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Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath, Angus. (1987 – 2019)

Referred to on the club website as the “Augusta of the North”.

The “Old Course” was officially opened in 1987 by Sir Henry Cotton was a 6632 yard par 73, Championship layout. An 18-hole parkland course designed by Donald Steel incorporating both tree-lined and open fairways. It featured memorable water hazards on the 8th & 10th holes. Every hole was unique, presenting a variety of challenges to every level of golfer. The blue tees add another 336 yards to the length making it a fantastic championship course.

The Glens Course” opened in 1992 was a challenging, 5528 yards, par 68 course designed by T MacAuley. It was shorter and a less demanding than the Old. The finishing holes from the 13th onwards were tight and more demanding than the first twelve. The course was not the longest but still neded plenty of thought.

In the early 1990s the secretary was Mrs H MacDougall; professional; D Scott; 18-holes, 6,789 yards, SSS 73; course records; amateur – W Taylor, 73; professional – J Farmer, 72.

I would like to thank Colin Barker for the scorecard images below and for his following comments/recollections regarding Letham Grange. – “I hope the closure you have noted in 2019 is not the final nail in the coffin for this magnificent Course - I always rated the Old Course the No1 Course I had played (out of currently 594) as it had the finest stretch of 9 back-to-back holes from the 7th to the 15th (I think) which were all unique as your opening paragraph suggests and the Jewel in the Crown was the fabulous 8th hole which was a complete mirror image of the Par 3 16th at Augusta and to this day I remember the 'perfect' 6 iron I hit over the water and past the flag thinking it would roll back down the hill but in the softish conditions it stuck leaving me with a downhill putt towards the water. With the gentlest of raps from my putter I was pleased to see it come to rest next to the hole for a tap-in par 3. When we visited in 1993 the Hotel was closed as it had been taken over by a Japanese company I think and was pending refurbishment but the bar in the Conservatory was open and over drinks we were informed that the New Course (which was obviously renamed the Glens at some point afterwards as my Card is identical to the one shown) was formed by a combination of (I believe) 4/5 holes (I'm guessing the 13th to 18th looking at the maps) taken from the original Old course and combined with the new holes that were built. so the 'new Old Course' had 4/5 new holes added to it. - it must have been a truly wonderful course in its original entirety - The Scorecard I have has the same yardage as the later one you have shown but without the names of the holes and with a much different Stroke Index eg the 8th was Stroke Index 18 and was the scariest 'easiest' hole on a Golf Course I have ever played ! - I don't know if you could find any way of verifying what we were told about the 'amalgamation' of the courses”. If anyone can help with information regarding the amalgamation of the courses please “Contact Us” via the website homepage.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Scorecards from 1993 courtesy of Colin Barker.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Scorecards from 1993 courtesy of Colin Barker.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Scorecards from 1993 courtesy of Colin Barker.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Scorecards from 1993 courtesy of Colin Barker.

Above images from 1993 courtesy of Colin Barker.

 

In the mid 1990s and  2000s the professional was Steven Moir.

The Letham Grange Hotel & Golf Resort closed in early 2011 following an unresolved and lengthy dispute between a former owner and the liquidator.  However, the golf courses were reopened less than two months later under the management of Letham Grange Golf Club thanks to the impressive efforts of keen members who often worked on a voluntary basis at the Golf Desk and out on the Golf Course.

The following message appeared on the club website. “Dear fellow golfer. Unfortunately, Letham Grange Golf Club ceased to operate the Glens and Old Courses on 3 November 2019. At that time no new operator had been announced by the property owners for the Hotel or Golf Courses.”

Alan McPherson is playing all of Scotland’s golf courses to raise funds for Cancer Research. Alan played the Glens course in June 2013, link below.

https://scottishgolfcourses-allofthem.blogspot.com/search?q=letham+grange

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Course plan for the Old Course.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Course scorecard for the Old Course.

Scorecard and course plan “Old Course.”

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Course plan for the Glens Course.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Course scorecard for the Glens Course.

Scorecard and course plan “Glens Course.”

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Pin flag for Letham Grange Golf Course.

Above image courtesy of Gary Dempster.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. The impressive Letham Grange.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. The first hole on the Old Course.

First hole – Old Course.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. The fifth hole on the Old Course.

Fifth hole – Old Course.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. The ninth green on the Glens Course.

Ninth green – Glens Course.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. The twelfth green on the Glens Course.

Twelfth green – Glens Course.

 

Thanks to Dr. Douglas Lockhart who visted the site on Friday 13 March 2020. Douglas provided the pictures below of the Old Course and issued the following update - “Overall impression 4 months after closure was of a course that had been neglected for some time - greens were very mossy - doubt if these had been hollow tined recently. Many bunkers in poor shape and grass near the edge of streams needed tidying. A lot of mole activity, some visible in photos of Old Course. The former hotel is in very poor shape.”

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. First tee and clubhouse in March 2020.

First tee and hotel.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Approach to the first green in March 2020.

Approach to the first green.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Second hole in March 2020.

Second hole – note the mole hills - these have been flattened/spread suggesting some very basic green keeping taking place.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Third hole in March 2020.

Third hole.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Approach to the third green in March 2020.

Approach to third green – arch to the right of third green.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Bridge on the eighteenth in March 2020.

Bridge at the eighteenth.

 

Letham Grange Golf Club, Arbroath. Eighteenth green in March 2020.

Eighteenth green.