The estate in which Meldrum House is laid out can be traced back to the 13th century, when, in 1236, the Barony of Meldrum was granted to Knight Templar Philip de Fedarg by the Abbot of Arbroath.
It was more than 750 years later, in the mid 1990s that three local businessmen – Robert Edwards, Terry and Robert Buchan – acquired the estate and commissioned local course architect Graeme Webster to design an 18-hole course around the focal point of the 9-bedroomed Meldrum House Hotel.
Webster’s Niblick Golf design company have since gone on to construct many new courses in Scotland and abroad – Norway, in particular – and his design philosophy of creating “a finished golf course that fits the land, the eye and of course the budget” holds very true at Meldrum House.
The Knights course is a beautiful parkland layout measuring a tad more than 7,000 yards from the back markers so it's a stern test from the tips. Ponds come into play at ten of the holes so water, intelligently placed bunkers, cunningly positioned mature trees and undulating, USGA-standard greens are the main defenders of par here.
The practice facility extends to 25 acres with a dozen target greens, short game area, latest video analysis equipment and other tuition aids, giving Meldrum House members ample opportunity to improve their game.
The comfortable clubhouse is an intrinsic part of what the club calls an “exclusive golf experience” at Meldrum House and two former Open winners from Aberdeenshire – George Duncan in 1920 and Paul Lawrie in 1999 – have suites named after them.