Designed by renowned course architect James Braid, our tree-lined, flat parkland course was formed in 1925 on part of the grounds of the Garnkirk Estate. The land was acquired specifically for the creation of a golf course, along with the beautiful 18th century Mansion House. The Mansion House was sold in 1937 and was rebuilt by the new owner from the foundations up, before it was re-acquired in 1955 and converted to our present clubhouse.
Whilst most of the holes use more or less the original layout, additional ground was acquired in the 1930’s on which the current 6th to 9th holes are built, lengthening the course by some 600 yards to its current length of 6,168 yards.
The course is relatively flat parkland, which both professionals and amateurs find a very fair test of their ability, particularly on some of the longer Par 4’s. Most holes are tree-lined with oak, birch and pine trees and the Garnkirk Burn winds its way through the middle part of the course, making the 6th and 7th holes testing, depending on which way the wind is blowing.
On clear days there are magnificent views of the Campsie Hills, with Ben Lomond in the background. Read a very enlightening hole-by-hole account of the course written by Gerry Gay of the BBC.
The current course record of 62 was achieved by Dean Robertson whilst still an amateur, and a copy of his scorecard is on display in the trophy cabinet.
Remarkably, during the second world war, the course remained open and playable, thanks mainly to the efforts of our stalwart ladies section who took over the management and maintenance of the course. To this day our lady members benefit from their efforts as post-war, to reward their achievement, it was written into our constitution that all ladies be entitled to full membership with equal voting rights.
We have two practice putting greens and a large practice area that allows the full variety of shots to be practiced and where PGA Club Professional, Ian Graham, provides group and individual coaching sessions.
Our course is maintained to the highest standards and it is very much appreciated that everyone who plays the course participates in helping to keep it in the best possible condition by repairing pitch marks, raking bunkers and replacing divots.