Old Tom Morris designed the Killermont course at Glasgow Golf Club on the north side of the River Kelvin and the Lord Provost of Glasgow officially opened the undulating parkland layout in 1904. James Braid carried out some modifications to the layout in the mid-1920s whilst the father and son design team of Dave and Paul Thomas has reworked many of the green surrounds in recent years.
Killermont is actually the fifth site around the city where club members have played their golf down the years. The club originally started off at Glasgow Green in 1787 (Glasgow is the 10th oldest in the world) before moving to Queen’s Park (1870), Alexandra Park (1874) then Blackhill (1895) before finally settling in Killermont at the start of the 20th century.
The 398-yard 3rd is a tough hole to encounter so early in a round, playing uphill across the road that leads to the clubhouse, with a set of intimidating cross bunkers to be negotiated en route to the green. On the back nine, the 421-yard 12th is rated the most difficult on the inward half, largely due to a very demanding putting surface that offers no easy pin position on its upturned saucer-shaped green.
Jimmy Kidd, father of architect David McLay Kidd, was Killermont's Head Greenkeeper in the early part of his career before taking up the post of Director of Golf Courses at Gleneagles.
Killermont is a hugely playable & enjoyable course.
Played at end of February 2018. It was cold but the course was in remarkably good shape.
The course flows very well from each green to the next tee. There is also a feeling of seclusion with no real impression that you are in the city.
Apart from 1 hole (the 10th) that has a blind approach to the green (unless you are a bigger hitter) everything is out there in front of you and it is all pretty wide open.
Difficult to get a sense for this in winter, but may not be the toughest course to play - albeit there will be more rough and faster greens during the season.
The holes that stick in my mind are the long par 3 2nd, uphill and 200 yards plus and the par 4 18th. In reality the 2nd is a par 4 for most mortals, but making it a par 3 certainly plays with your mind.
The 18th is a downhill drive with the green hidden to the right behind some trees. Either take on the right hand side to give a short approach (but risk being behind a tree) or venture further left and leave a longer approach,
Excellent experience all round and definitely hope to play again in warmer conditions.
Golfers who think a round at Killermont might be a rather mundane affair, played out over a dull, featureless landscape, are in for a very pleasant surprise when they play here. This venerable Old Tom Morris course exudes class and quality across every inch of its (albeit modest) 6,000-yard length, with subtle changes in elevation adding interest throughout and the excellent greenside mounding and bunker work carried out by Dave Thomas and his son Paul Thomas in recent years adds a significant degree of difficulty to the modern day challenge of the layout.
The quartet of par threes on the card is very good, varying in length between 142 and 241 yards, and the pick of these is the uphill 4th hole. There’s only a couple of par fives, one on each nine at the 5th and 15th, and only three of the par four holes measure in excess of 400 yards. Greens were absolutely top notch when we played, the convex putting surface of the 12th particularly catching the eye.
Killermont deserves the status of a Scottish Top 100 course, even though it retains an ultra-low profile. I get the feeling that Glasgow doesn’t seek to attract casual visitors to its Bearsden base – the club website seems to direct golfers to its excellent links course at Gailes in Ayrshire – though the welcome I received in the impressive old clubhouse was as warm as anyone could wish for.
I’d thoroughly recommend a round here, especially if Glasgow reintroduces its attractive midweek afternoon tee time offer during the summer months.