Blairgowrie (Rosemount) - Perth & Kinross - Scotland

Blairgowrie Golf Club,
Golf Course Road,
Rosemount,
Blairgowrie,
Perthshire,
PH10 6LG,
Scotland


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Blairgowrie Golf Club is charmingly situated at the feet of the Grampian Mountains amongst glorious pine, birch and heather. The club was founded in 1889 when a nine-hole course was laid out close to the Black Loch on land owned by the Marchioness of Lansdowne.

Dr Alister MacKenzie was commissioned to extend the course to 18 holes in 1914, but the Great War delayed the opening until 1927. Then, in the 1930s, James Braid was called in to add a further nine holes and create a new 18-hole layout. Today’s Rosemount is therefore a James Braid design with a sprinkling of Alister MacKenzie. The original nine-hole course remains and it’s a charming 2,327-yard heathland track called the Wee.

The Rosemount is definitely a very pretty and classy inland course, the crisp turf has a moorland feel to it with the fairways pitching and rolling through avenues of trees. Each hole is carved through the trees, which provide a natural amphitheatre for a calm and tranquil round of golf.

From start to finish the holes are good and varied, but the best holes are left until last. The 17th is especially noteworthy, a lovely par three called “Plateau” with a two-tiered green. The pro’s tip is to take plenty of club, to get on the right level and avoid three putts.

The Rosemount is regularly voted in the top fifty Scottish courses and it does deserve its plaudits for it is an excellent course. There is nothing dramatic or significantly difficult about this layout. You can open your shoulders, as the fairways are generously wide. The course is maintained to a very high standard and all this makes for a good, honest and enjoyable golf. Perhaps it’s a course to which you might want to retreat after you have had enough buffetting at the seaside... and the club's second 18-hole course, the Lansdowne, named after the Marchioness, is pretty good too.

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Description: The Rosemount course at Blairgowrie Golf Club is charmingly situated at the feet of the Grampians, amongst the majestic pines, birch and heather. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 15
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Ed Battye

It’s generally a case of slim pickings when it comes to high quality golf away from the sea in Scotland, however, at Blairgowrie the old adage about buses rings true because two come along at once.

The Rosemount and Lansdowne play over the same fantastic heathland terrain and bring a touch of the Surrey sandbelt to the Perthshire countryside. Neither quite matches the very high benchmark of their southern counterparts but there is still much to enjoy on this idyllic 45-hole, 300-acre property adorned with spectacular pine, birch and heather.

This highly regarded golf club was founded in 1889 and also boasts a 9-hole ‘Wee’ course which was part of the original layout. Alister MacKenzie was the original architect of the current Rosemount before James Braid made significant revisions in 1930.

The start and finish on the Rosemount, venue of Greg Normans first European tour victory, is exceptional. The S-shaped opener is a tough start but introduces us nicely to everything that is good about Blairgowrie and whilst the second is not a long hole the wonderful green complex could see you run into all kinds of trouble.

The final four holes must be considered as one of my favourite finishing stretches. The delicate 130-yard 15th plays into a secluded corner of the property, the green is a small undulating target to find and is well defended by sand whilst the 16th opens up a bit more and from the seldom used ‘Martini Tee’ plays 498-yards over a loch and with a fiendish green ranks as the best hole on the course. I even encountered a family of deer crossing the fairway on this glorious part of the estate.

The 17th is a dramatic short hole played over a valley to a two-tiered green whilst the sweeping last is a fitting finish to a wonderful round of golf. After a narrowing drive the fairway plunges down towards a back-to-front sloping green sitting proudly in front of the impressive clubhouse.

The main weakness of the course is undoubtedly the 5th, 6th and 7th. The latter two have been redesigned slightly in recent times (they used to be part of the Lansdowne until the mid-1970s) but they still fail to impress as much as the remainder of the course – ultimately the terrain on this section is poorer with a more parkland feel. The 5th is also a confused affair with scattergun bunkering and even a young tree in the middle of the fairway!

The scoring stretch of the course comes next. Between the 9th and 12th we play two par-fives and a couple of par-fours measuring just over the 300-yard mark. The first of the long holes - “Roon the Ben” - is the best of the quartet with an early dog-leg and a brace of bunkers to really make you think on the tee.

The 13th is a solid two-shotter but just when the course is crying out for a short hole we get another par-five at the 14th! Fortunately we don’t have to wait long for the much needed par-three as it arrives at the aforementioned 15th which is the start of a thrilling finale.

Also, a word if I may for the excellent putting surfaces (re-laid in the 1960s). They had that lovely tight, firmness to them which produced a quick pace and a trueness I wasn’t expecting at this time of year.

The bunkering throughout doesn’t quite catch the eye as some of the real top drawer heathland courses but the strategy of them makes sense nonetheless. Personally they could just do with a bit of life and this would elevate the course even further.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

February 26, 2019
4 / 6
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Charlie

Im giving this club top marks as its how a golf club should be run, relaxed and very friendly staff and people and the course every hole is differant and beautiful with plants wildlife and the holes being a whole mix of differant type holes honestly is so much fun to play and one favorite courses in scotland. The clubhouse is beautiful too and has showers and everything so on hot day perfect.

