Golf

Lochmaben Golf Club

18 hole parkland Course. Visitors welcome. Tee times can be booked.
Tel 01387 810552

Visit by descendant of the designer of the Lochmaben Course

On Saturday 26 January 2008 Lochmaben Golf Course was visited by Mrs Marjorie Mackie, grand-daughter of James Braid,  the five time Open Championship winner who laid out the original 9  holes of the course in 1925.  Mrs Mackie was researching material for a book on courses in the south west of Scotland who had an association with the great man.  Only 6 of the original holes 9  holes at Lochmaben are still in play today but they serve as a reminder of the architect who designed them over 80 years ago.  Mrs Mackie was keen to see how the course had been laid out, although 2  of the original holes were over the Castlehill farm road and were returned to the farm many years ago.  Secretary Michael Dickie was able to show Mrs Mackie some of the early documents relating to the procurement of the land and provided many historical details for her.
 

James Braid won The  Open Championship five times  between 1901 and 1910.  At that time, his name was  synonymous with golf course design and he was one of the leading architects in the world with the Kings and Queens courses at Gleneagles and the Rosemount course at Blairgowrie amongst his most famous layouts. 
Many courses in the southwest have an association with the great man some he designed form scratch, others he redesigned.   Lochmaben is proud to be numbered amongst them.

 
Picture shows Mrs Mackie flanked by Club Captain Ian Sloan and Secretary Michael Dickie.