Design

Graeme J. Webster

Golf Course Architect

As is evident from his resume, Graeme is one of the most prolific and sought after golf course architects of his generation. A native of Scotland and a fine amateur player, he is equally at home in Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Germany and Spain where he has left his design imprint on many courses. Whether a complete design or increasingly re designs and upgrades. Graeme has a single determination to make the most of any landscape within the bounds of playability and budget.

Imaginative yet pragmatic, his approach has found favour amongst commercial developers and member clubs alike. A simple design philosophy playability for golfers of all abilities Graeme uses clever shapes and contours to create holes that ask the player to consider the risk and reward of shot options, all the time posing questions and challenges that encourage the player to think their way round.

Play away from the hazard and have a more exacting second shot, play away from the pin and be prepared for a more challenging 2 putt. The clever use of contour and “run off” areas that give the golfer the benefit of the rub of the green and an opportunity to get ‘up and down’ to save par, is another design feature that adds to the enjoyment of the game.

Where significant earthworks are required they can be at times bold, however never looking forced. Every opportunity is taken to create a dramatic yet natural looking landscape, emanating contours that produce the natural challenge of the golf hole.

Graeme cherishes the history of the landscapes he is asked to work with, never more so than when asked to work on established and well known courses, recognising that his work must blend in seamlessly to the existing aesthetic. This sensitive yet bold, considered and creative approach delivers a finished design that works in harmony with nature and the overall feel of the rest of the course.

Graeme joined ScotAGCA (Scottish Golf Course Architects Association) 

Resume

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen Petroleum Club (Kippie Lodge) – Aberdeen
Design and construction of 9 hole golf course and short game practice area.
2014 – 2015 Carried out enforced changes due to the AWPR project including the redesign and rebuild of the 7th hole. Redesigned and rebuilt 9th green and 8th hole site.

Andrew Tait – Fraserburgh Design and construction of private golf course.

Aspire Golf Centre – Aberdeen
Design and construction of Golf Academy comprising target green range, 9 Hole (par 3 )course, short game practice area and practice putting green.
Now the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre-Redesigned and rebuilt the dedicated short game practice area.

Inchmarlo Golf Club – Banchory
Design and construction of 9 and 18 hole courses.
2015 Carried out complete upgrading of the 9 hole course and training facilities.Rebuilding all Greens,tees and bunkers.Specified upgrade of structural drainage scheme.

Kemnay Golf Club – Kemnay
Design and remodeling of holes throughout the course over a number of years. Most recent being the design (2013) of the new 18th hole and practice facilities, c/w par 3 children and beginners course.

Kintore Golf Club – Kintore.
Design and construction of new par 3 (13th hole)

Paul Lawrie – Aberdeen
Design and construction of private short game practice area.

Meldrum House Hotel and Golf Course
(Venue for the 2012,2013 and 2014 Northen Opens)
Design and construction of 18 Hole Golf Course and Golf Academy incorporating target green range, practice putting green, short game practise area and “chippers alley”.

Murcar Links Golf Course – Aberdeen
(2015 and 2016 venue for European Tour Event – The Paul Lawrie Golf Classic.)
Design and construction of new practice facility.
Ongoing programme of enhancements and upgrades throughout the course.

Newmacher Golf Club – Newmachar
(Venue for Senior British Open Championship and numerous other European and international events)
Design input and design coordination with Architect David Thomas.
Construction Manager of the project to build the new 18 hole “Hawkshill” golf course.

Ury Estate – Stonehaven.
Design of 18 hole course (received outline planning approval.)
Currently working with Jack Nicklaus signature design on a new 18 hole Championship Golf Course.
2016 Project received full planning permission .Currently preparing for start of site works.

Westhill Golf Club – Aberdeen.
Design and build of new junior short game practice area , including new practise putting green.

Angus

Edzell Golf Club – Edzell
Design and construction of 9 hole course.

Blairgowrie Golf Club – Blairgowrie
Venue for the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup
2016 Carried out redesign and rebuild of the green site on holes 6 and 7 on the 18 hole Rosemount course.

Kingennie Golf and Country Resort – Broughty Ferry, Dundee
Design and construction of 9 hole course and “Cairngorm” adventure green.
Design of “The Angus” 18 hole course and Golf Academy.
Working with 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke on the development of the project .
Project received full planning approval in 2015. Currently working with the Developers in preparation for the start of works on this 5* Resort comprising Hotel ,18 Hole Championship Golf Course and Golf Academy.

Piperdam Golf and Country Resort – Fowlis,Dundee
Design and construction of 9 hole “wee piper” golf course. Carried out redesign and upgrades to the 18 hole golf course,including the redesign of holes 14-18.

East Renfrewshire

Eastwood Golf Club – Newton Meams, Glasgow
Design of 8 Holes on adjacent ground, replacing holes being lost to the extension works of the M77 motorway.
Remaining 10 green sites were remodeled and rebuilt to the same specification as the new holes.

Mearns Castle – Newton Mearns,Glasgow
Design and construction of 9 hole golf course and short game practice area.

Williamwood Golf Club – Glasgow
Design and construction of phased programme of alterations and upgrades, including the re-routing and rebuilding of holes 10,12 and 13.

