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The 10th at Hilton Park Golf Club Haggs Castle is the nearest course to the city just a few minutes over the Kingston Bridge on the M8 motorway. To be so close to the busy metropolis, the leafy fairways of Haggs Castle Golf Club could not seem further removed. This was the venue of the Glasgow Clasic later to become the Bell's Open before it moved to Gleneagles - so you can tell it is no slouch off the tees with tree, out-of-bounds and doglegs keeping you alert and hopefully in line.

The other two notable clubs close to town are Pollack Golf Club and Glasgow Golf Club itself. Pollock is a beautiful, parkland course with

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.

The 18th at Cawder Golf Club

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.

Greenoch Golf Club

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