Blairgowrie Golf Club of the Grampian Mountains
Nestling at the foot of the Grampian Mountains of Scotland is a premier inland golfing venue, Blairgowrie. The three courses available at the Blairgowrie Golf Club, namely the Rosemount, Lansdowne and the delightful nine holed Wee Course are in excellent condition and are ideal for an enjoyable game of golf with no unusual difficulties.
Situated in the heart of Perthshire, north of the city of Perth, the private club was founded in1889. The beautiful setting of the tree lined courses in scenic countryside is just a bonus to the two18-hole championship courses. In a quirk of fate what was originally known as the Lansdowne course became the Rosemount Course. It was designed by Dr Alistair McKenzie, the renowned golf course architect but the club could not afford to build a full fledged course at that time.
In 1930 the club engaged the legendary James Braid to redesign and extend the course. He devised a new 18-hole layout, using some of the original holes and some absolutely new ones. He also added a provision for a new nine-hole course. The well known 17th hole, an original McKenzie design, is a 165 yard par three with a two tiered green called Plateau. This became the Rosemount Course, the inland course with a gorgeous setting in heather with shaded avenues of pine and silver birch.
The par 72, 6600 yard course at Blairgowrie Golf Club begins with a challenging par four of almost 450 yards. The par four, 4th hole, rated as the hardest on the course. The Rosemount Course was the venue of a world record of ten consecutive birdies, between the 8th to the 17th, by Lionel Platts in 1973. Greg Norman's first victory on the European Tour in 1977 took place here.
The nine-hole course designed by Braid became the Wee Course and today is virtually as he conceptualized it. In the 1970s Blairgowrie Club built Lansdowne, designed by Peter Alliss and Dave Thomas as another 18-hole championship course. Like Rosemount, this too has magnificent heathland fairways colored by plenty of purple heather, broom and gorse and surrounded by pine and silver birch woods.