Lived:[1870-1950]. Born on Feb 6, 1870 in Earlsferry, Fife. Died on Nov 27, 1950 in Kensington, London aged 80.
Original/Home Club:Earlsferry, Fife, Scotland.
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course designer.
MAJORS (5). Multiple professional tournament wins. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1976).
James Braid designs can be found the length and breadth of the UK. Some of his best known work includes:
SCOTLAND: Ballater (1892) / Blairgowrie GC (Rosemount course, 1889) / Boat of Garten (1898) / Brora (1891) / Carnoustie (Championship course remodelling, 1926) / Dalmahoy (East course, 1922) / Downfield (1932) / Gleneagles (King's course, 1919) (Queen's course, 1917) / Irvine, Bogside (1887) / Lundin (1868) / Nairn (improvements, 1920) / Powfoot (1903) / Royal Aberdeen (improvements, 1925) / Scotscraig (redesign, 1923) / West Kilbride (redesign, 1905).
ENGLAND & WALES: Aberdovey (with Herbert Fowler & Swan, 1892) / Berkhamsted (with Harry Colt, 1890) / Ganton (with Dunn, Vardon & Colt, 1891) / Hankley Common (1897) / Hunstanton (with George Fernie, 1891) / La Moye (1935) / Purdis Heath, Ipswich (1928) / Langland Bay (1901) / North Hants (1904) / Nefyn & District (with J.H.Taylor, 1920) / Parkstone (remodelling, 1937) / Pennard (1896) / Perrenporth (1927) / Sherwood Forest (redesign, 1925) / Southport & Ainsdale (1922) / St Enodoc (Church course, 1890) / Tenby (1888) / Thorpeness (1922) / Wrexham (1906).
James Braid was a five-time winner of the Open Championship (1901, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1910). He was a member of what became known as the "Great Triumverate," along with J.H. Taylor and Harry Vardon. Together, these three legends of the game laid claim to 16 out of the 21 Open Championships that were played between 1894 and 1914. In the years when they did not win, at least one of them was runner-up.
From 1912 Braid reduced his play in tournaments and became the professional at Walton Heath Golf Club, just south of London. He concentrated on writing about the game and on his work as a prolific golf course designer. It was once said of him that "nobody could be as wise as James Braid looks".
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 2-5). Braid (Scot) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. Braid was the club professional at Walton Heath at the time. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
The Open Championship (50th) (June 22-24). Second-placed Alex "Sandy" Herd (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Braid (Scot). This was the last of Braid's five Open Championship wins. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Arnaud Massy (Fra) finished 2 shots behind Braid (Scot). [Vallée course, Racing Club de France (RCF), La Boulie GC, Versailles, nr Paris].
The Open Championship (48th) (June 18/19). Second-placed Tom Ball (Eng) finished 8 shots behind Braid (Scot). This was the fourth of Braid's five Open Championship wins. [Prestwick GC, Ayrshire, Scotland].
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 15-17). Braid (Scot) beat J.H. Taylor (Eng) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
The Open Championship (46th) (June 13-15). Second-placed J.H. Taylor (Eng) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Braid (Scot). This was the third of Braid's five Open Championship wins. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
The Open Championship (45th) (June 7-9). Second-placed Rowland Jones (Eng) and J.H. Taylor (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Braid (Scot). This was the second of Braid's five Open Championship wins. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Oct 3-5). Braid (Scot) beat Tom Vardon (Jersey) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Braid was the club professional at Walton Heath at the time. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
The inaugural Professional Golfers' Association "News of the World" Golf Tournament (Oct 13-15). Braid (Scot) beat Ted Ray (Jersey) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
The Open Championship (41st) (June 5/6). Second-placed Harry Vardon (Jersey) finished 4 shots behind Braid (Scot). This was the first of Braid's five Open Championship wins. [Muirfield - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, East Lothian].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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