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Scotscraig unveils ambitious plans to celebrate 200 years

Angus club aims to pay tribute to its founders by returning the course to its original set-up

By Craig Dennett

Scotscraig Golf Club has revealed details of a project to return its renowned layout to the original specifications in time for its 200th anniversary in 2017.

The club, which is the world’s 13th oldest golf club, boasts an 18-hole championship course originally laid out by legendary golf architect and former Open champion James Braid, and the ambitious restoration programme will see all of the course’s greenside and fairway bunkers returned to their original size.

Additional on-course alterations include extensive gorse removal to return to the original design.

SUBSTANTIAL

The amount of work carried out in the last 15 months has been substantial,î said George Anderson, Scotscraig’svice captain.

The conclusion of the current programme will be later this year when all the remaining fairway bunkers will be returned to their original dimensions.

We are bringing Scotscraig back to what it used to be -
we’re re-establishing the
course.î

The huge project will be completed over two stages ahead of next year’s celebrations. The first phase involved ‘rebuilding 21 greenside bunkers and a comprehensive redesign, rebuild and expansion of the fourth green’.

Stage two involves rebuilding 26 fairway and approach
bunkers in time for the club’s double centenary celebrations.

EXTENSIVE

As well as the new-look bunkers, Scotscraig’s fairways have also been cut so longer hitters will find narrower landing areas the closer they get to the green.

Although the work is extensive, we are also mindful of the club’s history and what the course looked like in years gone by added Anderson.

At the same time, we are undertaking a modern development to maintain the challenge of the layout.

“Scotscraig is a championship golf course with an extraordinary history and an exciting future. These changes are designed to celebrate the past and prepare the club for what lies ahead."

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