Club History

Club History

Buckpool Golf Club was founded in 1933, with the course created on land from three adjoining farms, initiated by the Town Council as part of a National scheme to relieve severe unemployment caused by the depression in the Herring Fishing industry. The course was designed by John Henry Taylor.

J H Taylor was one of the fabled ‘Great Triumvirate’ of world golf at the time along with Harry Vardon and James Braid. J H won the British Open five times between 1894 and 1913. His accuracy was legendary. At Sandwich, where he won his first Open by five strokes, he would have the directional posts removed from the blind holes out of fear that his drives would hit them and deflect into bunkers!

The order of some Buckpool’s holes has changed over the years along with some cosmetic alterations but the course has retained the integrity of J H Taylor’s original design.

During the early sixties the Town Council, which had maintained both Buckpool and Buckie’s other course, Strathlene, decided to close Buckpool for economic reasons. Thankfully a group of enthusiasts had the foresight to form a private Club and leased the course from the council. The members bought the course outright in 1999 and the club has since gone from strength to strength, rightly earning its reputation as one of the real ‘hidden gems’ on the Scottish golfing map. The greens are second to none, with the course in general offering a fair and rewarding test of golf. There are also outstanding views of the Moray Firth to be had during the course of your round.

John Henry Taylor would be proud of his course.