Best golf courses: Scotland - South

Scotland - South: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Private club
Glasgow
Harrison, Bob

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Australian course architect Bob Harrison.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Carrick, Doug

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Doug Carrick of Canada-based Carrick Design.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

James Braid designed both the Cawder and Keir courses.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Campbeltown
MacMillan, George

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Campbeltown

Designer

Designer of original layout unknown; remodelled after WW2 by George MacMillan (greenkeeper) and local members.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Glasgow
Braid, James

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

James Braid

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Glasgow
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Current layout by Old Thomas Morris of St Andrews (1903), the last 18-hole course he designed. Course updated by James Braid (1924) and Dave Thomas (2005).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

James Braid

Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Weekdays only
Glasgow
Unknown

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Original designer unknown. In 1990s Dave Thomas designed six new holes, replacing six lost to the construction of the neighbouring M77 motorway.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

James Braid designed the current layout in 1924.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Wkends restrictd
Glasgow
Braid, James

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Original 18-hole layout designed by Old Tom Morris (1897). New holes designed and modifications made by James Braid (1927).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Glasgow
Weiskopf, Tom

Visitors?

Private club

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Tom Weiskopf & Jay Morrish

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Campbell, Willie

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Willie Campbell

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Campbeltown
Morris, Old Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Campbeltown

Designer

Old Tom Morris

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Campbeltown
McLay-Kidd, David

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Campbeltown

Designer

David McLay-Kidd

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Glasgow
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Glasgow

Designer

Dave Thomas

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Stranraer
Hunter, Charles

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Stranraer

Designer

Charles Hunter

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Dumfries
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Dumfries

Designer

James Braid

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Edinburgh
Thomas, Dave

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Edinburgh

Designer

Dave Thomas

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Dumfries
Ross, Mackenzie

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Dumfries

Designer

Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (known as Mackenzie Ross).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Stranraer
Braid, James

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Stranraer

Designer

James Braid

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