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Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle, Angus. (1913 - 1920s)

Report on the new course in July 1913.


Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle. Report on the new course in July 1913.

Dundee Evening Telegraph Tuesday 22 July 1913. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


The course was formally opened on Saturday 26 July 1913. Following the opening a match was played between Willie Auchterlonie and Andrew Kirkaldy of St Andrews. Amongst the crowd on the first tee was the family of Sir Charles and Lady Cayzer. Sir Charles officiated at the Opening Ceremony and hit the opening shot with a driver presented to him on behalf of the club by Mr W R Macdonald. 


Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle, Angus. Opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony.


Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle, Angus. The Professionals on the course.

The above picture shows Auchterlonie holing out on the sixth green with Kirkaldy on the left and Charles Christie, the Kinpurnie professional, on the right. From the Dundee Courier Monday 28 July 1913 Images © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


It was stated that Newtyle’s great ambition was “to become the playground of Dundee” The opening of the golf course was a very important event in the history of Newtyle. It was a day of ceremony and enjoyment and the course was opened in perfect weather. The locals of Newtyle turned out in great numbers to show their appreciation to Sir Charles Cayzer of Kilpurnie Castle who had been prominent in the formation of the club. The opinion of the professionals was that Newtyle would have a course to match any in the district. 

Course yardages; Hole No 1 – 248 yards; No 2 – 358 yards; No 3 – 267 yards; No 4 – 231 yards; No 5 – 100 yards; No 6 274 yards; No 7 – 306 yards; No 8 – 274 yards; No 9 – 337 yards, total 2,397 yards.


Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle, Angus. The Charles Christie Course layout.

Above is the layout of the Kinpurnie course, designed by Charles Christie.


The secretary in 1914 was Fred Will, Commercial Street and the professional was Charles Christie. A 9 hole course with a membership of 100. The entry fee was 10/-. Subs for gents £1 and ladies 10/-. Visitors’ fees were 6d a round, 1/- a day, 3/- a week and 7/- a month. Sunday play not allowed. The railway station was 10 minutes away.

Mr J Leslie Meigle, 91-10-81, won the scratch and handicap medals at the spring meeting played in April 1914.

The monthly medal was played on Saturday 2nd May 1914; G R Shield, 88-10-78; Wm D Newton, 94-10-84; D W Keay, 96-10-86.  

Result of the May 1914 mid-monthly medal; Wm D Newton, 85-10-75; J I Milne, 94-14-80; G R Shield, 90-10-80; D Sime, 105-24-81.

Leading scores in the monthly medal played on Saturday 6th June 1914; G R Shield, 87-7-80; A Millar jun, 94-12-82; R Sime, 96-12-84; C S Arnton, 99-14-85; W W Bell, 100-14-86.


Kinpurnie Golf Club, Newtyle, Angus. Kinpurnie Course Location

Course location, Kinpurnie Golf Club. The course continues to be shown on the O.S. map in the 1920s.