Dundee, Angus DD2 3QP
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original 18-hole course designed by James Braid (1932). Course significantly restructured by C.K. (Ken) Cotton (1964).
2 miles N of Dundee
From the A90 Dundee ring road (north of Dundee city), take the A923 direction Coupar Angus. After 100 yards at roundabout turn right into Faraday St. After 150 yards turn left into Harrison Rd. After 200 yards turn left into Dalmahoy Drive. After 400 yards entrance to Golf Club is on your left.
Downfield Golf Club: Located in the north-western suburbs of Dundee, and just a short distance from the seaside golf courses of St Andrews and Carnoustie, Downfield is a real gem. Often overlooked by visitors to Scotland’s east coast, this tree-lined, parkland layout deserves a place on every visiting golfer’s itinerary.
The holes at Downfield are attractively laid out over relatively flat terrain. The picturesque woodland scenery is accompanied by plenty of golfing challenge along the way. On most occasions there is sufficient room here to use driver from the tees, but beware the excellent bunkering and small water ditches, which cross some fairways. The excellent greens are large enough to give a reasonable target area for your approach shots.
With top-quality greenkeeping and a wonderful woodland setting, Downfield routinely delivers a thoroughly enjoyable golf outing. Here in the northwest of Dundee, you'll find something very different from the seaside links courses that inevitably dominate golf in this part of Scotland.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire. Caddies available (if pre-booked).
Golf in the village of Downfield was originally played on the nine-nine hole 'Baldovan' course; an old horse-drawn tramcar providing the basic clubhouse facilities. During World War I the course returned to agricultural use, and only in 1932 were moves made to resurrect the golf club.
The resulting course was designed by James Braid, but in 1964 required alteration to make way for local housing. Some of the Braid-designed holes, with their original bunkering are still in play.
In 1999 Downfield was selected as a Final Qualifying venue for the Open Championship held at Carnoustie. Paul Lawrie, one of the qualifiers from Downfield, went on to lift the Claret Jug.
2019 Golf World rating: 71st best course in Scotland.
1 Argyllgait, Dundee DD1 1PZ
+44 (0)1382 725 200Visit website
Surrounded by shops along a main road, this modern hotel is an 8-minute walk from Dundee railway station on the banks of the River Tay, and a 12-minute walk from the RRS Discovery, a 1901 research ship-turned-museum with Antarctic expedition exhibits.
Monifieth; Carnoustie; Letham Grange; St Andrews; Ladybank.
1 West Victoria Dock Road, Dundee DD1 3JP
+44 (0)845 608 3456Visit website
A short walk from Dundee city centre, with stunning views over the Quay as well as the Tay River and Bridge. This stylish contemporary hotel is ideally located within 20 miles of many top quality golf courses, including those of St Andrews and Carnoustie.
Scotscraig; Monifieth; Panmure; Carnoustie (Championship, Burnside and Buddon courses); Ladybank; St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Duke's).
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