Five-time Open Champion James Braid was one of Scotland’s greatest-ever golfers who went on to design over 200 golf courses in the British Isles.
Credited with the invention of the “dogleg” style of golf hole, Braid’s contribution to Britain’s golfing landscape is unrivalled.
His most famous courses are the King’s and Queen’s courses at Gleneagles in Perth, Brora in the Scottish Highlands
– a personal favourite of fellow 5-time Open Champion Peter Thomson – and the renovation of Open Championship links Carnoustie and Royal Troon.
This year is the 110th anniversary of James Braid winning the 1906 Open at Muirfield by four strokes with a score of 300 strokes. He won £50. We have picked out 20 of James Braid’s best golf courses in all corners of the British Isles.
At Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel we celebrate our links with James Braid who designed our classic heathland course in 1923. An annexe of our 36-bedroom golf hotel is called Braid Lodge. We welcome members of James Braid Association member clubs and any golfer who simply loves the sensitive and inspiring way Braid laid out golf courses in Britain’s stunning landscapes.
Scroll down, click a flag on our interactive map to check out the top 20 James Braid courses
- Thorpeness, Suffolk
- Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland
- Gleneagles, Perth, Scotland
- Royal Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland
- Goswick, Northumberland
- Hunstanton, Norfolk
- Romford, Essex
- Royal Blackheath, London
- St Enodoc, Cornwall
- Aberdovey, Wales
- Waterford, Ireland
- Southport and Ainsdale, Merseyside
- Powfoot, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
- Stranrear, Scotland
- Kirkistown, County Down, Northern Ireland
- Brora, Scottish Highlands
- Golspie, Scottish Highlands
- Nairn, Moray, Scotland
- Boat of Garten, Scotland
- Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland
Preferential green fees
Members of all of the clubs in the Association of James Braid Courses can enjoy preferential green fees at these courses. This list is updated each year with new member clubs.
Staying true to the Spirit of James Braid
Thorpeness is proud of its connection to James Braid and has always honoured his beliefs and values in how the golf course should be played and presented.
In recent years, we commissioned Scottish golf course designer Ken Moodie of Creative Golf Design to help renovate Thorpeness to account for the changes in modern equipment and golf ball technology, but without sacrificing the essence of how Braid shaped the course.