Recalling the Farm-to-fairway Transformation of Campbell’s Scottish Highlands

July 18, 2014
Courtesy Photo  This sign was removed from the farm fields during construction in 1992 and relocated to help decorate the entrance to the Campbell's Scottish Highlands Golf Course, which celebrated 20 years of golf on June 21.

Courtesy Photo This sign was removed from the farm fields during construction in 1992 and relocated to help decorate the entrance to the Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course, which celebrated 20 years of golf on June 21.

Kevin Campbell cooks pulled pork for guests at the recent celebration.

Kevin Campbell cooks pulled pork for guests at the recent celebration.

A display of historical photos shows the Campbell Kev-Ber-Ken Dairy farm (and before), and its transformation into Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course.

A display of historical photos shows the Campbell Kev-Ber-Ken Dairy farm (and before), and its transformation into Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course.

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submitted by Bernie Campbell

Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf Course celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, June 21, with golf specials and “thank you” food and drinks for its patrons and community friends.  The course, located on over 155 acres on Brady Avenue in Salem, opened in June 1994.  Before that time, the property was the former Kev-Ber-Ken dairy farm operated by Bernard W.M. and Marilyn R. Campbell, and before that it was Turner’s Dairy Farm, operated by Marilyn’s parents, Howard and Ruth Turner.

Following approval by the Town of Salem in the fall of 1992, much of the work to convert the rolling farmland was accomplished by family members and friends.  The original civil engineering was completed by MHF Design Consultants of Salem, and George Sargent served as construction manager for completion of the final design features.  The course originally opened with nine holes, but completion of the second nine came shortly thereafter.  Today the course is a full 18 holes, playing to a par 71, with a yardage of 6,250 yards and a slope rating of 70.1/121 (blue tees).

Several years after opening, the Campbell family completed the adjacent “Range at Scottish Highlands” creating a full-service practice facility with both platform and grass tees for a 300+ yard range, as well as a chipping area and putting green.

Saturday’s events included a hole-in-one prize of a 2014 Cadillac ATS on the par 3 third hole, as well as barbecue foods and drinks from mid-day to late afternoon.  For those who signed up to play golf, the greens fees for the day were “rolled back” to the 1994 fees.  Marilyn Campbell, two of her sons, Kevin and Bernard (Ken now lives in Washington state), and grandchildren Dana, Bernie William and Becki (Craig is serving our country in Afghanistan) were on hand to greet people and thank them for their support of the course for these past 20 years.

The course is located at 79 Brady Avenue, Salem, and can be reached at 894-4653, or at www.scottishhighlandsgolf.com.