James Braid – The Great Courses
James Braid (6 February 1870 – 27 November 1950) was a Scottish professional golfer and a member of the Great Triumvirate of the sport alongside Harry Vardonand John Henry Taylor. He won The Open Championship five times. He also was a renowned golf course architect. Braid is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Braid was born in Earlsferry, Fife, Scotland, the son of James and Mary (née Harris). He played golf from an early age, working as a clubmaker before turning professional in 1896. Initially his game was hindered by problems with his putting, but he overcame this after switching to an aluminium putter in 1900. He won The Open Championship in 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910. In addition, Braid won four British PGA Matchplay Championships (1903, 1905, 1907 and 1911), as well as the 1910 French Open title. He was also runner-up in The Open Championship in 1897, 1902, 1904, and 1909. His 1906 victory in The Open Championship was the last successful defence of the title by a European until Pádraig Harrington replicated the feat in 2008.
Crowborough Beacon Golf Club members and members of all the clubs in the Association can enjoy preferential green fees at these courses, by booking in advance.
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A reference to Crowborough Beacon is made within “James Braid and his Four Hundred Courses” (see above image) and for those interested in this book, copies are available from either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Situated just inside the M25 (accessible from either Junction 24 or 25), Enfield is a picturesque, parkland course within easy reach of all parts of North London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Its features include tree lined fairways and superb greens; Salmons Brook, which winds its way through the heart of the course and the Moat, which is an ancient English Heritage site at the back of the 17th green.
Designed by former Open Champion, James Braid, the course measures 6,154 yards, par 72 for men and 5351, par 71 for ladies. It is a good test for all levels of Golfer.
The warm welcome that you will receive, along with the superb food from our resident Head Chef, Paul Watts, and the excellent Clubhouse and Bar facilities will ensure that your stay here, whether for a day or many years, will always be enjoyable.
Budock Vean Golf Course was originally planned to be an 18 hole course, and we still have Braid’s initial designs for this. But due to the sale of some of the land in the 1920s, the BV course ended up as a 9 hole/18 tee course, but is often cited as the best 9 hole course in Cornwall.
As an Association of James Braid course, we offer £10 discount for Braid members off our standard round cost of £25.