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“Over the years the Hawkshill course has matured into one of the classic inland courses that Scotland seems to inspire from its natural beauty of landscape.
The addition of the Swailend course gives the opportunity of a totally different experience. The open feature of this course allows the average player a little more freedom, although there are some holes waiting to grab the unsuspecting player, if not in the right place off the tee.” –

Dave Thomas

“The Hawkshill course at Newmachar is destined to become one of the top five inland courses in Britain.” –
Peter Alliss
Frustrated by the pressures on Aberdeen’s public courses and the lengthy waiting lists for membership of private clubs, Charlie Keith, a community policeman working in Aberdeen had a dream – this was to build his own golf course. The first moves were made in 1979 when a meeting was called in the local village hall to establish support for the formation of a local golf club. A steering Committee was formed and within a month a local farmer offered them a farm. Plans were drawn up by the Alliss/Thomas consortium. A planning application was made to Gordon District Council but was turned down, the reason being there was not an “overwhelming need” for a golf course on this site and so the release of the land from food production could not be justified.

Three other potential sites in the area were identified, two of which proved inappropriate. The third was Swailend farm, two miles south of Newmachar village. The owner was approached and he agreed to sell.

The 135 acres comprised of two arable fields of some 8 acres, the rest of the land was rough grazing, heathland and bog with an abundance of fairly thick stands of silver birch and Scots pine. In May 1982 David Thomas walked the site and drew plans to give 18 holes which could run to 6,800 yards. Planning permission was applied for in June 1982 and whilst there were no objections, the observations from the Scottish Wildlife Trust necessitated the imposition of a condition that the areas of wetland be integrated into the design of the course. In February 1983 planning permission was granted with a five year expiry date.

As with all projects of such magnitude funding was foremost in the minds of the future members. Approaches were made to hundreds of companies in the Aberdeen area, but it proved a difficult task and by 1984 the Committee were close to deciding that they would never find the money.

The Club approached the local Council and asked them to purchase the land and lease it back. The Council examined the situation and agreed, thus giving the boost the Club required at the time.
On 1 June 1986 a start was made by a small group of members on clearing trees and defining fairways, it proved to be one of the wettest summers in living memory in the area and much of the initial work was washed out.

Dave Thomas supervised the construction and by the Spring of 1988 some 14 fairways and greens had been seeded. By 1989 nine holes were brought into play and members patiently awaited the completion of the remaining holes. Eventually in July 1990 the full eighteen holes were available for play. Today the boggy areas have become lakes and streams, and the tees attractively bounded by stands of birch and pine.
In all of this the contribution that Dave Thomas has given to the Club cannot be overestimated and it is a measure of the club’s indebtedness that he was invited to officially open both the course and clubhouse.

Newmachar Golf Club has not stood still. It soon became a very busy course, not only with members but also with visitors and for company outings. The course that Peter Alliss had said would one day be regarded as one of the finest inland courses in Scotland had not taken long to establish a must play reputation. Another course was needed to take the strain off Hawkshill and Dave Thomas returned to design the Swailend course which was opened in 1997. This course was constructed on rolling countryside, and approximately 26,000 trees were planted to give added character. The trees are now well established and the course provides an excellent test for all standards of golfer.”
Paul Lawrie Foundation Granite City Classic (Europro Tour Event) - June 2015

Newmachar Golf Club welcomed The EuroPro Tour to the Club in June 2015 for the Paul Lawrie Foundation Granite City Classic. (read more)
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Ian Grimmer, Newmachar Golf Club captain


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