Scottish Amateur

The Scottish Amateur Golf Championship is a match play competition that was first organised by the Scottish Golf Union back in 1922. It’s a closed event which means it’s only available to male golfers who are either Scottish born or have a Scottish parent. Alternatively, those living in Scotland for the previous five years are also eligible to enter.

Scottish Amateur Championship Trophy

The first contest was played at St Andrews Old Course, with John Wilson overcoming Edward Blackwell at the 19th hole to lift a trophy that had been donated by the Duke of York. Wilson won the Arrol Cup, a prestigious amateur tournament in Ayrshire, six times in total and he would claim a second Scottish Amateur winner’s medal on his home course at Prestwick in 1931.

Known as 'The Monkton Dominie,' Wilson was a schoolteacher who represented Scotland against England on four occasions and he also won both his games in the second series of Walker Cup matches against the United States at the Old Course, St Andrews in 1923.

The first person to win successive championships was Jack McLean from East Kilbride Golf Club. After defeating Ken Greig 5&4 at Dunbar in 1932, he followed this up twelve months later with a 6&5 victory over Ken Forbes on the Balgownie course at Royal Aberdeen. Just for good measure, he made it three in a row at Western Gailes in 1934 – and it could have been four if he’d overcome Hector Thomson in the final a year later.

Hamilton McInally from Irvine Golf Club was the next man to make a big impression on the tournament, winning three times on courses located within ten miles of his home club: Kilmarnock (Barrassie) in 1937; Prestwick in 1939; and Gailes Links in 1947 when he recorded the biggest mar...

Scottish Amateur host courses

Crail (Craighead)

14th Fife - Best in Area 70th Scotland Ranking

It’s a mystery as to why the Craighead course at Crail did not feature in any golf course ranking tables since it came into play in 1999 until we first ranked it in 2008...

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Cruden Bay (Championship)

3rd North East Scotland - Best in Area 11th Scotland Ranking 25th Britain & Ireland Ranking 70th World Ranking

Cruden Bay is an inspirational golf course, regarded by some as quirky and considered by others as a masterpiece. Either way, this is a thrilling place to play golf because the designers used the original lie of the land to fantastic effect.

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Downfield

5th Angus & Dundee - Best in Area 65th Scotland Ranking

On the outskirts of Dundee, lies Downfield Golf Club, a lovely James Braid-designed parkland course little known outside Scotland.

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Dunbar

6th Lothians - Best in Area 39th Scotland Ranking

Dunbar Golf Club is laid out on a narrow strip of land with the best holes hugging the rocky coastline affording resplendent views across the North Sea to Bass Rock, a huge volcanic lump rising up out of the water.

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Glasgow (Gailes Links)

7th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area 43rd Scotland Ranking

Glasgow Gailes Links is a classic golf course. “The turf is something softer – at least in my imagination – than that of the East Coast courses,” wrote Darwin, “and the greens are wonderfully green and velvety.”

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Gullane (No.1)

3rd Lothians - Best in Area 20th Scotland Ranking 60th Britain & Ireland Ranking

Gullane Golf Club is blessed with the most exquisite turf – winter rules are not needed here. If you hit the No.1 course fairways, a perfect lie awaits, even in the depths of winter.

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Scottish Amateur Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Martin Jordan Courses Played 25
= Jim McCann Courses Played 25
= Matthew Reid Courses Played 25
= Gordon Thomson Courses Played 25
5 Stuart Bendoris Courses Played 24
= Robert Mcallan Courses Played 24
7 Gary Courses Played 23
= craig jamieson Courses Played 23
= Jim Robertson Courses Played 23
= Ed Battye Courses Played 23