Falkirk - Central Scotland - Scotland

Falkirk Golf Club,
136 Stirling Road,
Camelon,
Falkirk,
FK2 7YP,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1324 611061

  • David Robinson

  • Peter Robinson, James Braid

  • Stewart Craig

Established in 1922, Falkirk Golf Club (known locally as Carmuirs) invited James Braid to survey the club’s 18-hole layout just five years after its inauguration. According to the book James Braid and his Four Hundred Golf Courses by John F. Moreton & Iain Cumming, Braid “was not radical, suggesting alterations to some tees and greens, but providing a full bunkering scheme. All his recommendations were implemented”. 

The authors continue: “Since then, two new holes, 3rd and 9th, arrived in 1951, a new 10th in 1957, the 11th and 14th in 1965, and the 6th, 7th and 8th in 1981, all replacing holes Braid would have seen, the land remaining the same”. The last three holes were all probably brought into play due to the acquisition of land close to the railway line on the west side of the property so it’s now quite a different course from the one that was in play back in the 1920s. 

Nowadays, the layout measures a healthy 6,230 yards from the back markers on a 116-acre undulating site, with testing opening and closing par fives. “The Spire,” the 493-yard 1st and “Hame,” the 500-yard 18th are both tight, tree-lined holes that demand full concentration right at the start and the very end of the round - woe betide golfers who’re not fully focused as there’s the potential for a scoring disaster on either hole. 

The five par threes on the course are all good one-shot holes but the 205-yard 13th (“Shelter Hall”) is by far the most difficult. It’s not often you’ll find a one-shot hole with a stroke index of 1 but that’s exactly the case here. Played semi-blind uphill into the prevailing wind, with out of bounds on the left, trees on the right and a protective bunker fronting the right hand side of the green, it’s a beast of a hole! 

Since the introduction of the iconic Falkirk Wheel in 2002, the 367-yard 10th, “Canal Wheel,” has become the signature hole at Carmuirs. Golfers tee off across a gully towards the huge rotating boat lift that connects the Forth & Clyde Canal with the Union Canal a mile away and this dramatic landmark forms a terrific backdrop to the hole.    
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Description: Originally laid out by Peter Robinson in 1922 and later modified by James Braid, the parkland course at Falkirk Golf Club is a challenge, especially from the yellow tees where par for the course reduces from 71 to 69. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Having discovered this hidden gem several years ago I try to make a point of returning every year to enjoy its varied and challenging layout. There are some weak holes, notably the stretch from 10-13 but this is more than made up for by the rest of the course. I really like the par 3s at 5 and 16 while 9 and 15 are terrific par 4s. The last two holes are extremely demanding and as you make your way off the course you will already be promising yourself another visit.
4 / 6
Falkirk
July 16, 2015


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Like Jim, it has been a decade since my last visit with my only abiding memory being a shot to the elevated 18th green, so it was almost a blank canvas for me. Having recently played at Falkirk Tryst, I was interested to see how they measured up against each other. The short answer is that they don’t. Tryst is almost flat and relatively boring whereas Carmuirs, as it is known locally, has many changes of elevation and offers a myriad of challenges. One of the features of the course is a ditch which comes in to play many times during your round, Falkirk Golf Course - Photo by reviewerstarting at the first when it introduces itself around about the average driving distance. As it is blind from the tee golfers on a first time visit should take note. Other stand out holes on the front nine are the 3rd, a short par 4 from an elevated tee box to a well-guarded, green, the 4th, possibly the best hole on the course which sees the aforementioned ditch coiling around the second part of a tough dog-leg, the par 3 5th, played to an elevated green with penal rough for over hits, and the 9th, another par 4 to an elevated green which is an absolute beauty of a hole. I found the opening three holes the back 9 disappointing in comparison to what had come before the 13th however, is an interesting par 3 but for the life of me I don’t get its SI1 status, and the closing holes at 15, a strong par 4, 16, a bunker ladened par 3 and the aforementioned 18th, an extremely stout finishing hole which for most will be a one putt par 5 from the back tees. I have to say that I really enjoyed the course, rest assured it won’t be another 10 years before I return here and at under £20 on teeofftimes a bargain that more golfers should take advantage of. MPPJ
4 / 6
Falkirk
July 15, 2015


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Almost exactly ten years after I last played at Carmuirs, I returned for another game last weekend. With Falkirk recently making it into the Central region ranking chart, I thought the course was worth another look and it certainly was, pleasantly surprising me when I discovered just how good a layout it is. Many thousands of trees were planted around the course a decade ago and these are maturing very nicely, giving a nice feeling of seclusion to many of the holes. There’s also a little more land movement thanFalkirk Golf Course - Photo by reviewer I’d remembered on the property and that too was a welcome revelation. At least half a dozen fairways have ditches running across them at some point and that can be an obvious irritation but, if the point is to drain water away then they’re doing a fine job, and you would never know there had been severe rainfall in the area the day before. There’s a nod towards old-fashioned architecture with fairways at holes 8 and 9 crossing over and there are a number of really interesting greens, like the two-tier putting surfaces at the 2nd and 14th. Best holes for me were a couple of short par fours: the 9th, where the green is beautifully framed by trees and tilts markedly from back to front, and the 14th, where a small copse of trees partially blocks the way to the green just short and left of the hole. A slight disappointment was that only two of the five par threes, at the 5th and 16th, are really interesting short holes and I cannot understand why the long 13th attracts a stoke index of 1, even if it is semi-blind and uphill. Nonetheless, Falkirk’s a really decent track and I’m glad I returned for a game here. I just hope it’s not another ten years before I’m back. Jim McCann.
4 / 6
Falkirk
July 10, 2015


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