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James Braid Designed Courses

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. Here 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. Thorpeness welcomes 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.

Thorpeness Golf Club

Here 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. Thorpeness welcomes 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.

Preferential green fees

Thorpeness Golf Club members and members of all of the Clubs in the association 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.