Golf Architect James Braid is one of the most prolific golf course architects in history. His legacy is unparalleled in the UK.
From Scotland to England
Born in Scotland and raised on the links at Elie. After a brief spell in St. Andrews, he moved to Edinburgh where he, interestingly, played at Braid Hills. Moving to London to accept a club-making position, Braid ended up as head professional at Romford GC in North East London. After winning the Open Championship in 1901, he undertook several design contracts in Ireland and England. In 1904, Braid became the head professional at Walton Heath where he would remain for the remainder of his days.
Transition From Playing to Designing
After claiming his fifth Open Championship title, he retired from professional golf in 1912 to concentrate on his course design. Due to severe motion sickness, Braid infrequently travelled over land and water. Although most of his 400 courses grace England, Scotland and Wales there is some Braid to be found in the Isle of Man, Ireland and continental Europe. He was also able to understand topographical maps and therefore was able to design courses without a site visit, resulting in commissions in both Singapore and the USA.
A Closer Look
We wish to thank friend of Evalu18 and collaborator, Keith Cutten, for the material for this short biography. For a more detailed account, you can find his book by clicking here. Also, the book, James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses, provides an excellent overview of his prolific work.
Very little earth was moved due to technological constraints.
Minimal artificial features present.
Putting greens must be well guarded often by dykes directly in front of greens.
Green size is governed by length of approach.
Alternative tees provided to allow play in all conditions.
Bunkering and layout reward good positional play with alternative routes provided on each hole.
Par 3’s are often surrounded by pot bunkers.
- Aberdovey Golf Club
- Baildon Golf Club
- Berkhamsted Golf Club
- Berwick Upon Tweed Golf Club (Goswick)
- Blairgowrie Golf Club (The) – Rosemount Course
- Blairgowrie Golf Club (The) – Wee Course
- Boat of Garten Golf Club
- Brora Golf Club
- Bruntsfield Links (The)
- Carnoustie – Championship
- Cawder Golf Club – Championship Course
- Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club – East Course
- Downfield Golf Club
- Dunbar Golf Club
- Fairhaven Golf Club
- Formby Golf Club
- Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club
- Fraserburgh Golf Club – The Corbie Hill Course
- Ganton Golf Club
- Glen Golf Club (East Links)
- Gleneagles – The King’s Course
- Gleneagles – The Queen’s Course
- Gog Magog Golf Club (The) – Old
- Golf House Club, Elie (The)
- Golspie Golf Club
- Goodwood – The Downs Course
- Halifax Golf Club (Ogden)
- Hankley Common Golf Club
- Hockley Golf Club
- Holyhead Golf Club Treardour Bay
- Hunstanton Golf Club
- Ipswich Golf Club – Purdis Heath Course
- Irvine Golf Club (The) – Bogside
- Kedleston Park Golf Club
- La Moye Golf Club
- Lanark Golf Club
- Littlestone Golf Club – The Championship Links
- Longniddry Golf Club
- Luffenham Heath Golf Club (The)
- Lundin Golf Club
- Muir of Ord Golf Club
- Murcar Links
- Nairn Golf Club (The) – The Championship Course
- Nefyn & District Golf Club – Championship & Point
- North Hants Golf Club (Fleet)
- Northamptonshire County Golf Club
- Northumberland Golf Club (Gosforth) (The)
- Panmure Golf Club (Barry Links)
- Parkstone Golf Club
- Pennard Golf Club
- Perranporth Golf Club
- Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort – Old Tom Morris Links
- Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Balgownie Course
- Royal Blackheath Golf Club
- Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club (Deal)
- Royal County Down Golf Club (The) – Championship Links (Newcastle)
- Royal Cromer Golf Club
- Royal Musselburgh Golf Club (The)
- Royal Troon Golf Club – Old Course
- Scotscraig Golf Club
- Sherwood Forest Golf Club
- Southport & Ainsdale (S&A) Golf Club
- St Enodoc Golf Club – Church Course
- Tenby Golf Club
- Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel
- Wallasey Golf Club
- West Byfleet Golf Club
- West Kilbride Golf Club (The)
- Wildernesse Golf Club
- Woodbridge – Heath Course