Scottish Golf Bucket List: Central Scotland

6th Apr, 2021 by The Caddie

Of the 550-plus courses in Scotland, the highest concentration are found not in Fife, Ayrshire, nor even on the East Lothian coast but in and around Glasgow.

The country’s largest city and its surrounding area is home to 94 fantastic places to play. So, if it’s choice you are looking for, you need look no further. Here’s a few to think about ahead of your next outing or golf break:

The Carrick at Loch Lomond

The front 9 meanders through relatively flat, open land at the boundary of the Lowlands before the back 9 climbs onto a higher part of the property, offering spectacular views of the loch and Ben Lomond.

Earl of Mar

A firm but fair test, it features a fantastic variety of holes and enjoys a wonderful location, on the banks of the Firth of Clyde, almost directly beneath the famous Erskine Bridge.

Haggs Castle

Haggs Castle is contained within the picturesque grounds of the Pollok Estate. Back in the 1980s, it hosted a number of European Tour events, including the 1986 Scottish Open.


Contained within more than 150 acres of beautiful rolling parkland at the foot of the Ochil Hills, Alloa Golf Club is home to a tremendous James Braid-designed golf course.


Dr Alister MacKenzie, the co-creator of Augusta National Golf Club, designed the course at Pollok which claims to be “arguably Scotland’s finest city suburban course”.

Cawder (Championship)

Meandering through gently rolling parkland, framed by mature trees, it is a superb test for players of all standards, particularly on the back nine.


A splendid parkland track with large undulating fairways and spectacular views over the River Clyde.


Lanark is the 25th oldest golf club in the world and is home to a true gem of a golf course that enjoys marvellous, unspoilt views over the South Uplands.


Established as one of the finest inland courses in the country, where Ryder Cup hero Jose Maria Olazabal won the British Boys Championship in 1983.

Dunblane (New)

A James Braid design that prides itself on being as beautiful as it is challenging. The par-3 11th is the pick of the bunch, requiring a precise tee shot to a long narrow green well-guarded on all sides.


Laid out at the foot of Stirling Castle with views it affords towards the Lomond and Ochil Hills, the Carse of Stirling and the Trossachs are the perfect complement to what is a superb test of golf.

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