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Stonehaven Golf Club was founded on Friday, April 13 1888,

and the first clubhouse was opened in June 1889. The original

chimney stack still stands by the 7th tee. At that time, the course

had ten holes, reduced to nine a year later, and it was not until

July 7 1897 that the “new” course and clubhouse on the present

site was opened.

For a short time, the professional was George Duncan, who later

won the Open Championship in 1920 and who played three

times in the Ryder Cup team, being winning captain in 1929.

Also to grace the fairways was another (5 times) Open

champion, the legendary James Braid, who played a challenge

match on August 18 1906 against his nephew and twice Open

Championship runner-up Archie Simpson, the professional

at Royal Aberdeen. Afterwards, Braid and Simpson planned

improvements to the course.

A much less welcome visitor called in August 1940, when a

German aircraft fleeing home after a raid, dropped a bomb on the

course only a hundred yards or so from the clubhouse. The crater

it left, known as Hitler’s Bunker, remains clearly visible today and

very much in play between the first and second fairways.