Paul’s victory in the 1999 Open Championship will forever be remembered as he came from ten strokes behind with a magnificent final round of 67 to book his place in the four-hole play-off, where he birdied the final two holes to beat Frenchman Jean Van de Velde and the 1997 Open Champion Justin Leonard.
He returned to Scotland for his next victory, in 2001, at the inaugural Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, holing a 40 foot birdie putt at the last on the Old Course which won that season’s European Tour Shot of the Year. He followed-up that win with victory in the 2002 Celtic Manor Wales Open before a relatively lean spell of eight seasons without another title.
Paul enjoyed something of a renaissance in 2011 & 2012, winning three times to claim a place in the 2012 European Ryder Cup team, and delivered a vital point in the singles against Brandt Snedeker (5&3) as Europe staged a miraculous final-day comeback to retain the famous trophy.
His Ryder Cup story began in 1999 where he made a superb debut at Brookline, hitting the opening tee shot and claiming three and a half points out of a possible 4. In 2016 he will serve as Vice Captain to Darren Clarke, as the contest heads back across the Atlantic to Hazeltine, Minnesota.
Paul’s career in golf began when he worked as an assistant under the late Doug Smart in Banchory. The Golf Club have now re-named the 14th hole in his honour. Having qualified to play on the European Tour via the 1991 Tour School, Paul, today, has 25 years’ experience at the top level of the sport.
Awarded an honorary law doctorate from Robert Gordon’s University in his native Aberdeen and made an Honorary Life Member of the European Tour, he was also awarded OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2013 for Services to Golf. Actively involved in promoting the game at grass roots through the Paul Lawrie Foundation, Paul, and his wife, Marian, who established the Foundation in 2001 have continued to build the charity and to extend it’s reach and influence.
In 2015 he hosted his own European Tour event, the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links. It returns to the European Tour schedule this year (August 4th – 7th) at Archerfield in East Lothian.
Paul & Marian, along with two business partners, took ownership of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre in Ardoe, Aberdeen, in 2012 and have invested in the facilities and staff to create one of the premier golf centres in Scotland.
In May of 2016 they added a second facility at Inchmarlo, near Banchory, to the portfolio.
The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo provides the perfect haven for all standards of golfers; from novice to the elite golfer the centre offers the technology, service and knowledge to take your game to the next level.
The Golf Centre includes a recently constructed and remodelled 9 hole Queen’s Golf Course which boasts an abundance of character, a 22 bay driving range, short game area and putting green as well as a fully stocked PGA professional shop.
Their team includes PGA professionals and retail advisers who will ensure the knowledge and experience you receive will be of the highest standard. Whether you are looking for new clubs or tuition on your game, our team can offer the service that will enhance your golf for years to come.
What are the opening hours?
Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 6.00pm
Last balls are issued one hour before closing
Can I become a member of Inchmarlo?
Yes, they have memberships available for adults, seniors, youth/students and juniors. They also offer a new joint membership for both Inchmarlo and Aberdeen.
For businesses who feel the centre is beneficial for team building, staff rewards, client outings they offer competitive corporate packages which includes golf, advertising and a golf day depending on desired package.
Can I come and visit without being a member?
Yes, you do not have to be a member to visit the centre, should it be to use the driving range, play the course or visit our shop, everyone is welcome.
For more information contact them on 01330827080 (option 3) firstname.lastname@example.org
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