Bearsden Golf Club – Glasgow
Club currently looking at redeveloping an area of the golf course with housing.
Designed a new routing for the 9 hole golf course c/w short game practice area, extending into the neighbouring land.Currently going through the planning process.

Lothians

Baberton Golf Club – Juniper Green, Edinburgh
Design Consultancy on phased redevelopment of all 18 green sites.

Kings Acre – Lasswade
Design and build of 18 hole golf course and Golf Academy.

Kingsfield Golf Centre – Linlithgow
Design and build of 9 hole golf course and short game practice area.
Design of “The Gallacher’,,a 9 hole golf development course.Currently working with 2013 +2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic and 2004 Dunhill Links Championship winner Stephen Gallacher, on the development of the project.

Pumpherston Golf Club – Pumpherston
Design of new 9 hole extension. Remodelled areas of existing 9 hole course to create new 18 hole routing.
(Project has won numerous environmental awards for the construction of the new holes, on the site of a former oil refinery works)

South Melville – Lasswade Design and build of new 9 hole golf course.

Perthshire

Crieff Hydro – Crieff
Design and build of new 9 hole golf course joining onto existing 9 Holes. Several green sites on the existing course were remodelled and rebuilt to the same specification as the new holes.

Ireland

County Kerry

Ballybunion Golf Club – County Kerry
(World top 20 rated Golf Course and venue for 2008 Murphy’s Irish Open.)
2014 – Appointed as Clubs “In House” Designer.
Redesign of 2nd hole green site on the Cashen course.

The Old Course
2015 Design of new greensite and approach for the 7th hole.
Supervised the rebuilding of 17 remaining green sites ,renewing rootzone and returfing with 100% fescue turf the green and surrounds surfaces.All green side bunkers were converted to revetted style bunkers.
Redesign of practice Putting green, 1st tee area and reshaping of 1st hole to turning point, creating grass pathways through new links landscape.
Redesign of tees on holes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,13 and 14, sitting the tees into newly created dunescape.
Creation of new dunes Amphitheatre around the 5th green.
Re-landscaped the former ‘garden area’ of the 6th hole creating a new links style landscape.
Reshaped area to rear of 6th green, lowering the ground at the tees to create an “infinite” look through to the Atlantic Ocean whilst playing the approach shot to the green.
Reshaped and lowered the ground in front of the 7th tees to reveal view through to the fairway. Installed new grass walkways at the 1st, 2nd ,3rd , 4th, 6th , 7th , 8th , 9th ,13th ,14th and 15th tee sites, sitting the pathways more natural into the landscape.

Winter 2017 Projects include redesign and rebuild of 18th hole, reroute and rebuild of path from 16th green to 17th fairway, replacing gravel path with new turf path and re-landscaping of area around the greenkeeping compound.

The Cashen Course
2014 Redesign and rebuild of the 2nd hole green site

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club
(Venue for the 1991,1992 and 2010 Irish Opens.)

2016 Carried out a series of redesign proposals on the Killeen Course which included;

  • redesign of the 1st fairway and green surrounds.The positioning of a new stone wall to support the green site ,allowing the creation of additional green area.
  • redesign of the fairway and approach to the 4th green.Positioning a new stone wall along the lake edge.
  • redesign of the 6th hole.
  • redesign of the 10th hole ,creating an Island green.
  • redesign of the 11th fairway and approach to the green, repositioning bunkers.

Spain

Club de Golf Ibiza – Ibiza (Candidate for 1997 Ryder Cup)
Major design input, working with Bill Squires from Golf Project Management.
I was also construction manager of this project, where a huge volume of earthworks were required (in excess of 2,000,000 tons) to build the course over very unsuitable topography.

Real Club de Golf El Prat – Barcelona (Hosted European tour event,the Catalan Open) Reshaping and finishing works on this Dave Thomas designed course.

Club de Golf Montanya – Barcelona
Trained local construction company in the construction of this Paul Thomas designed course.

England

Kirtlington Golf Club – Oxfordshire
Design of 9 and 18 hole courses c/w Target Green Range.

Germany

GolfclubKitzingen – Kitzingen
Design of new 9 hole extension, remodelling areas of old 9 to create new 18 hole layout.

Norway

EgersundGolfklubb – England
Design of 9 Hole Golf course

GrimstadGolfKlubb – Grimstad
Design of new 9 hole course to replace existing course.

HerdlaGolfklubb – Bergen
Design of new 9 Hole course to replace existing course.

KrokholGolfklubb – Oslo. Design of new 9 hole extension, remodelling areas of old 9 to create new 18 hole routing.

KninesdalGoIfklubb – Kvinesdal
(Voted in 2007,in a poll of Norewegiangolfers,Norways most beautiful golf course)
Design of new 9 hole extension, remodelling areas of existing 9 to create new 18 hole routing. Design of 9 hole (par3) course, putting green and target green range.

SirdalGoIfklubb – Sirdal
Design of 9 hole golf course.

StavangerGolfklubb – Stavanger
Norways 3rd oldest golf dub, founded 1956 and arguably most prestigious golf course.
(Has held on numerous occasions, the Norwegian Professional/Amateur Championship) Phased redesign and rebuilding of all 18 green sites. (16 have been completed) Redesign and reshape of holes 1 and 2, designing and installing comprehensive drainage system.