|Date 18 holes||1871|
|Course management||Owned and managed by Forfar Golf Club|
|Home Clubs||Forfar Golf Club (1871)|
The Rev Andrew Aedie (Adie) was minister of Forfar from 1798 to 1838 and is reputed to have played golf on area to the north of Forfar. The first tee is said to have been between Carseburn Road and Victoria Street, with the green where the County Buildings now sit north of Market Street.
On 6th September 1871, a group of 26 golfers met to form the Forfar Golf Cub. One of them, James Brodie, persuaded Colonel Dempster of Dunnichen to allow a golf course to be laid out over some fifty acres his land at Cunninghill, 1½ miles to the east of Forfar. Under the direction of Old Tom Morris of St Andrews, an 18-hole course was laid out. This was the very first 18-hole course built ab initio anywhere.
The first competition was held over the course in 1872. To begin with, the Forfar Golf Club rented a room at Lochhead Farm, the grey building just the other side of the road from the third tee.
James Brodie was a graduate of St Andrews university and became the Rector and Maths Tutor at Forfar Academy in 1871. It was his arrival that was the catalyst for the club and he served as Secretary from 1871 until his death in 1899.
In 1889 further land was acquired and a clubhouse was built along with other ‘wonderful improvements.’ These have included the planting of hundreds of trees around the course, which now makes it a challenging, but playable course for all levels.
Ladies were admitted to the Club in 1895.
In 1920, the club purchased the course for £700 and, following this, implemented course improvements that were recommended by James Braid in 1926. This course eliminated the 'crossings' on the course, but is otherwise little changed from the original. The letter with these recommendations is on display in the Clubhouse and can be downloaded from the website. Unusually for a parklands course, it has many blind greens and undulating fairways. One golfer commented that he felt sea-sick after a round.
From time to time the course has hosted national competitions. Its current secretary is Stuart Wilson, winner of the 2004 Amateur Championship and Walker Cup winner.