James Braid Association


James Braid

In 1927, Ludlow Golf Club was redesigned by James Braid. Ludlow is therefore pleased to welcome players, from other clubs in the James Braid Association. As a member of the Association, you benefit from playing at the Member’s Visitors rate.

James Braid | Biography

James Braid (6 February 1870 – 27 November 1950) was a Scottish professional golfer and a member of the Great Triumvirate of the sport alongside Harry Vardon and John Henry Taylor. He won The Open Championship five times. He also was a renowned golf course architect.

Braid played golf from an early age, working as a clubmaker before turning professional in 1896. He won The Open Championship in 1901, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910. In addition, Braid won four British PGA Matchplay Championships (1903, 1905, 1907 and 1911), as well as the 1910 French Open title.

In 1912, Braid scaled back his tournament golf, and became a club professional at Walton Heath.He developed a very successful career in golf course design. Among his designs are the King’s Course and the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles, and the 1926 remodelling of The Open Championship venue Carnoustie Golf Links. One year later in 1927, he visited the course at Ludlow and consulted on the remodelling of the course.