Glenbervie Golf Club is a relatively new club by British standards, but we've fitted a lot into our mere 80+ year history. From being designed by the famous James Braid to having John Panton, one of the UK's most successful golfers as our Golf Professional for almost 40 years, to presenting Jose-Maria Olazabal with his first UK Tournament win, some of the biggest names in golf have graced our greens.
As a testimony to the quality of our course, many major Tournaments have been played at Glenbervie during our history incluidng The Boys Amateur Championship, The Scottish Professional Championship, The Scottish Youths Amateur Stroke Play Championship and the SGU Club Championships.
JAMES BRAID - OUR COURSE ARCHITECT
Beginning his career on the links at Elie, James Braid was a successful golfer from a young age, winning his first tournament when he was just 8 years old. He went on to be the first golfer to win The Open Championship five times. His legacy, however, is as a very talented golf course designer. Among his designs are the 'King's Course' and the 'Queen's Course' at Gleneagles, and our very own Glenbervie Golf Course.
Braid's methodology was so successful that he effectively changed how golf courses were designed across the world. Carefully studying topographical maps and planning meticulously, Braid actually altered the terrain to create new and radical designs based around shot strategies. He believed that every hole should be challenging enough to force the player to question the kind of approach that should be made.
The tranquil natural beauty of Glenbervie Golf course offers an incredible setting for one of Braid's most challenging, ingenious designs. His connection with our course is a mark of quality for us, and is consistent with the high standards we uphold in every area of our club. Glenbervie is also a member of "The Association Of James Braid Courses" which enables our club members to receive preferential green fees at other association courses. See the "Special Offers" page of this website for more details on this Glenbervie members benefit.
JOHN PANTON (MBE) – GOLF PROFESSIONAL AND GENTLEMAN
Glenbervie Golf Club had the pleasure of welcoming John Panton as our golf professional for almost 40 years. Winner of the PGA Match Play Championship, the Silver King Tournament, the Daks Tournament and many more, he also represented Britain in the Ryder cup three times, and Scotland thirteen times in the World Cup. To cap a remarkable career, in 1967 he defeated Sam Snead to become World Seniors Champion.
Panton was only the fourth golfer to be granted the prestigious post of honorary professional to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1988, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. He was also made an honorary life member of the European Tour. After his sad passing in 2009, his legacy lives on through his incredibly talented daughter, Catherine Panton-Lewis, a professional golfer and a founding member of the Ladies' European Tour.
Photos and mementos of this great Scottish golfer are displayed throughout Glenbervie Clubhouse, particularly in the 'Panton Lounge' where our members relax after a round on our beautiful course.
OUR STORY CONTINUES TODAY...
In 2013, Glenbervie was selected to be a "Scottish Golf Development Centre", designed to help aspiring young golfers reach their full potential by offering high quality, professional coaching. Glenbervie's excellent practice facilities, including our 9 hole John Panton 'Academy Course', provide a first class learning environment to grow the 'new breed' of golfers in Scotland, and we are very proud to achieve this recent accolade.