The 18th green and beyond
North Hants
View of the short 8th green
The Pulpit, the spectacular 15th hole
The King’s course
Fortrose and Rosemarkie
The 4th hole, the Lighthouse
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Welcome to the James Braid Golfing Society

The James Braid Golfing Society (JBGS) exists to honour the player, the character and the course architect that was James Braid.  In the early years of the 20th century, he was a professional golfer, winner of 5 Opens and 4 Matchplay Championships, a member of the Great Triumvirate, with Harry Vardon and J H Taylor. He was also the first Chairman of the Professional Golfers’ Association.

The JBGS came into being in 1996 to celebrate his memory, as well as to enjoy the fun and fellowship that golf brings. The great Peter Thomson, also a 5 times Open winner, helped to set the ball rolling and presided over our affairs until his recent passing. We seek to uphold good values and traditions, meeting like-minded golfers wherever we can, at clubs which owe much to Braid.

We do so on an informal basis, with enjoyment of golf to the fore. Sometimes we play a friendly match against the host club, other times we enjoy a Society Day. On our visits, we usually leave something for the benefit of Junior golf at that club. It is one way of encouraging young players to enjoy the game of golf and to understand its traditions and values. Members of the JBGS constantly seek the opportunity to visit golf clubs with Braid-influenced courses.

Even while he was winning tournaments, Braid turned his talents to golf course design. He originated classics such as Gleneagles and Royal Musselburgh, as well as scores of ‘village’ gems such as Brora, Neath, and North Hants. Many others he extended from 9 to 18 holes, such as St Enodoc and Hankley Common, or revised existing layouts, such as Fortrose & Rosemarkie and Carnoustie. His designs have stood the test of time well.

Contact details: if you would like to meet members of the Braid Society and enjoy some convivial golf, then do please get in touch at