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Rutherford Castle Golf Club


From Farm Land....

Rutherford Castle Golf Club opened to play on 1st May 1998.  The course was built by Henry Wallace, who farmed the land for 15 years before deciding to fulfil his dream of having a golf course in his back garden!

After nearly 3 years of construction, Henry finally lived his dream and opened the course on a rainy morning with a fine drive down the 1st fairway.


The History of Rutherford Castle


Moving On....

Sadly, Henry passed away in December 1999. However, his family continued to run the course until a suitable purchaser could be found.  During this time, planning applications continued to be submitted to seek permission to build the clubhouse the course desperately needed.  Eventually, in 2003, Manor Kingdom bought the course and picked up the planning application baton. 

After years of planning meetings, negotiations and discussions, permission to build the clubhouse and 6 luxury homes was granted in May 2007.


Ground Breaking....

November 2007 saw the ground broken with works starting on site for the new clubhouse.  Since then the entry road has been re-routed to allow continued access to the current clubhouse and course, and work goes on everyday to the land and site.  Foundations are laid and an early-estimated completion date for the new clubhouse is October 2008.


The Future....

On Friday 8th August 2008 UK‐based developers Manor Kingdom Estates revealed plans to create the first truly world class, luxurious 5 star hotel and conference facility befitting the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Borders in West Linton.

Set in 18 acres, the traditionally designed Rutherford Castle Hotel will comprise of 150 bedrooms, a deluxe spa and leisure club, relaxing cafés to fine dining, outstanding wine cellar, whisky lounge, a grand ballroom for those special occasions and spacious conference rooms. Involving an investment of £50 million, this traditionally designed hotel is of a calibre fitting with the surrounding magnificent scenery of the Scottish Borders.  


5 star quality hotel operator De Vere, who, in Scotland, already run nearby Barony Castle and 5* Cameron House by Loch Lomond, have signed up to operate Rutherford Castle Hotel.  


The proposals will represent a significant investment for the local economy, with over 300 new jobs created, including the creation of jobs during the construction phase of the hotel, helping Scottish Borders move to the forefront of the domestic and international tourism market. Manor Kingdom are confident this hotel will build on the Scottish Borders strong track record in attracting domestic short stay visitors whilst also increasing the volume of international visitors. Given West Linton’s proximity to Edinburgh it has the potential to act as a key gateway site connecting the Borders to the capital just as De Vere’s Cameron House Hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond, successfully attracts business from Glasgow with a similar high quality offer.