|attractive mature trees surrounded by the Whitecart River.
Glasgow Golf Club at Killermont is private with admission only if accompanied by a member.
The other worthy venues in the area seem to be more widely dispersed, calling
for a bit of a drive from the town centre but generally within a half-hour. Hilton Park
offers two good courses designed by James Braid, the HIlton and Allander courses found on
the A809 Glasgow/Bearsden.Drymen road. These are both moorland courses with fine views
south to the city and north towards the Trossachs and Loch Lomond. Not far away is
Buchanan Castle, a wide, flat, parkland with a charming old clubhouse near the delightful
village of Drymen. Milngavie is also nearby, a moorland course set near the commencement
of the walking route, the West Highland Way.
One of the best destinations for a day's outing is Cawder
Golf Club in Bishopbriggs. There are two courses here also, the Cawder and Kier. Play the
Par 70 Cawder first, as it is a little more demanding. For the average club golfer this is
a fair challenge often asking for a reasonable carry off the tee. The Kier course is an
easier amble but deceptive.
To the south of the city is East Renfrewshire Golf Club
amongst others, just fifteen minutes south-west of Glasgow on the M77-A77. This is a
heathland/moorland layout with plenty of sudden inclines and dips though never very hilly.
One course worth seeking out is Lanark Golf Club. Although it is a little further out of
town the M74 motorway can have you there well within half an hour. It enjoys a far-flung
reputation and has over the past twenty years been a regular Open qualifying course.
To the east of the city there are a number of
excellently appointed courses. Crow Wood on the Cumbernauld Road enjoys the scenic
backdrop of the Campsie Fells while Drumpelier and Dullatur are both fine parklands.
If a combination of views and golf becomes your
passion then on the A8 is the heady heights of Gourock Golf Club. The hills of the Cowal
Peninsula across the Clyde Estuary blend to make a panorama that is quite exceptional. The
course is no push over either.
Runfurly Castle Golf Club in Bridge of Weir is
only a few miles south of Gleddoch and a classy heathland layout, probably the best of its
nature in the area and well worth seeking out. Closer to Glasgow International Airport you
will find Elderslie Golf Club, an excellent parkland layout with most holes well seperated
by mature trees. Very near the airport in Renfrew Golf Club, a long tough championship
length course with two or three holes playing along the River Clyde and Cart.