Newbattle Golf Club - A Harry Shapland Colt Golf Course
In 1933 the Newbattle Committee had completed negotiations to move to its present site. The Club had leased a 9 hole course from the Marquis of Lothian in 1896, but by the early thirties, circumstances arose which led to Lord Lothian offering a move to the more secluded current 100 acre site with enough space for 18 holes.
At the Club's AGM of April 1933 it was agreed that his Lordship be provided with a plan, prepared by a qualified golf course architect. It was further agreed that the Club should approach Messrs. Colt, Alison and Morrison, to that end.
Newbattle Golf Course was designed by Harry Shapland Colt, one of the foremost course designers during the first half of the 20th century.
During his active life, Colt was able to stamp his design philosophy on an average of six course each year, a phenomenal record of achievement and had an association with some of the world's best courses, including 12 'Royals' and 5 British 'Open' courses. They are the testimony to a craftsman who linked the playing of the game to the sympathetic use of available terrain.
The Colt Association
There is now a 'Colt Association', with his being acknowledged as one of the 'greats' of golf course design.
Other Courses designed outwith Newbattle
Harry Shapland Colt designed and remodelled numerous courses in the UK and around the world you can see and extensive list of these courses below.