Loch Lomond is outstanding and deserves to be in the discussion of the finest inland course in the UK or Ireland. Everything about Loch Lomond is outstanding from your arrival at the front gate to when you depart. The service is impeccable, the food is delicious, the accommodations are superb, and the spa is everything one could ever want with its plunge pool with the various water jets or whether you are getting a two hour stone massage.
The setting on a clear day is stunningly gorgeous, nearly perfect. As you tee off on the 15th hole, a downhill dogleg right par four, you are looking right at the mountain. My playing partner said, "I feel like i just stepped into an impressionist painting." It is truly that beautiful.
So, it's a toss-up as to where the most beautiful location is on this golf course. Playing the superb long par five sixth hole along the water, or the treacherous par four seventh, or the eighth with the mansion to your right and the loch to your left, that magnificent 15th, or the finish alongside the other side of the mansion and the loch on 17 and 18.
This course is playable but also strategic. It is superbly conditioned although it can often get a bit wet due to the amount of rainfall.
The best holes for me were 3, a downhill dogleg par five with your first view of the loch, the wonderful short par 3 5th hole, the marvelous long sixth hole along the loch, the difficult par 4 seventh hole, the outstanding 13th hole, or the two finishing holes. There are only two weak hole son the golf course which is the 12th which has a pretty horrible and out-of-place green complex due to the falloff to the right of the green. The 16th, a shorter par five is also a bit weak but that's okay given the quality of the final two holes.
Yes, I like the 9th because you are as likely to make a 3 as you are a 5. It is a short par 4 but requires a deft touch for your short second into the green. Where the pin is located that day makes all the difference in the world. The same applies to 17 and 18.
If you can get a game here you should drop what you are doing to play it because it is exclusive. You don't necessarily need to play it a second round because you will remember it.
Date: September 30, 2019