Drumpellier - Lanarkshire - Scotland

Drumpellier Golf Club,
Drumpellier Avenue,
ML5 1RX,

  • +44 (0) 1236 432971

  • Alex Stewart

  • Willie Fernie, James Braid

  • Ian Taylor

Drumpellier Golf Club started out in 1894 as a sporting club within Gartsherrie Church, in the east end of Glasgow. When problems arose with the lease on the original course, the club moved out to the Drumpellier Estate in nearby Coatbridge, where Willie Fernie designed a 9-hole layout for the members.

According to the book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses by John F. Moreton & Iain Cumming, “By 1912, eighteen holes were in play, the newer nine, eight of them, 7 to 14, being approached through a wood and being referred to as the western half.”

The book continues: “After World War I a few holes were realigned, some tees changed, a new green made… In 1923, Braid was there, specifically to bunker the newer nine… He was back in May 1936, to design the present 12th and 13th holes, carved out from woodland.”

The modern day course now measures just under 6,300 yards from the tips, playing to a par of 71. Feature holes include “Colonel Buchanan,” the right doglegged par four 3rd and “Quarry,” the heavily bunkered par three 5th. On the back nine, short par fours at holes 10 and 17 (“Campsie View” and “Kittle Kirk”) might, with a little care, yield a birdie or two.
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Description: Drumpellier Golf Club was established in 1894 and its founding members had the good sense to commission Willie Fernie, the 1883 Open Champion, to layout their undulating parkland course. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

A visit to Drumpellier was long overdue, a ranking position in the Lanarkshire top ten providing the impetus for a long overdue return, a decade after my only other visit. It was therefore almost like a maiden visit for me, with memories of my last game next to non-existent, although I did recall that it was quite a tough track. That opinion has been reinforced and although the course wasn’t in prime condition due to a lot of standing Drumpellier Golf Course - Photo by reviewerwater, you could quickly tell that this is a quality parkland establishment. Two similar in length holes begin your journey, the first being a stiff par 4 and SI 1 on the card, quite unusual to have the toughest hole first I would suggest? The second being slightly easier as it is a par 5. Two fairly non-descript par 4’s follow before the first par 3 at hole number 5. This set the standard for the par 3’s, all of which were excellent, the 12th being the best of the bunch, other solid hole’s followed with a good par 5 to finish a very decent outward 9. Not a great start to the back 9 however, the holes from the aforementioned 12 to the closing hole, more than make up for it. The star of the show being the 16th, a stout par 5 with a quite superb green complex which will test the best of golfers with two short but tricky par 4’s providing a very satisfactory finish to your round. I trust that it won’t be another 10 years before I return here and as the course is normally on the Tee Off Times discount scheme. So if you are looking for a golf on a quality track that won’t burst the bank then Drumpellier should be near the top of your list. MPPJ
4 / 6
August 17, 2015

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I really enjoyed my return visit to Drumpellier, almost exactly ten years since I was last here. The first three holes are laid out on rolling terrain and each of them doglegs right to some extent, leaving approach shots to the green that are all played uphill from the fairway. The par four 5th heads straight downhill to a green that runs away from front to back – Lord knows how you’re meant to hit and hold this putting surface when the course is not nearly as damp underfoot as it was yesterday! Holes 8 to 16 are situated across a lane on land Drumpellier Golf Course - Photo by reviewerused to extend the course from its original 9-hole set up. The par five 9th is a strong hole, well bunkered on the right of the fairway approaching the green, but I wasn’t impressed at all with the hole immediately after it, where the pin position is marked on a board at the tee box to allow big hitters to go for the green with their totally blind tee shot. The sequence from 11 to 16 is excellent, with the uphill 12th and downhill 14th totally different types of par threes, but both are terrific short holes in their own right. I loved the ditch that runs diagonally across the fairway at the 16th, seriously threatening underplayed tee shots and this is the last hole across the lane before the routing returns to where holes 1 to 7 are situated. The short par four 17th appears benign but its 2-tier green (like the one on the 2nd) is definite three-putt territory whilst the fairway on the sharply doglegging 18th tapers in dangerously close by the side of the clubhouse to the home green, ending the round with a final flourish. Drumpellier now sits comfortably at number 4 in the current district rankings and I think that assessment’s about right for a very decent track that’s well worth a visit. Jim McCann
4 / 6
August 05, 2015

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