Head north-west out of Glasgow and you’ll find a wonderful mixture of heathland and parkland courses of varying lengths and difficulty dotted all over Dunbartonshire.
The county’s golfing highlight is undoubtedly Loch Lomond – consistently ranked in or around the top ten courses in Scotland and a former Scottish Open venue that boasts champions including Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Tom Lehman, and Graeme McDowell – though it does not offer green fees to visitors.
But a few miles along the A82 you’ll find The Carrick at Cameron House is a perfect alternative, with challenge, variety, and playability all carefully integrated into the design to ensure an enjoyable experience for all abilities.
A bit further down the road, you’ll find the Vale of Leven, a hidden gem offering spectacular views of Loch and Ben Lomond, as well as Dumbarton Rock and the Clyde Estuary.
If you want to be a bit closer to the second city, Hilton Park is home to two delightful tracks that meander through mature parkland, while neighbouring Milngavie is full of charm and personality.
A few miles west is Hayston, a James Braid beauty with a wonderful backstory, and to the east of the city lies Lenzie, with its testing mix of moor and parkland.
And whether you’re visiting Balloch Castle or Geilston Garden, you won’t be short of things to do away from the golf course.