Since our beginnings in 1891, when the very first piece of knitwear came off our knitting frames in Lanark, Scotland, Glenmuir has committed itself to creating golfwear with impeccable care, skill and dedication to the craft.
EST 1891 SCOTLAND
Our inspiration, both then and today, is to instil each piece of our expertly crafted golfwear with something of the essence of golf; traditional but forward-thinking, perfectly balanced, elegant and of course, Scottish to the core.
To this day, Glenmuir remains a family-run business dedicated to producing the finest golfwear. We are proud to say that our clothing has been worn by champions at Augusta, winners of the Claret Jug, gladiators of the Ryder Cup and on the world’s leading courses; but we are equally proud to see Glenmuir clothing at local clubs, dressing beginners and professionals alike, of every level and generation, all coming together for the love of the game.
That is the spirit of golf. That is the spirit of Glenmuir.
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 infamous 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.
Over 120 years since Glenmuir’s beginnings, 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 recent Glenmuir brand ambassadors including the likes of Paul Lawrie, Ian Woosnam, Andrew Murray and Duncan Stewart.
2017 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.