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Happy Birthday to us….SMGD is 20 this year! (no need to send a card)

And 2024 is off to a cracking start. I’m excited with the new greens at Miramar Links in New Zealand, and looking forward to return this summer to Malta for the redesign of the course at Royal Malta Golf Club. If you have a project you think SMGD could help with, please make contact. We also offer golf consultancy services. Look forward to hearing from you.




BUY NOW: St Andrews – The Evolution of the Old Course – 2nd Edition. 

Shortlisted in the 2023 USGA Book Awards, the new, updated and extended edition of The Evolution of the Old Course is back! 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 iconic course. The book includes fantastic new plans, photos and drone imagery, and be over 50 pages longer.

There are two versions: The Main version, and the special limited Scholars’ edition.

Click here to read about how Scott’s new book has been received.

Click here to BUY THE BOOK.




I am excited that the new holes at Miramar Golf Club are now open for play. SMGD was appointed in 2022 to redesign the existing golf course into a 9-hole facility with a driving range, par 3-course and additional attractions for its members and visitors. With the existing 18-hole links due to close its back-9 for the expansion of Wellington International Airport in late 2024, work on the new driving range and par 3 course are the next phases. SMGD is honoured and excited to help the golf club transition into a new golf facility. For Scott, it is a return to the city he was born, has family and much loves.



Edinburgh, Scotland: In October 2023 the bunker renovation program started. Phase one includes six holes (1-3 and 16-18). It has been over 30 years since the last changes were made to the course and it is wonderful to place bunkers more into play for the modern golfer. Those playing the renovated holes will find the new bunkers make the holes more fun and interesting for golfers of all abilities.



Officially opened on August 5th 2023 – We are very excited to be part of Golf It!, an incredible new attraction now open in Glasgow that is bringing 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.


Testimonial from The R&A:
“From the very beginning when I asked [Scott] for his professional services he spent time not just understanding what we were trying to achieve, why we were doing it but as importantly what was actually currently on the ground. He provided options and together we refined and evolved to what we now have. The golf course delivers on the brief that it needs to be fun for new players as well as fun for good players. Critically though this was done within the context of the Master Plan for the entire facility that he developed. It was his vision to put the driving range, hub, golf course and all the other facilities we wanted into a cohesive plan which over time can evolve.

Golf it! is a ground breaking concept and Scott’s skill brought it to life.”

Martin Slumbers, CEO The R&A, Regarding Golf iT! in Glasgow. May 2024



BREAKING NEWS – 19 MAY 2023. Golf Inc. has awarded Millbrook Resort the Development of the Year award in the Resort/Daily Fee category. Judges said of the new Coronet Course:

‘Spectacular site and a well conceived routing and vision. Project goals and developer’s commitment are apparent.’ – Kevin Norby

‘Big goals for this facility. Some incredible vistas. Clean modern architecture.’ – Casey Paulson



Historic RMGC approved SMGD master plan to redesign its golf course. One new green opened in February 2019. The remainder of the greens shall be converted to USGA type, and be seeded with cool-season grasses to offer the best putting surfaces to golfers. The first phase of construction works was completed June – September 2023, and includes 9 new greens. Eight of the greens opened for play in October 2023, and we are delighted with the feedback. Can’t wait to get back to Malta in the summer of 2024 to finish the remaining holes.



Scott was delighted to be a judge for the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards. Congratulations to all the golf courses, hotels and nominees short listed for the final ceremony in February 2023. Scott presented the award to Carnoustie Links as the winner of the Best Course over £150 (Green Fee) category. Good luck everyone for the rest of the year and hope to see you again in 2024.




If you’d like to follow Scott on Twitter, it’s: @macphersongolf



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.




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




Co-hosted by the European Tour and Sky Sports, the 2017 championship 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 is still excited about the prospect of designing a new golf facility in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. 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.



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. Golf courses can be great for the environment and I aim to create diverse ecosystems and healthy habitats for wildlife around the golf holes. 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. Every project is a very special opportunity to create an inspired golf experience.

Reach out and contact me. It would be great to help bring your vision to life!


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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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"During both the design and construction phases their can-do attitude to problem solving was refreshing".

Ben O'Malley, Millbrook Country Club, NZ