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 four 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 in the same year set up his own design company.

In 2007 Scott published first book – called ‘St Andrews, The Evolution of the Old Course’.  His second book came out in 2014 and is entitled ‘Golf’s Royal Clubs’ and was 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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"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