Design History

I became interested in golf course design at the age of 15, and soon after constructed my first hole on my parents’ farm in New Zealand. A passion for the art of golf course design soon expanded into a desire to attain the academic and technical skills required to build and golf courses and I studied horticulture, soil science and landscape design at universities in New Zealand and the United States.

A professional career took hold in the 1990s and I have been fortunate to work alongside Peter Thomson in Australia, Denis Griffiths in the USA, Sam Torrance in Scotland, and Greg Turner in New Zealand.

It is easy to hold dear my role as the on-site architect for two golf courses in St Andrews, Scotland, as a career highlight, but I am very proud of all the work we have completed from the renovation of the Oreti Sands (the most-southern links in the world) to the historic Royal Malta Golf Club founded in 1888. The course at Millbrook Golf Resort in New Zealand has hosted the New Zealand Open, Royal Wellington Golf Club has hosted the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and the new Colt Course at Close House in England – and where Lee Westwood is attached as the touring professional – is two-time host of the British Masters and was, within 4 years of opening, ranked as a Top 100 Course in the UK and Ireland.

I started my company in 2004 with the keen focus of producing fun, interesting and attractive golf courses on-time and on budget. I like to spend time on-site during construction to ensure the golf courses are built as envisioned, improvements are made, and time and money are saved. It is also important to me that my courses are in line with the best environmental standards. We have an opportunity and obligation to be stewards of the environment, and our golf courses can be home to valuable wildlife and habitat areas. Designed properly, these areas become assets to the golf course and powerful opportunities for golfers to connect with the outdoors.

No golf courses are built by one person, and I see myself as a team player and with a focus on producing courses that will best meet the business and strategic needs of my clients. With a multi-disciplined approach, we can work with an existing team or assemble a new team to take a client through the master planning stages that results in a popular course that will contribute strongly to the success of a golf business.

Looking back, it has been 25 years since I produced a par three for my own fun. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, my work takes me around the world, but designing golf holes that are fun to play is still central to my design philosophy.  Why? It’s simple. If golfers have fun playing a golf course they will return. And for a golf course owner, the saying that most often holds true is, ‘the best business is repeat business’. Today we are here to help your golf business. Please make contact if you think we share your golfing vision for the future.

 

Project Chronology

Year Client Project Location Status
2004 Close House- Colt Course New 18 hole Championship Golf Course UK Opened May, 2011
2006 Russley Golf Club New 18th Green NZ Opened Dec, 2006
2007 Oreti Sands Course Redesign NZ Opened March, 2009
2007 Millbrook Golf Resort 13 New Holes, 14 hole renovation, New range NZ Opened Feb, 2010
2007 Private Golf Facility Private 4 hole Golf facility NZ Opened Dec, 2010
2008 Arrowtown New 18th Green NZ Completed 2009
2008 Harewood Golf Club 18 hole Re-design NZ Opened Feb 2012
2009 Royal Wellington Golf Club 27 Hole Re-design NZ Officially Opened Feb 2014
2009 Menaggio & Cadenabbia Course Consultation Italy Completed
2010 Kersewell Resort New 18 Holes, Par 3 Course + range UK In Planning
2011 Russley Golf Club Course Re-design NZ Completed
2012 Saint Maurice de Lions New 9 Hole Design France Paused
2012 Close House Renovation of ‘Filly Course’. UK Opened July 2013
2013 Holy Island Resurrect lost Braid Course UK Stopped
2013 Pauatahanui Golf Club Planning Consultation NZ Completed
2014 Royal Malta Golf Club Course Redesign Malta On Going
2015 Baberton Golf Club Safety Consultation UK Hole Opened 2015
2015 Premier Inn, Edinburgh Safety Consultation UK Completed
2016 Bruntsfield Links Golf Society Safety Consultation UK Completed
2016 Close House Consultation for British Masters UK Completed
2017 Broomieknow Golf Club Redesign UK In Process
2018 Millbrook Golf Resort New 9-Holes for Championship Course NZ 2019: Under Construction
2018 St Peter’s School Consultation on High Performance facility NZ In Planning
2018 Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club Course Renovation UK In Process
2018 Menaggio & Cadenabbia Course Redesign Italy 2019 Under Construction
2019 Waikanae Golf Club Design Consultation NZ  Completed
2019 To Be Announced

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

"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