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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"When I was looking for a golf architect I wanted someone who would understand the landscape and have the flair to design a course of the highest quality in terms of; aesthetics, a player's and playing perspective; being practical in terms of forward maintenance; and to bring the construction in on time and on budget. Scott is that man! And what's more he brings competence and professionalism and an easy management style and enthusiasm that is infectious and at no extra charge – a little bit of magic to it all!"

Derek Young, Chairman Kersewell Resort Group, Scotland, UK.