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Inventor of the Dogleg

Five-time Open Champion James Braid was one of Scotland’s greatest-ever golfers, he retired from competitive golf in 1912 and became a renowned golf course architect responsible for designing over 250 golf courses throughout the British Isles.

Often regarded as the "inventor" of the dogleg, although holes of similar design had been known for centuries, Braid's courses range from the prestigious and well known championship layouts, to remote village courses but every one of them will give the golfer a thorough test of his golfing ability.

James Braid Facts

Name James Braid
Born 6 Feb, 1870
Died 27 Nov, 1950
Nationality Scottish
Majors 5 Open Championships
Parkstone Golf Club 18th Hole - Signature Hole Series with Mark Crossfield

Best James Braid Golf Courses

Braid may have had a hand in the design of over 250 golf courses throughout the British Isles but his most prominent courses are the Championship layouts. He has designed or remodelled The Open courses of Royal Cinque Ports, Royal Troon and Carnoustie as well the Scottish Open and Walker Cup course of Royal Aberdeen and Ryder Cup host Ganton.

James Braid Golf Courses

As well as designing Championship layouts for the Pro Golfers to do combat on, Braid also designed many lesser known courses or certainly ones with less air time on TV.

The majority of his courses are within his homeland of Scotland but as well as following the James Braid Trail north of the border you will find Braid designs all over the British Isles.

England has many Braid designs with the likes of Sherwood Forest & The Mere, there is Pwllheli & Holyhead in Wales and Howth in Ireland.

Sherwood Forest Golf Club, England
Sherwood Forest Golf Club, England
The Mere Golf Resort, England
The Mere Golf Resort, England
Holyhead Golf Club, Wales
Holyhead Golf Club, Wales
Pwllheli Golf Club, Wales
Pwllheli Golf Club, Wales
Howth Golf Club, Ireland
Howth Golf Club, Ireland
Ganton Golf Club, England
Ganton Golf Club, England
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland
Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland
Porthmadog Golf Club, Wales
Porthmadog Golf Club, Wales
Gleneagles - King's Course, Perthshire, Scotland
Gleneagles - King's Course, Perthshire, Scotland
Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland
Carnoustie Golf Links, Scotland

Gleneagles - Two Great James Braid Golf Course Designs

The King's course places emphasis on the golfer's ability to shape shots and be creative. Lee Trevino once said of the course "If Heaven is as good as this, I sure hope they have some tee-times left."

The King's Course Statistics
Par: 71 | Year Opened: 1919

The Queen's course is set in beautiful woodland with indigenous lochans and streams as water hazards. The course is shorter than the other layouts but makes up for the lack of length with exquisite beauty.

The Queen's Course Course Statistics
Par: 68 | Year Opened: 1917

About James Braid

James Braid was one of the best golfers of his generation. The Fife native won 5 Open Championships (1901, 1905, 1905, 1908 & 1910) and was admitted into The World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976.

Braid's time in the game was one of a great boom thanks to a huge amount of public interest generated by himself, Harry Vardon and John Henry (JH) Taylor. This trio became known as The Great Triumvirate and won 16 of the 21 Open Championships played between 1894 - 1914.

Despite his very apparent talent for the game, he was reportedly playing to a handicap of scratch from the age of 16 at Ellie Golf Club, it could've been a very different life for him had he not been able to match his long-game talents with his putting. A change to a lighter aluminium putter improved his fortunes and gave the platform for a prolific career in golf.

Braid left a legacy, not only with his professional endeavours but also as one of the most active golf course architects in the history of the game. His designs include both The Kings and The Queens Course at Gleneagles and Southport and Ainsdale with further hands in the redesign and updating of the likes of Carnoustie Golf Links, Royal Troon, Ballybunion and Royal Musselburgh.

Braid spent more than 40 years as Professional at Walton Heath Golf Club where he joined as the club's 1st professional.

Recommended James Braid Golf Courses in Scotland

Take in the mountain views of the James Braid Highland Golf Trail including Boat of Garten near Aviemore through Fortrose and Rosemarkie near Inverness up to Brora Golf Club in Sutherland. Base yourself around the capital playing Dalmahoy, Bruntsfield or Ratho Park or play the links courses of East Lothian, there are Braid courses throught the whole of Scotland.

Recommended James Braid Golf Courses in England

There are James Braid courses in England that you can easily build into a little tour of the North or South. Base yourself at The Mere Golf Resort while also playing Caldy and Sherwood Forest in the North or take in the likes of Littlestone, Walmer & Kingsdown and Kingswood in the South.

Recommended James Braid Golf Courses in Wales & Ireland

A visit to North Wales can take in Braid layouts such as Aberdovey, Maesdu, Holyhead, Pwllheli and Porthmadog. While in the South there are the superb tracks of Pennard, Langland Bay and Tenby. You could also pop over to Ireland and base yourself around Dublin to sample the likes of Howth Golf Club and Tullamore Golf Club.

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Tenby Golf Club

South Coast & Pembrokeshire

3 Nights, 4 Rounds

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • 1 round at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club
  • 1 round at Pennard Golf Club
  • 1 round at Ashburnham Golf Club
  • 1 round at Tenby Golf Club

Other James Braid Golf Course Designs

Scotland Golf Courses
Belleisle Golf Club
Blairgowrie Golf Club
Boat of Garten Golf Club
Downfield Golf Club
Forfar Golf Club
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club
Fraserburgh Golf Club
Golspie Golf Club
Lundin Golf Club
Murcar Golf Links
Panmure Golf Club
Powfoot Golf Club
Ratho Park Golf Club
Scotscraig Golf Club
Stranrear Golf Club

England Golf Courses
Caldy Golf Club
Goswick Links Golf Club
Hawkstone Park
Kingswood Golf & Country Club
Northumberland Golf Club
Sherwood Forest Golf Club
The Mere Golf & Country Club
Thorpeness Golf Hotel
Torquay Golf Club
Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Club

Wales Golf Courses
Glamorganshire Golf Club
Holyhead Golf Club
Llandrindod Wells Golf Club
Maesdu Golf Club
Monmouthshire Golf Club
Pwllheli Golf Club