Cawder Golf Club is located in Bishopbriggs, a Glasgow suburb four miles from the centre of the city. The long and winding drive to the clubhouse takes you through the middle of both courses for a sneak preview of what is to come. Cawder boasts an impressive 36-hole facility. The Keir and the Cawder offer different propositions but we elected for the latter after a chat with the friendly pro Gordon Stewart. He even forgave us for arriving embarrassingly late.
Prepare for a narrow opening as there is no forgiveness for errant drives in the early part of your round with trees, rough and even a water hazard or two. As the round continues the course opens up a little but be warned the trees are never too far away.
Cawder is known for the ‘Amen Corner of Scotland’ and it certainly did not disappoint. The start of this dramatic stretch is the 15th, a tricky little par-3. The green, although only 154 yards away, looks a small target given the surronding trees, bushes and looming bunker on the front right.