Golfing in and around Glasgow
Golfing in and around Glasgow
There are over 90 courses within an hour of Glasgow, so if you're looking to practice your swing, you're in the right place.
Length: 6105 yards Par: 70
Cowglen Golf Club can be found in the southside of Glasgow. While the course is on the shorter side, it comes with variation and challenges, as well as some stunning views on the 8th hole. Visit cowglengolfclub.co.uk for more info.
Length: 6426 yards Par: 72
Near Cowglen, on the other side of the beautiful Pollok Country Park, is Haggs Castle Golf Club. Popular with locals, the club hosts many regional and national tournaments, including the Scottish Open. Check out haggscastlegolfclub.com to find out more.
Length: 5861 yards Par: 69
Only a few miles south of the city centre, Cathcart Castle is one of the oldest courses near Glasgow. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and Loch Lomond while you take on their signature 3rd hole, also known as Devil's Elbow. Find out more at cathcartcastle.net.
David Lloyd Rouken Glen
Length: 4,742 yards Par: 65
David Lloyd Rouken Glen Golf Club boasts a well-maintained 18-hole parkland course offering excellent views of the local countryside. Designed by James Braid, it's the ideal course to test your golfing skills. Visit davidlloyd.co.uk to book.
Length: 6,189 yards Par: 70
10 minutes east of the city centre, Sandyhills Golf Club offers some challenging holes for all abilities. The course is well maintained and the clubhouse is perfect for relaxing with stunning views. Find out more at sandyhillsgolfclub.co.uk.
Length: 6,262 yards Par: 70
The Bishopbriggs Golf Club is beautifully landscaped and largely flat. The Bishopbriggs burn runs through the course which gives an extra but enjoyable challenge. Recent upgrades in the last 2 years include 3 new holes being built. Find out more at bishopbriggsgolfclub.com.
Length: 2,703 yards Par: 34
For value for money, try Knightswood Golf Club. West of the city centre, the course is flatter than most and offers 9 holes in open parkland. Visit glasgowlife.org.uk to book in advance.
Topgolf is a brand new venue with 3-storeys and 72 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays. Fun games with food, drink and music make it a night out with a difference. Visit Topgolf's website for more information.
Glasgow Gailes Links
Length: 6,903 yards Par: 71
Just 30 minutes from Glasgow, Ayrshire is full of golf courses characterised by their stunning views and top quality. Glasgow Gailes Links is located just south of Irvine and north of Troon on the Ayrshire Coast. It holds the title of 9th oldest golf club in the world, and Scotland's only final Open qualifying course until 2017. Visit gaileslinks.co.uk to find out more.
Length: 6,700 yards Par: 72
Dundonald Links is located by the sea near Troon. The course combines heritage, tradition and contemporary looks, thanks to its designer Kyle Phillips. Since hosting the 2017 Scottish Open the club has seen significant upgrades, making it a must-play. Check out dundonaldlinks.com to find out more.
Irvine Golf Club
Length: 6,415 yards Par: 71
The Irvine Golf Club was designed by James Braid in 1926, with fast greens demanding accurate shot-making. In fact, 3 Scottish Amateur Champions - Hammy McInally, Jimmy Walker and Jack Cannon - all honed their skills here! Book at theirvinegolfclub.co.uk.
Length: 6,544 yards Par: 71
Less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow, Prestwick Golf Club is the birthplace of the world’s oldest major championship. The quality and variety of holes are a strength, with greens known for being firm and fast. The course is open to visitors, in contrast to members' only Open course Royal Troon. Visit prestwickgc.co.uk for more info.
Length: 7,204 yards Par 72
Trump Turnberry is one to tick off your bucket list. It's the location where Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus fought out their iconic ‘Duel in the Sun’ at the 1977 Open. As well as their world-renowned Ailsa course, the resort consists of 2 other courses to keep you busy. Find out more at turnberry.co.uk.
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
Length: 6507 yards Par: 70
Head along the river from the city centre to find Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort, originally the home of the Earl of Mar. This scenic course is set in a stunning setting, built around 250 oak trees to make a picturesque 18-hole course. Book at marhall.com.
Length: 7,082 yards Par: 71
Over at Loch Lomond, The Carrick at the Cameron House Hotel is a course that weaves through an area of fantastic natural beauty. Keep yourself refreshed by popping into the Halfway house, located in the former ‘Highland Laddie’ riverboat. Visit cameronhouse.co.uk to find out more.
Length: 5,965 yards Par: 68
And finally, for a golfing experience of a lifetime, Gleneagles is a golf course with a fantastic championship history, host to the Ryder Cup in 2014. Open to visitors all year round, it's easily accessible by car or train from Glasgow. Check out the Gleneagles' website for more.
The Lethamhill golf course is currently being redeveloped into a community golf facility. Due to open in 2023, plans include a 52-bay, floodlit, double-decker driving range, 9-hole course, short game area, and adventure golf. A fitness studio, café, movie theatre and paddle tennis courts are also in the works. Watch this space!
Scotland is the home of golf, with over 550 courses across the country. Not to mention the many events that take place each year including The Open Championship, The Scottish Open, Johnnie Walker Championship and more. Check out Visit Scotland's website to find out more about golf in Scotland.
Article last updated: May 2023