This is a must play for anyone in area in my view only thing i guess i could say is greens were 8/10 v good but could been faster althou no slow by all means but still giving it top marks plus the club is not stuffy and does a lot for families and juniors so well done to the club and management i say.

May 28, 2018
6 / 6
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Steve Barnett

From the first contact this was a good experience. That continued on the warm greeting in the pro shop and bar. We were a varied group of pro, me, good lady player and good junior. We were very well looked after at every turn. The course itself is lovely, reminiscent of a Surrey heathland or similar. Great variety and some memorable holes with beautiful springy turf. We all agreed that we would travel up just to play this course.

April 28, 2014
5 / 6
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Dan Hare
Finally played last week, and despite frost and the odd patch of snow on the course all full greens were in play by late morning and in good condition, if understandably a little slow. The clubhouse was very nice and the staff and members very friendly. We had a very enjoyable and good value game of golf, but I can't help thinking that the course itself is a little over rated from the yellow tees. A number of the holes were a little samey, and the layout not as interesting as the lower rated Ladybank and Gleneagles Queens. I am sure that it will be an even more pleasant experience once Spring finally arrives, and definitely worth playing, but potential players are not well served by exaggerated expectations.
April 09, 2013
4 / 6
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John
I have never had a good score on this course in about 6 attempts. But I'll keep coming back because it is just that good a course. You'll be hard pressed to find better quality and value for money. Brilliant
April 03, 2012
5 / 6
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ian pratt
booked a days golf on the 2 courses, played the Lansdowne in the morning, after a huge bacon roll in the wondreful clubhouse,and wow what a great course , some great holes and the greens were fantastic, i was now wondering how the Rosemount could be better,but after a great lunch,we headed out , and from the first hole, we were hooked, it really is a superb course,miss the fairways and you really are in trouble, great par 3s, overall a superb course, i would tell anyone thinking of playing Blairgowrie, go for the 1 day package, because we played on a monday and they had a carvery for dinner and i tell you it was the icing on a superb day out golfing on 2 really great courses, cant wait to go back
February 19, 2010
5 / 6
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Jim McCann

The recently upgraded clubhouse facilities at Blairgowrie are second to none, with adjacent paths and grassed areas kept in immaculate condition – nothing fussy or grandiose, just everything kept in its own, understated place. The Rosemount yardage booklet makes mention of the club’s attempt, over the last 100 years, to maintain a “strict standard of quality and tradition” both on and off the course and, believe me, they do that with consummate ease.



Blairgowrie (Rosemount) - photo by Jim McCannThe round gets off to a flier with what my playing partner and I agreed is one of the best opening holes in Scottish golf, a left doglegged par four, played to a beautifully sited raised green guarded by a pair of bunkers to the left. From the third hole onward, it’s evident that most of the bunkers on the course have been reworked in recent times.

Perhaps they’re not all as aesthetically pleasing as the lovely heather backed sand traps on the 2nd (which would not look out of place at either the celebrated Berkshire or Sunningdale courses) but their visual appeal is very easy on the eye, nonetheless.

The routing is far more imaginative that that of its younger sibling next door - who says the old-time course architects didn’t know much about golf design? - but in fairness, the Rosemount is laid out on the best landscape on the property, culminating in a fine golfing flourish on the final four holes.

Starting at the very short 15th (which somehow works for a hole measuring only 130 yards from the back tees – four cavernous bunkers close to the putting surface and a wickedly undulating green proves that short can be difficult) and ending with the slightly right doglegged 18th where the green lies right in front of the magnificent clubhouse (as all home holes should, of course), this stretch of holes around the Black Loch are a very fitting way to conclude a round on one of the very best inland courses in Scotland.

The club seem to market itself more competitively these days with many attractive packages on offer in the golf magazines and on the web. Discerning golfers who fancy a fine golf experience away from the traditional links on the coast would be foolish to miss an opportunity to put their skills to the test at Blairgowrie.

Jim McCann

August 19, 2009
5 / 6
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ian

played this course early summer '07', absolute magnificent course and well worth the green fee's!Very nice clubhouse and surroundings, alongside 3 beautiful courses.Rosemount course has some challenging but delightful holes to play against, par 72.Definetly worth going back to as it's one of Scotlands hidden gems id say so, thank you for the pleasant welcome and many thanks to ground staff!

March 03, 2008
5 / 6
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bob
Nice little parkland course, well manicured and fun to play. Easy to walk. Hit it sideways and you'll shoot a million but hit it decent and you can score. Not quite as good as Downfield but better than Letham Grange.
January 06, 2007
4 / 6
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David
This is a tree lined course with superb greens and is always in excellent condition. The Rosemount has wider fairways than the neighbouring Lansdowne course but both are similar with a mix of tricky par thres, birdiable par 5's and difficult par 4's. I can see what other posters mean by the course being a bit 'samey'. I have played here 4 or 5 times and still cant 'think my round' the courses hole by hole which would make you think they were not memorable. However the beauty of Rosemount is that while each hole may be hard to recall the over all expereince is fantastic and the new club house has brought top level facilities to the after golf experience as well. Very good course(s) that you should play and a welcome change from the links!
January 13, 2006
5 / 6
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