Angus and Tayside architects and contractors go ‘crazy’ for touring golf course

The crazy golf course at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The crazy golf course at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

A touring crazy golf course will be coming to Angus this weekend, and four of the holes have been designed by local architect firms.

The golf sculptures are touring Tayside, Perthshire and Fife this month and will be at Dundee and Angus (D&A) College’s Arbroath campus from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Kerry Smith Architects (KSA) in Montrose, The Voigt Partnership Limited in Arbroath, Brunton Design in Carnoustie and Nicoll Russell Studios in Broughty Ferry designed four of the holes. D&A College also designed and made one of the sculptures.

The course has been organised by Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) and celebrates this year’s Festival of Architecture.

DIA tasked nine architects and designers to design a hole with local contractors building them.

Kerry Smith represents Montrose where it is based with a House of Dun for hole five; Brunton Design designed five buildings in Dundee for number six; Voight created a cityscape of Dundee for hole eight; and for the final hole, number nine, Nicoll Russell Studios recreated the Falkirk Wheel, which the firm designed.

Other sculptures on the course include the Dundee Royal Arch, the city’s Malmaison hotel and Manhattan in New York.

Kerry Smith said: “We chose the House of Dun because of its historic value and Adam design, and to represent an important building in the north of Angus - the DIA area stretches up to the boundary with Aberdeenshire, so we are the DIA’s most northerly practice.

“The base of the golf hole was made free of charge by Maddock Joinery Manufacture of Montrose and the actual House of Dun and the trees were made by KSA’s staff.”

Rodger Brunton, of Bruton Design, said: “Ours is an interpretation of five buildings in the area - The V&A, the sewage treatment ‘drum’ on the way into Dundee, The Caird Hall portico, The University Botanics Centre and the Grianan office building in Dundee.

“Golfers will have to have as much imagination to work out what they are as they do when they putt against the angles. It’s possible to do it in one, but no one has quite yet! It’s the shortest hole on the course and was made in Forfar by Andrew Shepherd Construction.”

Jonathan Reeve, architect at Voigt, said: “The Voigt Partnership were delighted to be involved in the DIA Crazy Golf Course Design, and developed an abstract ‘cityscape’ with the Dundee Waterfront as a backdrop.

“We worked closely with Moir Construction, Arbroath, Keillor Graphics and The Mens Shed, also in Arbroath.

“All the golf holes look fantastic and it has been a really fun way for the public to engage with the Festival of Architecture 2016.“

Willie Watt, partner at Nicoll Russell Studios, said: “Nicoll Russell Studios came up with the idea for the actual Falkirk Wheel and we thought that it would be interesting to feature one of our own award-winning designs in the DIA crazy golf course and indeed create a real challenge to the golfers because the crazy golf wheel moves (just like the real thing). You have to putt into the caissons (where the barges go in the real wheel) to get to the hole, which is easier said than done.

“The construction and design of such a hole was a real challenge too, so the DIA partnered up with the Chartered Institute of Buildings Services Engineers who held a student competition to design and create the actual hole.”