History of Muckhart Golf Club
The Club was founded in the early 1900s when the local Minister, the Rev. J Edgar Cairns, appreciated how limited the sporting facilities were in the community. With the assistance of local benefactor, Miss Christie, who provided fifty-five acres of land, the original nine holes were created by J B Wyles of Dollar. The course was opened by Miss Christie on the 28th May 1908, by driving a ball down the first fairway.
Membership, back in 1908, was One Pound per family per annum. Miss Christie donated the first trophy, a Rose Bowl called the Christie Cup, which was first presented in 1908 to a Miss Annie Lawrie.
During World War II the course fell into disrepair, as there was a desperate shortage of grazing land available. All the greens, fairways and tees disappeared being set aside for rough grazing for sheep. It was a Mr Jack Turner, who having been “demobbed” took on the task of restoration. With the help of pre-war players the course was rediscovered and slowly renovated.
In the late 1960s the committee applied itself to extending the course to eighteen holes, by leasing land from the then Lord Lieutenant of the County, Colonel R C Stewart of Arndean. With a considerable amount of work taken on by the members, a further nine holes were opened on 31st August 1970. It was not long after attaining eighteen hole status that Muckhart Golf Club emerged as one of the fairest tests of golf in the Perth & Kinross area, and soon demands were put upon it to host prestigious County events.
In 1992, land adjoining the Golf Course became available for purchase, and the committee realised a potential for further expansion. These nine holes were officially opened on the 25th July 1998, and completed the magnificent 27 hole heathland golf course that we know as Muckhart Golf Club.
In 2008, to celebrate the centenary of the club, long-time member and club stalwart, Jack Wallace, undertook the enormous task of compiling the club’s history in one place. The result is a remarkable book titled “100 Years of Golf at Muckhart” that features details and anecdotes from our first 100 years. If you would like to purchase a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org