St Martin’s Abbey Golf Course, Perth & Kinross. (1880s) 

Another layout that could be possibly attributed to Old Tom Morris. The 17-hole course was laid out in the Deer Park at St Martin’s five miles north west of Perth. It was reported in the Aberdeen Journal of Thursday 22nd November 1883 as follows “Colonel Macdonald Macdonald, with his usual munificence, has, with the help of Tom Morris, just laid out a most interesting and sporting green of seventeen holes in the beautiful Deer Park at St Martin’s Abbey. The green was formally opened on Thursday last” Among the many present was Mr James Balfour, an enthusiastic golfer.

It was reported that a number of interesting matches took place on the course. On the Thursday and Saturday Colonel Macdonald and Mr Home took on Tom Morris and Mr D Maitland-Makgill Crichton, both matches were halved. Captain Dundas played Honeyman, the St Andrews professional.

It was intended to arrange spring and autumn meetings, a cup presented by the Colonel would be competed for. The competitions would be open to members of recognised clubs.

Grid reference for the Deer Park at St Martin’s NO16100,29870, co-ordinates 316100,72987.