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  • A bunker and green at Hazlehead Golf Course, Aberdeenshire
    Hazlehead Golf Course, Aberdeenshire
  • The Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Machrihanish, Kintyre
    The Machrihanish Dunes Golf Club, Machrihanish, Kintyre
  • Royal Dornoch golf course, Highlands
    Playing from a bunker at Royal Dornoch, Highlands

While great golfers come and go, great golf courses transcend generations and a number of Scottish golf professionals have proven a dab-hand at turning any stretch of unused land into a golf course of exquisite quality. Some of the world’s finest layouts were designed by Scots and we've listed five of the best below.

James Braid 1870 - 1950

Braid won five Opens and after retiring from playing the game professionally, he took to designing (and re-designing) courses. His craftsmanship can be appreciated on more than 200 courses including Carnoustie and the King's Course and Queen's Course at Gleneagles. Discover more Braid-designed courses across Scotland.

Old Tom Morris 1821 - 1908

Morris was a 19th century pioneer. He was a great player, a clubmaker, a greenkeeper and an accomplished course designer. The 'Grandfather of Golf' shaped numerous courses such as Muirfield, Royal Dornoch, Cruden Bay, Nairn, Leven Links and Machrihanish.

Willie Park Junior 1864 - 1925

The Musselburgh man was responsible for around 170 courses around the world, his career in golf course design taking him to mainland Europe and North America. He designed Sunningdale in England and his Scottish creations include Burntisland.

Donald Ross 1872 - 1948

Ross was born in Dornoch and learned greenkeeping and clubmaking from Old Tom Morris in St Andrews. Ross ventured to America where he was to design many of the country's most famous golf courses including Oakland Hills in Michigan and Pinehurst No.2 in North Carolina.

Dr Alister MacKenzie 1870 - 1934

Born in Yorkshire to Scottish parents, MacKenzie abandoned a career in medicine for life as a course architect and was known as 'the Course Doctor'. His finest creations include Augusta National, Cypress Point and Royal Melbourne and his Scottish creation can be found at Hazlehead in Aberdeen.

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