Haggs Castle - Glasgow - Scotland

Haggs Castle Golf Club,
70 Dumbreck Road,
Glasgow,
G41 4SN,
Scotland


  • +44 (0)141 427 1157

  • Alan Williams

  • Dave Thomas

  • Campbell Elliott

Haggs Castle is a wonderful private member’s course set in mature parkland in the Pollok Estate on the south west side of Glasgow, very close to the city centre. Opened in 1910, the course is laid out on land which belonged to the Maxwell family – other parts of the huge estate have since been turned over by the family to the City Council for the enjoyment of the general population, resulting in the establishment of the Burrell Art Collection within these extensive grounds.

Haggs is the nearest course to the city centre, conveniently accessed by the M8 motorway and it’s hard to believe that the golfer is so close to the centre of the metropolis as he or she plays in such a secluded, woodland setting.

Such is the challenge of the golf course, it has hosted a number of European Tour and Scottish PGA events over the years – Bernhard Langer won the Glasgow Classic in 1983, Ken Brown claimed the Glasgow Open in 1984 with Howard Clark taking the title in 1985.

After a 12-year hiatus from the European Tour calendar, the Scottish Open was hosted at Haggs Castle Golf Club in 1986, won by David Feherty. Bell’s sponsored the event for eight years, but in 1987 the event moved from Glasgow to Gleneagles in Perthshire, where the tournament remained until 1994.

The course was originally made up of nine holes which were located between the railway and Dumbreck Road. These were added to later on when another nine holes were routed through woodland further into the estate. During the 1990s, holes 4, 5 and 9 to 12 were lost due to a nearby motorway development and new holes, designed by Dave Thomas, were introduced to compensate for this.

The 9th, a 406-yard par four, is right doglegged and it’s called “Roon the Bend”. It’s the hardest hole on the card for the front nine. The advice here is to think position. The tee shot should be aimed at the lone tree in the left of the fairway to leave a mid to long iron to the green. The approach to the putting surface must not be left, as it will end up in one of the bunkers at the foot of a steep slope.

The 426-yard par four 14th is a dogleg left titled “The Avenue” and it’s the signature hole at Haggs Castle. The drive has to be a minimum of 230 yards to the centre of the fairway. The second shot is played down a chute of trees to a well-protected two-tiered green. Beware though, if the tee shot is left from the tee or the approach shot is offline, you may well end up in the trees.

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Description: Such is the quality of Haggs Castle Golf Club, it has hosted a number of European Tour and Scottish PGA events over the years. Rating: 3.7 out of 6 Reviews: 3

Haggs is a lush, mature parkland course, laid out conveniently close to Glasgow city centre, allowing workers to nip straight onto the 1st tee on the way home but it never really got my Haggs Castle - Photo by Jim McCannpulse racing, I’m afraid. I didn’t anticipate any of the pleasant elevation changes that I encountered as I had imagined the course to be pretty flat so that was a bonus. I was also surprised by the number of dog legs in the design, adding a degree or two of difficulty to the round but overall I was left feeling slightly underwhelmed after playing here. Only three of the fourteen par fours are in excess of 400 yards so its easy to see why the overall yardage from the regular tees is a touch under 6,000 yards – though the course played longer when I played due to the amount of rain that fell that day. One of the best holes on the front nine is the 9th, named “Roon the Bend,” which has a tree in the middle of the fairway whilst stroke index 1 on the card is “The Avenue,” the left doglegged 14th hole, with trees on either side of the narrow fairway protecting the approach shot to the green. A decent member club course worth playing if you are a visitor to the city with some spare time to kill at the end of a business trip. Jim McCann
3 / 6
Haggs Castle
August 26, 2008


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Haggs Castle Situated within striking distance of Glasgow City Centre and Glasgow airport, Haggs Castle is a thinking golfers course (I was going to say thinking mans course but the suffragettes would be after me). If you want to score well, you have to plot your way around so if you are a Happy Gilmore or Big Bubba clone then I suggest this course may not be for you. Haggs is a course of dog-legs, burns and trees with the first two elements effecting eight holes each. Trees come in to play on most holes but three pieces of arboreal artistry really caught my eye. The 6th hole has two tall trees guarding the green, like the sentries standing outside Buckingham Palace. This obviously narrows the entrance to the green and makes the hole very difficult. A solitary tree in the middle of the 13th fairway leaves you scratching your head, how to pay the hole. Go right, you are in the fields. Go left, and the rough awaits. So you either lay up or attempt to fire your drive over the top of it. My favourite hole on the course is the 14th, Avenue, a dog-leg par 4 culminating in the daunting shot which you have to thread through an avenue of trees. This is a very tough hole and bogey is no disaster here. I have to say the stretch of holes between 13 and 16 inclusive really elevate the status of the course. I always enjoy playing Haggs Castle because it is always in good condition, it is very fair and last but not least for an aging codger like myself, it’s not too tough on the old limbs. So if you are in the vicinity of Glasgow City Centre and you have half a day to spare, you could do a lot worse than take a trip to Haggs Castle. However, leave your 9 degree lofts and stiff shafts at home because this is a course for the cerebral golfer. MPPJ
4 / 6
Haggs Castle
August 01, 2008


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Played Haggs a couple of times now and have to say that the first time I played back in 2004 I was under whelmed by the steep price and the poor condition of the greens (woolly and slow) and the tees and fairways which were left too long and appeared unkempt. But when I was invited to play here again last summer by a member I was pleasantly surprised. The condition had improved and, perhaps because I didn’t have to pay the steep visitors green fee, was not wincing over every expensive shot! The winter visitors green fee is very reasonable at £20 a round so grab a bargain round out of season.
4 / 6
Haggs Castle
February 27, 2008


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