Glenbervie - Central Scotland - Scotland

Glenbervie Golf Club,
Stirling Road,
FK5 4SJ,

  • +44 (0) 1324 562605

  • Golf Club Website

  • 5 miles NW of Falkirk off A9

  • Welcome anytime, visiting parties on Tuesday and Thursday

  • Ian R Webster

  • James Braid

  • David Ross

Glenbervie Golf Club was home to the Scottish region of the PGA for a good number of years before the PGA moved in the late 1990s to Gleneagles. It is a testing parkland course which has hosted the British Boy’s Championship (won by Jose-Maria Olazábal in 1983 and David Howell in 1993), Scottish Professional Championship (1986 and 1987) and Scottish Youth’s Championship (2005). It has regularly been chosen by the R&A as a regional qualifying course for the Open.

Glenbervie was designed by the late, great James Braid and opened in 1932. Braid was a renowned course architect and this course has plenty of his trademark design features, in particular the positioning of bunkers specifically to create landing areas for tee shots. He was the first golfer to win the Open five times and was one of the original members of the R&A Golf Club. He was also a founder member of the PGA and eventually became its President.

Another great name in Scottish golf is synonymous with Glenbervie – John Panton. He became professional here in 1964 and served the club until he retired in 1984. Four years later he was honoured with the title Honorary Professional to the R&A in St Andrews. John played in three Ryder Cup matches – 1951, 1953 and 1961 – and played in the World Cup 13 times for Scotland. He won eight Scottish PGA titles, the British Matchplay in 1956 and the World Seniors in 1967, defeating Sam Snead 3 and 2 in the final at Wallasey.

There are many strong holes at Glenbervie and the toughest two are located in each half of the course. The first is the 9th a 435-yard dog-legged par four named “Bluebell Wood” where a demanding (uphill) drive is required off the tee, avoiding out of bounds in the trees down the right. A good shot will be needed to reach a position where the well-protected green is in sight (down the other side of the hill) to receive the approach shot .

The second is the 14th a 409-yard par four titled “Braid’s” which is played slightly uphill and against the wind, usually. If the drive is not caught flush then par is a forlorn hope. A good second shot is required to get anywhere close to the flag on this green, especially when positioned on the top tier.

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Description: Glenbervie Golf Club was home to the Scottish region of the PGA for a good number of years before the PGA moved to Gleneagles. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 4

I’d been meaning to play here again for some time now as my last game on this course was all of ten years ago. One of the monthly golf magazines recently included Glenbervie in its Scottish Top 100 listings so that was all the incentive I needed to finally make a return visit.

The par four 1st hole gets the round under way in terrific fashion, where the fairway doglegs left and downhill to the green from a ridge that the clubhouse sits on. It doesn’t take Glenbervie Golf Course - Photo by reviewerlong to appreciate the impressive size and scale of fairways that are set out within a mature parkland property, with single specimen trees and fairway drainage ditches cleverly incorporated into the routing on several of the holes.

The landscape is rolling, featuring agreeable changes in elevation that are never too demanding. Greens are large and reasonably contoured, even with the 2-tiered versions at holes 3, 12, 14 and 18.

On the front nine, I loved the short par four 3rd, doglegging left to the green, and the long par three 7th, which plays to a strong stoke index of 7. The standout holes on the back nine are the two demanding par fours that rise up towards the clubhouse at the 14th and 18th, though the doglegged 12th - artificial fairway pond excepted - is another fine hole on the inward half.

Glenbervie’s a big, solid track that might best be described as a “proper” golf course and I can certainly understand why at least one golf publication has deemed it worthy of a place in its national Top 100 chart.

Jim McCann

4 / 6
October 08, 2015

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Our group of 6 played this at the end of a week's visit to Scotland which inc the likes of Monifieth. Must say it was an excellent way to end the week. The weather was wet and windy, but the welcome was warm and the course excellent. We found it a great and fair test of golf, a good mix of interesting holes and in excellent condition. Compared very favoirable to what had gone before.
5 / 6
September 28, 2012

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Glenbervie is not the cheapest course in the region at £45 per round but they are now doing a deal where you can play after 3pm for £120 for a fourball which also includes a beer. This is a wonderfully conditioned course and a thoughtful, occasionally stern test of parkland golf. It’s a course I choose to play regularly and disagree with the previous reviewer that it is dull.
5 / 6
June 10, 2011

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In my opinion Glenbervie is one of the most over-rated courses in Scotland! After the false dawn of a lovely opening drive from an elevated tee the remainder of the course is a a succession of dull, unmemorable holes (with the exception of the good 17th) culminating in the uphill 18th with its treacherous green. Both my visits here have left me distinctly underwhelmed.
2 / 6
September 08, 2009

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Denis McQuade
June 02, 2010
I have been a member for over 30 years and would probably agree with your comments in 2009. Things have changed dramatically and it's time for a new visit. The course is magnificent this year. I look forward to your next posting
Don Reid
June 22, 2010
Just played the course prior to the Senior's Open. It is in excellent condition and well worth playing. The greens are outstanding!
Gordon Hindley
May 26, 2011
I couldn't agree less with the review that Glenbervie is over rated. I ve played it the last 4 years with my society and its the 1st outing request on the members list. The condition of the course has always been excellent as has the service of the staff from pro shop to clubhouse. It may be upmarket & snobby to the working class lads like us but if you use the various saver schemes such as open fairways you can enjoy golf & catering before and after for £40pp & given the quality of the course & catering thats fantastic value by any of Scotlands best courses/clubhouse standards. The 5th, 6th, 9th, 14th & 18th are worth the gate money alone The course rewards accuracy & length and approach shot placement and you cannot be any fairer than that! I have to use every club in the bag end of!