Dumfries & Galloway

In an area of outstanding natural beauty that’s not really regarded as one of Scotland’s top golfing destinations, there’s still plenty of good golf to be had in this south west corner of the nation.

There are a couple of dozen golf courses spread out between Portpatrick in the west and Powfoot in the east and many of these are old-fashioned 9-hole courses that have been around for an awfully long time. At the other end of the golfing scale, the links at Southerness is a major jewel in the Scottish golfing crown and it consistently appears in national Top 50 ranking lists.

The South of Scotland Golfers’ Association is the governing body for around two-dozen golf clubs in the area and it celebrated its centenary in 2005.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Dumfries & Galloway

Southerness

1st Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Southerness Golf Club is set on the edge of a remote headland on the peaceful Solway coast and is virtually unknown by the golfing masses.

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Stranraer

2nd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Situated on an escarpment beside Loch Ryan, Stranraer Golf Club is laid out on former farmland with many stands of mature trees.

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Powfoot

3rd Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Powfoot Golf Club was founded in 1903 and the majority of the layout weaves its way beside the Solway Firth and across undulating links land with the last four holes taking on a more park-like appearance.

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Portpatrick Dunskey (Dunskey)

4th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Although the ground is rolling moorland and seaside heathland in nature, the Dunskey course at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club also has a very links-like feel to it.

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Cally Palace

5th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Opened in 1994, the golf course at Cally Palace Hotel extends to 6,062 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 71, with tree-lined fairways draped across a gently undulating landscape.

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Dumfries & County

6th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Willie Fernie cleverly planned the Dumfries & County Golf Club layout in two loops of nine with the 9th and 18th holes finishing at the clubhouse.

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Dumfries & Galloway

7th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Golfers beware - adhere to the Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club motto of “straight and true” because the standard scratch score at this testing parkland course is one over the par of 70 for 18 holes.

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Wigtownshire County

8th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Located on the shores of Luce Bay, the links layout at Wigtownshire County Golf Club started out as a 9-holer back in 1894 and it took the best part of a century before an 18-hole course was finally brought into play in 1987.

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Lochmaben

9th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Formed in 1926, Lochmaben Golf Club enlisted James Braid to lay out the original 9-hole course which was expanded to an 18-hole layout in 1995. Thankfully, only two of Braid’s holes were lost during this extension.

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Thornhill Golf Club

10th Dumfries & Galloway - Best in Area

Thornhill is the golf club where professional Andrew Coltart honed his golf game in his formative years and the course is a delightful mix of heathland and parkland holes.

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