Carnwath Golf Club
- Par 70
- 5953 Yds
Carnwath is a delightful, mature course, having been founded in 1907 on a piece of land called Gallow Hill which is situated to the west of the village of Carnwath.
The nine-hole course was laid out by the renowned Willie Auchterlonie of St Andrews and opened by Lady Lockhart, the wife of Simon M Lockhart, Honorary President of the club and laird of the estates, in June 1907.
The course was extended to 18 holes in May 1922 and by 1936 was being visited by more than 3,000 golfers annually. With the acquisition of a further 20 acres south of the course, its layout was again redesigned by GM Clark, club champion, and the new course opened in July 1963.
The club crest bears a motif of Carnwath Motte, a defensive ditch built in the 12th Century, still a visible feature of the course, being located behind the 1st green.
Despite the rural setting of the club, it is easily accessible from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, making it a popular venue for visitors. Renowned for their hospitality, the staff and members will make your visit both pleasant and enjoyable.
Then more muscle is required on the penultimate hole, a 455-yard par 4 which has trees and out of bounds up the left and more woodland on the opposite side.
Although the course is less than 6,000 yards in length, three of its four par 3s are in the first four holes, so it is important to be swinging well straight from the word go.
Not least because the 2nd, The Yett, is a 234-yard challenge which is significantly bunkered at the front and with run-offs round the bank. Even off the yellows it is 230 yards.
As the round progresses, several roads and a railway line come into play, putting a premium on accuracy as opposed to length.
Carnwath boasts a tough finish, ensuring that a good score is never given up lightly. The 15th, St Mary’s Aisle, is a short par 4 but it is a dog leg so accuracy and astute course management is required.
The same applies to the 16th, with trees ready to block you out off the tee and a small, narrow green making finding the green a tricky task.
Then more muscle is required on the penultimate hole, a 455-yard par 4 which has trees and out of bounds up the left and more woodland on the opposite side of the fairway.
A stream across the fairway means even longer hitters will be hitting a mid-iron or more into the green, which has hollows and mounds round its edges.
The 18th, Moss Burn, is a terrific closing par 5 with out of bounds again lurking up the left. It is a long, straightforward hole finishing with a green with a false front and step run-off at the back.