Alyth - Perth & Kinross - Scotland

Alyth Golf Club,
PH11 8HF,

  • +44 (0) 1828 632268

  • Golf Club Website

  • 17 miles NW of Dundee, off the B954

  • Welcome, must book in advance

Alyth, in the Vale of Strathmore, is a little off the main Scottish golfing tracks, but is well worth the deviation away from other more well known courses. Alyth Golf Club was formed over a hundred years ago, in 1894 to be precise. Their original 9-hole layout was designed by no greater an architect than Old Tom Morris and, forty years later, when land became available to extend to a full 18 holes, another golfing great, James Braid, was the man who carried out the work.

Many of the holes are tree lined and beautifully routed over rolling heathland that brings great pleasure with each and every subtle change in elevation as the round progresses. There is also the odd blind shot here and there and a horse shaped green to be putted on at one of the holes. Throw in doglegs, integral fairway bunkers, burns and out of bounds at five of the holes on the course and you will find plenty of interesting challenges at Alyth.

An old fashioned favourite – the short par four – is found at the 255-yard 8th hole, named “Heathery Muir.” It is followed by a demanding trio of holes, starting with the 456-yard, par four 9th, called “Balloch” where trouble, in the form of trees and scrub, lurks either side of the fairway from tee to green. The 436-yard 10th hole, entitled “Kilpurnie” is played to a green that – after a blind tee shot – lies uphill, seemingly a long way away from the landing area! This tough section ends with one of the two par fives on the card, the 504-yard, 11th named “Loyal” where straight shots from tee to green are essential.

The feature hole at Alyth, however, is the 5th called “The Brig”, a 353-yard par four with out of bounds down the right, where there may be no bunkers to penalize errant shots but there is more than enough water to make up for the lack of sand. First of all, there is a lateral ditch across the fairway to catch a topped tee shot and then another trench crosses further along, before the elevated green. If ever a hole invited golfers to plot their way to a par, it is this one!

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Description: Alyth Golf Club, in the Vale of Strathmore, is a little off the main Scottish golfing tracks, but is well worth the deviation away from other more well known courses. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
Jim McCann

As the 18-holes at Alyth lie less than a mile from Glenisla’s golf course, it make sense to play both tracks if you’re in the area - especially if you’ve travelled a couple of hours to get here – and that’s exactly what our fourball did today, playing at Glenisla in the morning then Alyth in the afternoon.

Glenisla’s a really fun course with a great short par four at the Alyth Golf Course - Photo by reviewer4th hole and a terrific closing par four at the 18th but there’s a definite step up in class when moving across the road to take on the old established Alyth course.

The par fourth 5th is easily the best hole on the card, where the slightly doglegged fairway (which is crossed by couple of burns) leads to a raised green that slopes from back right to front left.

The front nine feels a little constricted at times and at one point, there are a couple of greens and two sets of tees all within a short distance of each other in a corner of the property, causing all sorts of potential etiquette problems in terms of who should be putting or driving next. In contrast, the back nine is more expansive, with wide tree-lined avenues playing to handsomely proportioned greens, all of which gives these holes a more mature feel to them.

I’d been advised to play here some time ago by somebody who’s played a lot more Scottish courses than me and I’m really glad now that I acted on his recommendation. Well worth checking out, especially if you can snap up a deal via one of the online tee time websites.

Jim McCann.

August 31, 2014
6 / 10
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Robert Smith
Only ever played here once, on a weeks holiday quite a few years ago now. But it says something about the course when I can still remember a lot of the holes some 15 years later!I booked a day for 8 of us not knowing what was in store. I had never heard of Alyth, I just had a brief description of the course in a book of Scottish golf courses to go on. We drove into the village and couldn't find the place. Stopped an elderly guy who was walking down the road to ask him for directions and his response went along the lines of..."Alyth eh? A little piece of golfing heaven. Turn around, down to the roundabout and turn left. You'll find it".Golfing heaven? He was right. A lovely parkland course that I would dearly love to go back and play at sometime. I can still remember that it was in immaculate condition when we played it that sunny, but breezy day in May all those years ago.First hole, par 4 up over the brow of a hill and down again. The course really gets going around the 5th and I can remember making a really "jammy" par here after ending up behind some trees with my second shot. I hit what was a career best shot from out behind them, drawing the ball onto the raised green and sinking a fairly long putt. My playing partners couldn't believe it!If you are ever in the area, go and play Alyth. Not a name that immediately springs to mind, but I guarantee you will remember it for many, many years to come.
September 27, 2009
8 / 10
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jim docherty
January 24, 2013
If the Old Alyth Course were any longer, it would be among Scotland's 'big league'. As it stands, Alyth is ideal outing for the golfing majority, a delightful yet challenging meander through some of Perthshire's most scenic groves. Established by Old Tom Morris over 100 years ago and extended and remodelled by the late, great James Braid, this is a well-conceived heathland with character at every turn. What Alyth lacks in length, it makes up in cunning, a thinking golfer's course where every swing counts. The emphasis is on precision rather than distance. Both however needed at the course’s most demanding stretch, the 9th, 10th & 11th, two long par 4’s followed by a good par 5. With a tight tee shot in every instance, this is the area to make or break your card. There are one or two idiosyncrasies similar to what you find on any old Scottish course such as a blind tee shot or a concealed green but these are not frequent and only add to the excitement. Another hole worthy of note is the 5th, a short dogleg Par 4 but one that comes supplied with its fair share of drama and possible disaster. With a narrow, twisting burn splitting the fairway the quandary is whether to hit a high fade and cross the ditch or lay up safely and take on the steep ramparts of the raised green. Big hitters will be tempted to have a go and most oft spend unproductive time searching for their ball in the flanking wood.
Jim Robertson
Alyth is a very pleasant parkland course. Most holes are tree-lined and there is a great premium of accurate driving. The condition has been excellent whenever I have played here and there are a couple of fine par 3's. In my personal top 100 Scottish courses.
September 08, 2009
6 / 10
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