Buchanan Castle - Central Scotland - Scotland

Buchanan Castle Golf Club,
Drymen,
Glasgow,
G63 0HY,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1360 660307

  • Mrs J. A. Dawson

  • James Braid

  • Keith Baxter

The Buchanan Castle course is laid out on a forested estate near Drymen, a few miles east of Loch Lomond. The holes lie on the flood plain of the Endrick Water as it meanders from the Kilpatrick Hills into the nearby loch. The Highlands start just north of here in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and the course is constructed on one of the last flat areas in the Scottish Central Belt before the land rises up so dramatically.

The clubhouse was constructed on the site of Buchanan House, home of the Buchanan family which had owned the lands on Loch Lomondside since the 13th century. The Graham Family, the Dukes of Montrose, purchased the estate in the 17th century and have held it ever since. The original house burned down in 1852, but the structure of the current clubhouse includes some of the old walls.

The Montrose family were greatly involved in horseracing – their 1878 Derby winner Sefton, ridden by Harry Constable, is commemorated in the name of the 18th hole – and part of the land on which the golf course is laid out was used as a racetrack and for training gallops in times gone by.

Designed by James Braid in the 1930s, Buchanan Castle features many fairways which are framed by two tall trees at around 200 yards, or where Braid doglegs start to turn at this distance – simple but very effective design features requiring consistent accuracy from the tee.

Six holes of the course were closed during World War II and turned over to agricultural use whilst the castle was used by the British Red Cross as a hospital. After the war, the full 18-hole course was restored and a charity exhibition match was held on 13th September 1947 between Walter Hagen, Dai Rees and Joe Kirkwood to mark the opening of the new course.

Today, the course has a par of 70 and an overall length of 6,131 yards. Nine of the twelve par fours measure less than 400 yards so length is not an issue at Buchanan Castle; instead, the aforementioned Braid design strategies require the golfer to plot their way round this parkland course.

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Description: Buchanan Castle Golf Club features many fairways which are framed by two tall trees at around 200 yards, or where Braid doglegs start to turn at this distance... Rating: 3.5 out of 6 Reviews: 6

It was my first golfing trip to Scotland and the very first course I played on Scottish soil. Combined with the fact that I had picked up golf just a year ago there was a certain feeling of respect that overshadowed the experience a bit. But I remember a well-maintained course, which was very straightforward. No real special features come to my mind when I think back, but nevertheless: For me personally it was a very special experience.
3 / 6
Buchanan Castle
September 20, 2015


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A lovely place to play golf and I must say it was in good condition but the course itself, while not "bad" is just a bit dull. The flat terrain means there is is little or no shape or definition to the holes and it's hard to judge the perspective on things a bit.Enjoyable enough and a nice setting and clubhouse but not a course to get the pulse racing.
3 / 6
Buchanan Castle
August 02, 2013


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Played Buchanan Castle during the summer. The course was in fantastic condition and the greens were pretty quick and true. The setting is ideal for a great day out. Clubhouse facilities are very good and the catering was excellent. I would reccomend it to anybody for a days golf.
5 / 6
Buchanan Castle
November 13, 2010


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Played Buchanan Castle Golf Club last week.I played a couple of years ago -and what a change !Course is flat but challenging and in a great condition. If I thought the course was great what a change in the clubhouse, it has been totally refurbished to a very high standard. Staff gave me a very warm welcome and the catering was great,excellent choice and to a high standard.I would highly recommend it to any golfer.
5 / 6
Buchanan Castle
July 13, 2010


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Worthy but dull is Buchanan Castle. It looks lovely and is very well-maintained but from a golfers' perspective it lacks stimulus. The central problem is the level terrain which means that nearly all the holes have a similar look and feel to them. A perfect course, I am sure, for elderly golfers but not one to seek out.
2 / 6
Buchanan Castle
September 22, 2009


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I played Buchanan Castle in August 2003 and felt pretty uninspired by the place as the holes are laid out on very flat land beside the Endrick Water which flows into nearby Loch Lomond. It is only since this website has featured the course that I realise the history behind Buchanan Castle and appreciate now the value of playing over such a historical 18-hole layout – proving that you should do your research before tackling any new track to enhance the experience of playing there! Having said that, I returned recently to find a large number of the type of golfers I would expect to find here – slightly more mature gentlemen who would not find favour chasing the wee white ball over 18 holes of undulating terrain! If you want your golf safe, sound and solid then this is the place for you. If you want to raise your pulse a little higher than normal then maybe Buchanan Castle will not feature so high up your list of “must play” courses.
3 / 6
Buchanan Castle
October 07, 2006


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