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In 1933 the Newbattle Committee had completed negotiations to move to its present site. The Club had leased a 9 hole course from the Marquis of Lothian in 1896, but by the early thirties, circumstances arose which led to Lord Lothian offering a move to the more secluded current 100 acre site with enough space for 18 holes.
At the Club’s AGM of April 1933 it was agreed that his Lordship be provided with a plan, prepared by a qualified golf course architect. It was further agreed that the Club should approach Messrs. Colt, Alison and Morrison, to that end.
Newbattle Golf Course was designed by Harry Shapland Colt, one of the foremost course designers during the first half of the 20th century.
During his active life, Colt was able to stamp his design philosophy on an average of six course each year, a phenomenal record of achievement and had an association with some of the world’s best courses, including 12 ‘Royals’ and 5 British ‘Open’ courses. They are the testimony to a craftsman who linked the playing of the game to the sympathetic use of available terrain.
The Colt Association
There is now a ‘Colt Association’, with his being acknowledged as one of the ‘greats’ of golf course design.
Harry Shapland Colt designed and remodelled numerous courses in the UK and around the world you can see and extensive list of these courses below.
The list set out below, represents the courses with which Harry S Colt is been associated. These were often entirely his own creation, but (as is the case of some of the overseas courses), occasionally in close co-operation with his sometime partner, C.H. (Charles Hugh) Alison. The great man was greatly experienced in designing new courses from barren landscapes, as well as re-designing old lay-outs to make them more testing. The list below shows a total of 103 known courses, where Mr Colt had a direct involvement.
St Andrews (Old, New & Jubilee)
In addition to seven courses in Scotland, Harry S Colt had an involvement with many other courses worldwide. Of particular note is the lack of involvement “north of the border”, where he appears to have left the work to his contemporary, the world-renowned James Braid, (who was responsible for at least 70 courses in Scotland), and, with whom, he was in direct competition for golf course design! What all these courses have in common is that they carry out his wish, documented in his heyday of the 1920s, when he declared that “as a golf course architect, his creations will endure as a lasting record of my craft and a love of my work”.
Abercrombie Alwoodley Beaconsfield Bath
Barton-on-Sea Betchworth Park Blackpool North Shore Blackmoor
Berkhampstead Broadstone Brancpeth Castle Brockenhurst Manor
Burhill Burton-on-Trent Calcot Park Camberley Heath
Canterbury Chadwick Manor Churston Chelmsford
Chesterfield Clyne Came Down Coulsdon Manor
Crews Hill Cuddington Copt Heath Crowborough Beacon
Denham Ealing Edgbaston Effingham
Folkestone Formby Frinton Ganton
Grimsby Ham Manor Handsworth Common
Harbourne Hendon Hastings & St Leonards Hopewood
Isle of Purbeck Kingsthorpe Lansdown Ladbroke Park
Lilleshall Hall Little Aston Leamington & County Leckford & Longstock
Manchester Maylands Mill Hill Moor Park
Moseley Neville Newquay Northampton County
Nothumberland Oxhey Oxley Park Prenton
Prestbury Rickmansworth Ringway Robin Hood
Romford Rowlands Castle Rye Royal Liverpool
Royal St Georges Royal Winchester Royal Lytham & St Annes Royal Wimbeldon
Royal Worlington Sandy Lodge Sandwell Park Shipley
Sandiway Southport Southfield Sunningdale
St Georges Hill Stoke Poges Swinley Forest Sherwood Forest
Tandridge Thornton Park Trevose Truro
Tyneside Thurleston Ulverston Wentworth (both)
Whitburn Whittington Barracks Worthing Woodcote Park
Woodhall Spa Worplesdon
Aberdovey Bargoed Borth & Ynslas Clyne
Royal Porthcawl Pyle & Kenfig St Mellons Southerndown
Castle Foxrock Greystones Rosapenna
Porthmarnock Royal Dublin Belvior Park The Knock
County Sligo Royal Portrush Royal Belfast Cairndhu
Sea Island (Georgia)
North Shore (Illinois)
Old Elm (Illinois)
Bob O’Link (Illinois)
Highland Park (Illinois)
Detroit GC Burning Tree (Maryland)
Orchard Lake (Michigan)
Canoe Brook (New Jersey)
Pine Valley (New Jersey)
Century (New York)
Colony (New York)
Lakesville (New York)
Fresh Meadow (New York)
Old Oaks (New York)
Timber Point (New York)
Kirtland (New York)
Royal Montreal (Quebec)
St Georges (Ontario)
York Downs (Ontario)
Pine Ridge (Manitoba)
de Chantaco (France)
de Granville (France)
St Cloud (France)
St Germain (France)
Le Touquet (France)
Puerto de Hierro (Spain)
de Pedrena (Spain)
Royal Waterloo (Belgium)
St Andrews (Trinidad & Tobago)