Our journey since 1891
At Glenmuir, we put our heart into everything we do. Our heart is in the Scottish landscape, on the links, out on the fairway, and in our golf clothing. Each piece is conceived, created and crafted with passion, enthusiasm and the utmost care. We’re a proud family run business, with a valued, close-knit team who live and breathe golf.
THE WORLD'S MOST LOVED GOLF CLOTHING
Many things may have changed since our beginnings in 1891, but our purpose was, is and always will be to craft the world’s most loved golf clothing.
In 1891, local businessman Andrew MacDougall established a knitwear factory in the small village of Kirkfieldbank, near Lanark, in the beautiful surroundings of the Clyde Valley in Scotland. Legend has it that Mr. MacDougall’s first work force initially consisted of five women, all called Mary. Mr. MacDougall was the inventor of a new power-driven machine that greatly simplified the design and manufacture of fancy golf hose.
MacDougall cared a great deal for his work force, offering treatment when they were ill and making sure they knew they were valuable to the business. This can be seen in a letter Mr. MacDougall writes to employee Tom Russell.
TURN OF THE CENTURY
Before the turn of the century the company moved to a new factory on Delves Road in Lanark, which remains its headquarters to this day, and soon the premises were extended to accommodate the growing business. From its beginnings as a hosiery and knitwear factory, the company’s Lanark site has developed over the years to provide a highly efficient club, corporate, and event embroidery programme, which has been hallmark of Glenmuir’s success. Marketing and design, customer service and administration and, crucially, graphics and embroidery are all controlled under one roof, to maintain standards of quality and service. The souvenir programme, published to mark the opening of the extension, records Andrew MacDougall’s commitment to the future success of the business. “ ’Tis not in mortals to command success, but we’ll do more - we’ll deserve it.”
THE 1970's - 80's
The Glenmuir brand was created with the specific aim of offering club embroidered sweaters to golfers, through their golf professional shop. These green grass customers remain the core of the company’s business. To develop its relationship with Professional golfers, Glenmuir developed close links with the Professional Golfers’ Association, and through its title sponsorship of the Glenmuir Club Professional Championships remains the PGA’s longest standing tournament sponsor. As part of the company’s international expansion, Glenmuir became a corporate sponsor of the PGAs of Europe, and supported many national golfing bodies in Europe and beyond.
During the 1980s, the Glenmuir brand had the privilege to be endorsed and worn by a multitude of sporting icons, many of whom became longstanding ambassadors of the prestigious Scottish brand.
1987 - EUROPE WIN WEARING GLENMUIR ON AMERICAN SOIL
Glenmuir has had the privilege to supply the shirts and knitwear to successive European Ryder Cup Teams since Europe’s famous first victory on American soil in 1987 at Muirfield Village right up to and including the victorious 2014 European Team at Gleneagles. The company has been able to dress the giants of the sport in Glenmuir shirts and knitwear, meeting the demanding performance standards required to play in the intensity of one of the world’s greatest sporting events.
KNITTING THE RYDER CUP TEAM TOGETHER
Glenmuir’s design department in Lanark have hand-picked and designed Europe’s teamwear in conjunction with Captains the calibre of Tony Jacklin, Bernard Gallacher, Seve Ballesteros, Sam Torrance, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, José María Olazábal and Paul McGinley. It is Glenmuir’s pride and honour to consistently be the champions’ choice for superior golfwear.
Since Glenmuir’s beginnings in 1891, the brand continues to develop its world-renowned reputation as one of the leading golf brands in the industry. This is cemented by the multitude of current Glenmuir brand ambassadors which include:
- Ian Woosnam (2 time PGA Tour winner including US Masters Champion, 29 European Tour Winner, 8 Ryder Cups, 1 Ryder Cup Captaincy)
- Stephen Gallacher (1 Ryder Cup, 4 time European Tour Winner: Indian Open, Dubai Dessert Classic x 2, Dunhill Links)
- Aaron Rai (2 time European Tour Winner: Scottish Open, Hong Kong Open)
- Marcus Fraser (3 time European Tour Winner, 2 time Asian Tour Winner, 1 time PGA Tour Australasia)
- Andrew Murray (European Tour Open Winner, 5 Professional Wins)
- Ashley Chesters (European Tour)
- David Higgins (7 time Winner, PGA Tour of Ireland)
- Bradley Neil (European Tour, Amateur Champion)
- Felicity Johnson (2 time Ladies European Tour Winner)
- Carmen Alonso (1 time Ladies European Tour Winner)
- Jeremy Freiburghaus (Challenge Tour)
- Steve Robins (PGA Euro Pro Tour)
- Nick Marsh (PGA Euro Pro Tour, Amateur Champion)
- Joe Bannan (PGA Euro Pro Tour)
- Clare Balding OBE (Sports Personality)
- Jenni Falconer (TV and Radio Presenter)
- Shane Warne (Sports Personality Cricket Legend)
- Max Evans (Sports Personality Scotland National Rugby Player)
- Bella Angel (Youtube and Instagram Influencer)
OUR CRAFT & INFLUENCE
The Glenmuir brand is proud to be retailed in luxury golf resorts across the world. This association with some of the world’s leading golf courses is a testament to the prestige of the Glenmuir brand, with these resorts possessing a rich history, heritage and identify not unlike Glenmuir. We are equally proud to see Glenmuir clothing at a number of leading and local UK and European golf courses. The Glenmuir brand continues to meet the demands of the modern game, catering for varying geographical tastes in golf clothing and the need for playing the game in various climates.
2022 AND BEYOND
Glenmuir is a clothing brand that has been at the heart of the game of golf ever since its beginnings in 1891. Whilst Glenmuir’s passion is inspired by its rich legacy and heritage of creating the finest Scottish golfwear with impeccable care, skill and dedication to the craft the brand continues to develop, innovate and embrace contemporary trends.