Glasgow has some great courses within the city itself but also has some great courses in the immediate countryside around Glasgow. The photograph above of Hilton Park Golf Course is taken a mere seven miles from Glasgow City Centre !
Within the city itself you will find Cathcart Castle Golf Course, an 18-hole undulating parkland course which offers a challenge to all levels of golfers. It is surrounded by picturesque and panoramic views of the City of Glasgow. This is a James Braid designed course that was founded in 1895. The South Side of Glasgow is also home to Haggs Castle Golf Club which was formed in 1910 and is set in the mature parkland of Pollok Country Park, Glasgow's largest park. The course was a European Tour venue in the 1980s and has also hosted the Scottish PGA Championship. At 6,426 yards, par 72 the course offers a good test of ability for golfers at all levels. It offers excellent catering and a Professional Shop as well. It hosted the Scottish Open when it was revived in 1986. Visitors can play during the week at Haggs Castle. Pollok Golf Course, founded in 1892 is another very scenic golf club set in the countryside setting of Pollok Country Park (where you will find Pollok House (photographed above) and the Burrell Collection). The photograph below shows a view of Pollok golf course taken from Pollok House, looking across the White Cart River.
Although Pollok Golf Club is a private men’s club, the Club state that visitors, both ladies and gentlemen, whether individuals, groups or parties, will be made most welcome by the club providing that suitable arrangements are made in advance - the club's website can be accessed by clicking here. It is a parkland course of 6,418 yards, with a par of 71. Between 1922 and 1924 Dr Alister MacKenzie (the famous golf course architect who was involved in the design of August and Cypress Point in America), redesigned the layout of Pollok making it a particularly famous course world-wide and a member of the Alister MacKenzie Society (AMS).
The City of Glasgow itself runs six golf courses, for example Linn Park municipal course in south Glasgow. It is not the most difficult course, but reasonably well maintained and is only £8.25 for a round on a Saturday,
And if you travel out of the city centre to the surrounding area you will find some great courses like Hilton Park and Milngavie Golf Clubs just outside Milngavie. The photograph above shows Milngavie Clubhouse. And further afield again you get small country courses such as the one at Balfron, Strathendrick or Aberfoyle.
If you are looking for driving ranges in Glasgow, there is a
particularly large one at World of Golf at 2700 Great
Western Road. There is also a well stocked Pro shop and a
cafe there. There is also a driving range at the Mearns
Castle Golf Academy. Tuition is also offered and there is a
short game practise area as well as a scenic 9 hole golf
course which is one of the most challenging in the area. It
is open to the general public 7 days a week, and is ideal
for all levels of golfers. It operates on a membership or
pay as you play system, with prices for one round being £9
for an adult and £10 for a junior/senior.
And...if you have young children who enjoy crazy golf or putting then why not head to XScape at Braehead where there is an excellent crazy golf called Paradise Island Adventure Golf !