In 1967 Harburn Golf Club grasped the opportunity to purchase the course from the Proprietor, Mr. Jack Storry for the sum of £18,000. By mid summer the transaction was complete financed by an £8,000. grant from the Scottish Education Department and a £10,000 loan from the then Midlothian County Council.
The club was then, as owner, in a position to commence with plans for change. Bobby Smith was appointed head greenkeeper shortly after the land was purchased and under his influence the planned changes and improvements were implemented.
Over the next fifteen years greens and fairways were re – shaped, bunkers were formed, and paths and roads laid. The length of the course was extended to 5921 yards with a par of 70 and a standard scratch of 69.
Harburn became members of the Sports Turf Research Institute and the Scottish Woodlands Association who planted, free of charge, 7 acres of various species of trees.
A major drainage scheme was undertaken, covering every area of the course in need of treatment.
An automatic sprinkler system was installed to irrigate all tees and greens and a practice area was created in a swampy piece of ground to the south of the 18th fairway. The area was drained and an overhead power line re-sited.
The clubhouse underwent major refurbishment and extension in 1993.