Forgotten Greens of Scotland
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Royal Craggan.

Royal Craggan Golf Club.  Instituted 1909.  A 9-hole private course on the Duke of Fife's estate at Mar Lodge.  “Membership is strictly confined to members nominated by the Patrons, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Fife, and Mar estate employees and members of the Mar Lodge establishment.  G T Harris, the Duke’s private professional, laid out the course and the holes vary from 115 to 400 yards.  His Grace bears all the cost of upkeep. It adjoins the Duke's own 18 hole course.” (GA1909-10).  Membership 50. 

Major Trophies: Princes Royal’s Challenge Cup, President’s Challenge Cup.

Closed due to lack of support owing to war in 1939. The Princess Royal’s Cup was rescued and presented to BraemarGC where it is competed for annually as the Craggan Cup.


Royal Craggan Golf Course.


Aberdeen Journal November 7th, 1910


Royal Craggan Golf Club



A Successful Season


The Royal Craggan golf club, Mar Lodge, Braemar, which was instituted by the Princess Royal and The Duke Of Fife for the benefits of the tenants and employees on the Mar estate, has had a most successful season. The Princess Royal’s challenge cup was won in the May competition by F. McLaren, and in the October competition by Mr A. Lillywhite. The monthly medals during the season have been won by J. McLaren, C. McIntosh, F. McLaren, R. Fox, and Mrs A. Dowie. Mr W. Macintosh, factor, the President of the club, has presented a handsome silver challenge cup to be competed for annually.

The club’s course of nine holes, which is an excellent sporting one both as regards length and variety of holes, is wholly maintained by the Duke of Fife, and adjoins his grace’s private eighteen-hole course in the midst of lovely scenery on the banks of the river Dee.


Aberdeen Journal November 2nd 1911


The Royal Craggan Golf Club, Mar Lodge, Braemar, of which her Royal Highness the Princess Royal and his Grace the Duke of Fife are patrons, has lately been honoured by Princess Alexandra and Princess Maud becoming Vice Patrons.

The Princess Royal’s Challenge Cup was won in the May competition by Mr Ronald McDonald, the runner up being Mr George Mitchell, and in October by Mr Charles King. The runner up was Mr A. Lillywhite. The winner of the President’s Challenge cup was Mr Robert Lamont, and of the club’s gold and silver medals, Mr T. Clifford and Mr F. Mclaren respectively. Two matches were played with the Braemar golf club, which resulted in a halved match on the Braemar course and a win for the home team on the Mar Lodge course. The club has a membership of about sixty, and is strictly confined to tenants and employees on the Mar Estate and to players nominated by the Patrons and Vice Patrons. The course, which is maintained at the sole expense of the Duke of Fife, and adjoins his Grace’s eighteen hole course, has been in excellent condition, and has been crowded during the season by the members, who greatly appreciate their Patron’s generosity in the matter.

 A match Against the Braemar club at Mar Lodge

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