Club History

The first attempt to establish a golf course in the village of Peterculter took place in 1968, but lack of funds meant that the scheme was abandoned after 18 months.  A further attempt was made in 1980 but, due to planning delays, time ran out and the earmarked land was returned to farming.

The subject was again raised in 1986, but only one letter from an adult matched a petition in support by nearly 200 schoolchildren and, once again, the matter was shelved.  The next turn of events occurred in February 1988 when the 124 acres of land known as Oldtown Farm was generously offered for sale to the village on the condition that planning permission be obtained for the building of a golf course, primarily for the use of local residents.

Through the good offices of the Culter Community Council, a small steering committee was formed, and the necessary permissions for change of land use and development were sought and obtained.

Since no money was available, either to buy or develop the land, a General Public Meeting was held in December 1988 to determine the local level of support.  This support showed promise and further officials were appointed to supplement the steering group.  Meanwhile, the suitability of the terrain was assessed by two keen and competent local golfers who walked the land armed with a few clubs and lots of balls and set their findings down on paper.  The results of this practical survey were translated into professional drawings and plans of a course layout of 18 challenging and interesting holes.

With lots of optimism in place, but little financial substance, efforts were made to have the District Council purchase the land and lease it back to the embryo club. 

This request was not approved but the committee persisted in their efforts and formally inaugurated the Club in March 1989.  Plans were put in place for raising the money on behalf of the 600 people who had shown interest.  Intense lobbying of local politicians eventually brought about a change of heart by the Council and approval was given for the purchase and lease arrangements.  Meanwhile, the enthusiastic efforts at fund raising and selling of sponsorship enabled a contractor to be engaged to start work on the transformation of the farmland and for further expertise to be brought into make greens and tees to the highest standards. A Head Greenkeeper was appointed in July of this year to establish liaison.

With the course set at 3 different levels between the site of Normandykes Roman Camp and the River Dee much earth moving and draining of ground was necessary to produce the level areas needed for greens and fairways. Though some stands of mature trees bordered the course to the west, and heavy bracken in other areas, considerable tree planting was needed to define holes and assist drainage.

With the limited funds available, prudence was necessary to determine priorities as work progressed and a General Meeting in January 1990 decided that plans for a moderate Clubhouse should be shelved in favour of the installation of a watering system.

It was also at this time that the Bank, providing loan facilities, withdrew its support and the committee were obliged to seek aid elsewhere. This put a considerable pressure on the enthusiastic membership but the perseverance of the committee was rewarded when a grant of £20,000, and an interest free loan of £100,000 over 10 years, put the building of a Clubhouse back on the agenda and the month of June 1991 saw its completion, though the opening was delayed until September. The preparation of a car park and completion of approach roads took a lower priority. Much help was given by neighbouring clubs to enable the transition from building to playing to take place and this was achieved by the opening of 9 holes for play in Spring 1991. The appointment of the Club Professional in May of 1992, and the official opening on 16th May, marked the beginning of a new era and, after much historical and dictionary research, the names of the holes were recorded on the pristine scorecards adorned by the Club logo showing the statue of Rob Roy, sword held high, acknowledging that the Parish of St. Peters to the North of the Dee in the ancient settlement of Culter was to be recognised in the Club's name. It had been suggested by a well known local Golf writer that, had the course been set in the U.S.A., it might have been given an Indian name meaning "Little Gem on the banks of a flowing river with a magnificent backdrop of towering trees". The dedicated men and women who worked so hard to bring about this equal opportunity venture would have been pleased by that.

 

The 8th green and Dormy House

The 8th green and Dormy House

The River Dee famous for its fishing offerings

The River Dee famous for its fishing offerings