Peebles Golf Club was founded in 1892, with a course located at Morning Hill on the south west boundary of the town and opened on 17 October that year by the first club captain Harry Ballantyne. The outline of the original layout can still be seen from the present day course, which offers superb views across most of the town.
The Club moved to its current location – the Kirklands course – sixteen years later in 1908 and was remodelled in 1933-34 by the famous course designer Harry Colt, who was also involved in the architecture of illustrious venues such as Wentworth, Sunningdale, Stoke Poges, Royal Portrush and the Eden Course, St Andrews. Colt’s other ventures include some holes at Hoylake, an Open Championship course, and Pine Valley, Philadelphia. The par-3 seventh hole at Peebles, ‘Colt’s Choice’ pays homage to him.
Peebles Golf Club has produced a number of national champions in its rich history and our famous son is Alex T Kyle, a member of three Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup sides between 1938 and 1951. Kyle’s most famous achievement was winning The Amateur Championship at Hoylake, Royal Liverpool, in 1939 before being granted a civic reception on his return to the town, being carried shoulder-high by fellow members through to the town’s main street in front of hundreds of well wishers.
Local legend TT Sanderson holds the record for the most Club Championship wins to his name with 16 victories spanning an incredible four decades, while other famous names adorning the club honours boards include Paul Gallagher, the 1974 Scottish Boys Stroke Play Champion, JK Wells – one of the Borders’ most successful golfers and winner of the Club Championship five years in a row and Allan Turnbull, a Scotland international alongside European Tour star Stephen Gallacher, who came close to repeating the feat of AT Kyle when he reached the last four of The Amateur Championship at Nairn in 1994. Sharon Gallagher also represented Scotland at Ladies level.
Peebles reputation has been significantly enhanced recently with the success of two the club’s junior members. Ailsa Bain won the Scottish Girls Championship in 2009 before going onto represent Scotland in the Girls' Home Internationals. Three years later in 2012, the club was celebrating further national success with Craig Howie's victory (pictured above with Paul Lawrie) in the Scottish Boys Championship, the country's flagship junior event, capping a unique double achievement for the club.
Craig turned professional in 2018 after a distinguished amateur career where he helped Scotland to success in the 2016 European Amateur Team Championship, and won his first pro title in the Leipziger Open during his maiden season, followed by winning the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit and with it promotion to the Challenge Tour. Younger brother Darren Howie has also represented Scotland and GB&I at Boys level, winning the Scottish Golf Boys Order of Merit title in 2017.
Our juniors were also crowned Scottish Junior Club Champions in 2008, representing Scotland in the Home Internationals Finals in Spain and we look forward to enjoying more success in years to come.
The success of the juniors section has continued with Peebles being a finalist in the prestigious 2013 RBS Junior Club of the Year Awards at the end of our first year of running the national ClubGolf programme. We were then crowned Scotland’s Junior Club of the Year in 2015.
The club has staged a number of national events, playing host to the Scottish Girls Championship in 1996, won by current Ladies European Tour star Vikki Laing from Musselburgh, and most recently the Scottish Boys Area Team Championship in 2010. Peebles will host the Scottish Women’s County Finals in 2019.
We have a proud history and a bright future!