Get a great deal to play golf with your friends
THE Scottish golfing season is perhaps not as long as it is elsewhere in the world, but it more than makes up for that with the vast array of wonderful courses within a couple of hours drive anywhere in the country. We are now midway through summer and are already hearing folk talk about it getting darker earlier in the day, so now is the perfect time for all golf societies and groups to start planning their breaks while the long nights are still here.
Here at Scottish Club Golfer we love to get out and play as many courses as possible and, with some of the best golfing destinations in the world right on your doorstep, why not head out with a few friends and take advantage of some of the great deals and special rates on offer to larger groups? Some of the best deals are given to large groups and even if you’re on a budget, we have not only picked these courses because they are great places to play golf but also because of the amazing value on offer.
Stirling Golf Club is one such place where the combination of a high quality layout and value is not to be missed. With inspiring backdrops of the old town, Stirling Golf Club is one of the most picturesque courses in Scotland. Last year, the club celebrated the 100th anniversary of its full 18-hole course being opened.
Panoramic views surround this parkland course, which continues to provide a stern test thanks to minor alterations that have been carried out over the past few years. Its greens are complemented by lush fairways and it has developed into a golf course that is a pleasure to play and a challenge to both low and high handicappers alike. It should definitely be a contender for your next outing.
One of Fife’s ‘hidden gems’, Thornton is situated in the heart of the ‘Kingdom’, no more than a 30-minute drive from both the Forth and Tay Road Bridges between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes.
A magnificent blend of woodland and parkland, it is a fine test of the better player without being overly difficult for the higher handicapper.
The fifth is unquestionably one of the best holes on the course. It doglegs from left to right and is tightly guarded by trees that will gobble up any stray shot. You don’t want to try and be too cautious with your approach either as there is a bunker 20-yards short of the green waiting to catch you out. Also, watch out for the par-3 ninth. Any shot that comes up short or left of the green will run back down to the bottom of the hill. An enjoyable test to try out with your friends.
If you are in the Fife area, you could also take in the Drumoig Golf Hotel and Golf Course. The hotel offers a place to stay if you’re travelling from a distance, while the 18-hole championship course has many challenging features, including water coming into play on four holes and two greens which lie low in the old quarries requiring tough approaches.
Vale of Leven Golf Club is another place where great fun is to be had with your group of friends.
With views of Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, the club has recently undergone a major renovation with a new extension added to the clubhouse. Improvements to the course are also continuing to be made, with several new greens, tees, and bunkers already having been completed.
Across in Argyll, Cowal Golf Club is a parkland course laid out above the Firth of Clyde. Offering spectacular views across the estuary and only an hour from Glasgow city centre, the James Braid-designed course is definitely one to head along to with your friends.
Founded in 1891, the course skilfully exploits the wide variety of natural and typically Scottish features to produce a thoroughly enjoyable test of golf. The third hole requires you to negotiate a burn which cuts in to the fairway while the fifth is an excellent 191-yard par-3.
A traditional Scottish club in the heart of Burns country, Ballochmyle boasts a fantastic test of golf, from its well-maintained greens to lush tight fairways. Everyone that plays here considers it one of the best they have tackled, offering both great value and a unique challenge. The tricky greens and narrow fairways make for a difficult round of golf, especially on the 11th and 17th holes.
Accuracy from the tee is key and the unforgiving nature of the fairways mean stray shots are often rewarded with a trip into the trees or the tricky rough, making it a real test of skill.
If you’re taking a trip north, then a visit to Inverurie Golf Club should definitely be on the cards. A friendly members’ club, it features a gently undulating opening nine holes followed by a more testing and tight finish. This mature woodland course presents a fair challenge to players of all standards and, although there are no water features, good bunkering and small greens with subtle burrows provide a demanding test of golf. The holes from 14 through to 18 give a very tough finish with many scorecards having been ruined when making your way through the 14th, 15th and 16th holes in particular.