Fraserburgh Golf Club in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has appointed Clayton, DeVries & Pont (CDP) as its consulting architect.
CDP will author long-term plans for the club’s eighteen-hole Corbiehill and nine-hole Rosehill courses. Frank Pont and Sam Cooper will lead the work, with Mike Clayton and Mike DeVries assisting.
“In the past year, we have been appointed as advisors to some of Scotland’s most interesting links courses,” said Pont. “Fraserburgh continues that trend. It sits on some of the most exciting land for golf in the British Isles. We are very excited to be initiating a long-term process to help the club enhance its 27 holes. Over the next decade, our goal is to patiently but convincingly elevate Fraserburgh into the top echelon of Scottish courses.”
Fraserburgh is CDP’s fourth client in Scotland following appointments at Southerness, Monifieth and Spey Bay.
The club was founded in 1777 and is the seventh oldest in the world. Nine holes were first laid out on land around half a mile from its current Philorth Links location, which it moved to in 1891.
The layout was redesigned by James Braid in 1922. In 1976, Alex Swan and Henry Cotton reconfigured the holes so 18 could be played on the same side of the B9033 road which bisected Braid’s layout. In 1994, land was purchased to create five new holes which, along with the four that were created by Swan and Cotton, were used to create the Rosehill layout.
Cooper said: “After touring all of Britain’s links courses in the past three years, I soon concluded that, alongside Machrihanish, Fraserburgh’s landscape was the most breathtaking I visited. The dunes are towering, closer in scale to the west coast of Ireland than the rumpled land typically seen across most of the country. In spite of its beauty, its extraordinary landscape and the welcome of the Brochers, this is a links that is often overlooked. Despite being almost 250 years old, I am delighted that the club and its trustees are firmly looking to the future.”