Club History

The Club was formed in 1890 and a nine hole course was laid out by A.C. Brown, a golf professional. In 1911 this was extended to 18 holes to a design by Willie Park, of Musselburgh. In 1921, James Braid was asked to advise on improvements to the course and the changes he recommended were incorporated and remain to the present day.

From a humble beginning the clubhouse has also evolved over the years and in 1999 a major extension and refurbishment was carried out to upgrade it to the very best modern standard.

Bobby Cruickshank, Johnny Golden, Tommy Armour
Bobby Cruickshank, Johnny Golden, Tommy Armour

The club's most famous son is Bobby Cruickshank. After a distinguished amateur career interrupted by the First World War, Boback, as he was affectionately known locally, headed for the United States in 1921 with his great friend and rival, Tommy Armour.

As a professional, he won over twenty tournaments and in 1923 lost to Bobby Jones in an eighteen hole play-off for the US Open when Jones birdied the last. The Cruickshank family presented the Bobby Cruickshank Cup to the club in memory of an outstanding golfer and a gentleman.

As part of our centenary celebrations, Arnold Palmer was invited to become an Honorary Member of the club. In recognition of his unique contribution to professional golf worldwide and his friendship with Bobby Cruickshank the club were delighted that he accepted.

Bobby may have started the professional game at Grantown-on-Spey whereby many others have recently followed. We are very proud that we have had many professionals hail from the club. Bill Mitchell a stalwart of the game has been a professional for over 50 years.

More recently Christopher Campbell (2003), Duncan Stewart (2007) and Gavin Hay (2012) have all turned Professional in the last two decades who all grew up playing at Grantown as juniors.

Centenary Trophy

1990 Winner Vivinne Meon

The Daughter of Sheila Smith and son presenting the trophy to Vivenne

Audrey presenting the Trophy to Stella McKenzie