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Rothiemurchus Golf Club, Aviemore, Highland.

Founded in 1906.

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




Pictures of the former clubhouse.


Clubhouse plan.

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


First course layout.


Course layout

Second course layout.


Handwritten card of the course

Walter Dempster produced the card of the course.


Rothiemurchus course Rothiemurchus course

Views across the course.


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.


Competition medal Competiton medal

Competition medal won by Walter Dempster.


Rothiemurchus golf course map

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