Brora, 2nd November 1891.
On this date, a Public Meeting was held in the Upper Room of the Library Institute, for the formation of a golf club. After the chairman having stated the object of the meeting, and the matter having been fully discussed by those present, it was unanimously agreed to form the club known to all as Brora Golf Club. The membership fee was set at the modest amount of Two Shillings and Sixpence per annum. (Extract, GOLF AT THE BACK OF BEYOND by HUGH BAILLIE)
The golf course was originally 9 holes until around 1900, when it was extended to 18 holes. In 1923 James Braid, five times Open Champion and a prolific designer of golf courses, was invited to visit by the club committee. This he did in 1924 and for the princely sum of £25 plus travelling expenses, submitted plans for a redesigned 18 hole layout. This was largely implemented as he suggested, and remains mostly unchanged to this day. It remains a fair and challenging test of true links golf.
An original James Braid designed course • Established in 1891
GOLF AT THE BACK OF BEYOND
Written by Hugh Baillie
Brora Golf Club 1891 - 2000
Written by Hugh Baillie in conjunction with Brian Anderson, designed and typeset by member Lesley Beaney. Congratulations to all concerned on an excellent and interesting book, beautifully presented and a proud addition to anyone’s library.
Hugh Baillie, ‘Hootie’, as he is affectionately known, has painstakingly evoked the spirit and background to the club over the many years it has been in existence. A former club champion, Hootie also served as President and Secretary of the club. His knowledge, dry humour and careful observations make this a must read for anyone with an interest in golf in general, but Brora Golf Club in particular. Hardback copies are available from Malcolm Murray in the Professional Shop. They make a great gift for the Brora afficionado.
The book sells at £20 plus p&p of £5 (UK) and £9 (Europe and rest of the world). Orders can by placed by email at email@example.com, by telephone on +44 (0) 1408 623833 or by contacting Malcolm Murray, PGA Professional.