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Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore, Highland.

The club was founded in 1906.

The following is an extract from a report that appeared in the Aberdeen Journal on the 19th August 1909. “The Doune House, Rothiemurchus, was the scene yesterday of the opening of a two days’ bazaar, which had for its object the clearing of a £200 debt of the Rothiemurchus golf course. The situation of the nine-hole course is very picturesque and is two miles from Aviemore. It was opened in 1906 and was originally rough grass fields. The club have spent some £200 in the erection of a clubhouse and it is hoped by the end of the two days an equivalent sum will be raised. There was a large and distinguished gathering at the opening ceremony which included The Macintosh of Macintosh, Moy Hall, convenor of the County of Inverness; the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of London; Mr Grant and the Lady Mary Grant of Rothiemurchus, and many other visitors of distinction.”   

In 1914 the secretary was Walter Dempster, Schoolhouse, Aviemore, and the professional Thomas Sharp. A 9-hole course with a season from April 1st to November 1st.  The course was mainly for visitors during the summer months. Visitors’ fees were 3/6d a week and 12/6d a season. Sunday play was not allowed. The station at Aviemore was 1 mile away. 

From 1922 to the club’s last year in 1949, the secretary was A Paterson, Strathavon, Aviemore. The greenkeeper was R McIntosh. The course record was 35, and visitors’ fees were 1/- a day, 5/- a week, 8/6d a fortnight, 12/6d a month and 21/- a season. Family tickets were also available.

Thanks to Gary Dempster of the Scottish Golf Museum for providing, and allowing me to use, the following images of the Rothiemurchus Club and Course -



Rothiemurchus Golf Cllub, Aviemore. View of the clubhouse.

Pictures of the former clubhouse.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Plan of the early clubhouse.

Plan of the original clubhouse, drawn up by Gary’s great-grandfather Walter Dempster.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Plan of the first course.

First course layout.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Second course layout.

Second course layout.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Handwritten card of the course.

Walter Dempster produced the card of the course.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. The golf course. Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. The Rothiemurchus course.

Views across the course.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Players on the course.

The younger man in the photograph above is Walter Dempster. All the pictures were taken by Walter senior, including the postcards.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Competition medal. Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. 1907 Competiton Medal.

Competition medal won by Walter Dempster.


Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore. Location of the golf course.

The golf course at Aviemore, many features of the old course can still be made out. Grid reference NH89700 10790, co-ordinates 289700 810790.