Dunbartonshire

The Dumbartonshire Golf Union was formed as far back as 1886 when six local clubs formed an inaugural committee to oversee golfing matters in the region. The number of affiliated clubs now totals 26 and their members play over 26 different courses in an area north of the River Clyde that extends from Helensburgh in the west to Cumbernauld in the east. The district is now commonly known as Dunbartonshire.

Three clubs are fortunate enough to operate two 18-hole courses: Dullatur boats the Carrickstone and Antonine courses whilst Hilton Park members can choose between the Hilton or the Allander layouts. The most famous club in the area is situated on the shores of Loch Lomond, though its sister course, Dundonald, lies 45 miles away in Ayrshire.

Dumbarton’s Charlie Green is one of the greatest amateur golfers that Scotland ever produced. An international player between 1961 and 1979, Charlie won three of the five Scottish Amateur Championship Finals he contested (1970, 1982 and 1983) as well as claiming the Stroke Play title in 1984. His prowess continued when he reached Senior level, winning the national title five times during the 1990s.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Dunbartonshire

Loch Lomond

1st Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Loch Lomond Golf Club is set in more than 600 acres of sheltered seclusion, sandwiched between the mountains and the historic lochside.

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Carrick

2nd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Former owners, the De Vere Group, introduced the Carrick course to its golf facilities at Cameron House back in the summer of 2007, adding the 18-hole course to the existing 9-hole “Wee Demon” layout.

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Cardross

3rd Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Cardross Golf Club enjoys an early growing season and is often in tiptop condition at the beginning of the year before other courses in the area.

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Hilton Park (Hilton)

4th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

The James Braid-designed Hilton course is the big sister course to the Allander at Hilton Park Golf Club and both 18-hole circuits are laid out over rolling moorland to the north west of Glasgow.

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Balmore

5th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Harry Vardon is credited with laying out the course at Balmore Golf Club back in 1907 and his crossover fairway design for the par threes at holes 15 and 16 endures to the present day.

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Hayston

6th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Measuring a modest 6,080 yards from the back tees, the pleasantly undulating parkland course at Hayston Golf Club has been described as the hidden gem of Kirkintilloch.

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Milngavie

7th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Willie and Laurie Auchterlonie pegged out the original course at Milngavie Golf Club and this tasty little moorland track is still a delight to play, more than a century after its formation.

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Windyhill

8th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Windyhill Golf Club’s moorland track is a 1924 James Braid design that overlooks the north west corner of Glasgow and it’s widely acknowledged as a pretty tough test of golf.

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Douglas Park

9th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

The Antonine Wall – built by the Romans around AD 142 – runs through part of Douglas Park Golf Club’s Hillfoot course and the layout has undergone a number of changes since it was first established in 1897.

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Helensburgh

10th Dunbartonshire - Best in Area

Helensburgh Golf Club’s original 9-hole course was set out by Old Tom Morris in 1893 but club professional Tom Turnbull quickly expanded the number of holes to 18 by 1905.

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