Paul Lawrie Design hired to redesign Whitekirk course


Paul Lawrie Design hired to redesign Whitekirk course
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Paul Lawrie Design has been hired to redesign the course at Whitekirk Golf and Country Club in East Lothian, Scotland.

Lawrie will work alongside Graeme Webster of Team Niblick to finalise plans for the former host course of the PGA MasterCard Tour between 1998 and 2001, and the PGA Europro Tour between 2002 and 2006. Work is expected to start later in the year.

“Whitekirk, which has recently been acquired by Whitekirk Consortium Ltd and is managed by Prestige Hotel Management, is embarking on an exciting journey that will transform it into one of the leading golf destinations in East Lothian, Scotland, and the United Kingdom,” said David Brodie, general manager at Whitekirk. “The first phase is to redesign the golf course and with Paul Lawrie’s vision along with Graeme Webster of Team Niblick’s combined, vast experience, the perfect partnership is in place to achieve that vision.”

Team Niblick, a golf course design and build firm based in Aberdeenshire, has been involved in numerous course projects across Scotland, including projects at Meldrum House, Inchmarlo and the Aspire Golf Centre in Deeside, which is now the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.

“I have been fortunate enough in my career to visit and play the best courses all over the world,” said Lawrie. “Through these experiences I have gained a vast knowledge of what golfers want in a championship course. I am confident that together with Graeme Webster, we will shape and mould Whitekirk into a leading course that golfers worldwide will want to play.”

Graeme Webster added: “As an Open Champion and Ryder Cup player Paul has gained valuable experience from playing the best courses around the world and it is my role to work with Paul to take those experiences and use them to develop Whitekirk into a challenging course that golfers will be excited to play over and over.”