Golf’s shoulder season
As we move into what is widely accepted as the golfing shoulder season, the keen amateur golfer will be looking to squeeze in as much golf as possible before daylight dwindles. Additionally, courses offer more attractive rates as they look to bridge the gap between summer and winter.
Over these “shoulder months” many courses are still in great condition, and there is usually still plenty of favourable weather to take advantage of.
In Scotland, we have certainly seen a shift in weather patterns over the past few years, often experiencing “Indian summers” and milder winters – not that we want to jinx anything this year!
Golf’s shoulder season offers incredible value for your money, providing a great opportunity for golfers to play some fantastic courses at very attractive rates.
Check out some of our top picks in Scotland as you prepare to squeeze in a few more rounds …
Only 20 minutes from Glasgow, Rowallan Castle was designed by Colin Montgomerie. The course is now in its fifth full season of play and is gaining a global reputation as a masterpiece thanks to its fast, undulating greens, cavernous bunkers and mature setting.
Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is at the start of the famous stretch of golf courses on the East Lothian coast. This picturesque parkland course is certainly worth the visit, and lays claim to being the sixth oldest in the world.
East Renfrewshire is a stunning golf course recognised for its outstanding layout, firm true greens, exceptional conditioning and expansive views. In a rolling moorland and tree-lined setting 500 feet above sea level, your round will take in breathtaking views across Glasgow to a backdrop of Ben Lomond and surrounding mountains within the Loch Lomond National Park.
The East Course has been host to major events such as the Solheim Cup, the Scottish PGA and the Scottish Seniors Open to name a few. Nicknamed “The Beast,” this course is a true challenge for even the very best golfers, demanding a combination of raw power and a precise short game to be able to score.
Ranfurly Castle Golf Club is regarded as one of the best moorland courses in Scotland, and in 2014 celebrated its 125th anniversary – making it the oldest golf club in Renfrewshire. The course is conveniently located, being very near to Glasgow, and recently played host to the PGA Assistants’ Match Play Championship, Scottish Girls’ Championship and the Scottish Area Team Championships. Ranfurly Castle Golf Club has a great reputation, backed up by the challenging and rewarding play on the course.