Earl of Mar Estate,
Bishopton, Glasgow PA7 5NW
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Riverside and woodland.
10 miles W of Glasgow.
Follow the M8 west from Glasgow. Go past Glasgow Airport and exit onto the M898 at junction 30, direction Erskine Bridge. After o.5 miles turn off the M898 onto the B815 and follow direction Bishopton. After o.6 miles on the B815 Bishopton road, turn right into Mar Hall.
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort (Earl of Mar course): There was a time when golfing around Glasgow was synonymous with a trip to the Ayrshire coast to sample the seaside courses of Irvine, Prestwick and Troon. In recent times the emergence of several excellent inland courses has brought top-quality golf closer to the city, notably with the likes of Loch Lomond and The Carrick. Now even a trip over the Erskine Bridge is unnecessary with the opening of the well-laid out and very scenic Earl of Mar course at Mar Hall.
This attractive Stay & Play venue, also open to visiting green fee payers, is located directly along the banks of the River Clyde, with towering Erskine Bridge at one end of the course, and the beautiful Kilpatrick Hills in constant view across the river. Designed by the much respected architect, Dave Thomas, this attractive and challenging course stretches out along the Clyde to the east and west of stately Mar Hall. Each of the two nine-hole loops provides three riverside holes, with the remainder arranged on the gentle slopes that lead up from the Clyde. Already, the Earl of Mar gives the impression of a well-established course shaped around a scattering of 250 year old chestnut and beech trees. Most of the time the layout exudes an open, linksy character, where strategically placed bunkers threaten throughout your round. The opening quartet of holes provides arguably the toughest stretch, while the green of the short par-4 14th and 15th tee offer a fabulous view down the Clyde, although not quite out to sea.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Mar Hall - formerly Erskine mansion - was designed in the 19th century by Sir Robert Smirke who had previously worked on the British Museum in London. Smirke was commissioned by Major General Robert Walter Stuart, the 11th Lord Blantyre, whose family had purchased the grounds and estate some one hundred years previously. Construction was not completed until 1845, fifteen years after Lord Blantyre's death. The house fell into disrepair during the 20th century and it was only in 2004, following a £15million restoration, that it was returned to its former glory. | Next door to Mar Hall is Erskine Golf Club, a 100+ year old private golf club that also welcomes vistors.
2019 Golf World rating: 54th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland.
Earl of Mar Estate, Bishopton, nr Glasgow PA7 5NW
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Mar Hall is a luxury 5-star golf & spa resort located within a tranquil 240 acre woodland estate on the banks of the River Clyde, just outside Glasgow. It combines 53 individual bedrooms, a championship golf course, Aveda Destination Spa, as well as extensive dining, wedding, conference and banqueting facilities. The centrepiece of Mar Hall is a baronial mansion that was completed in the 1840s, which retains many original features. Overlooking the River Clyde, this grand private residence enjoys views towards the Kilpatrick Hills. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
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