A short drive (by car) to the south of Glasgow city centre lies the 13th century Pollok Estate and its impressive 18th century mansion. With its delightful gardens and more than 1,000 species of rhododendrons, it’s a place of great majesty. The White Cart River wends its way through the estate adding its own charm.
The Pollok Golf Club was founded in 1892 and the hands of an unknown architect originally laid out the course. During the early 1920s, Dr Alister MacKenzie redesigned Pollok and the club annually hosts a Summer Medal competition in honour of the famous architect.
It will come as no surprise that Pollok is a park course and it is defined by the many majestic trees, which flank the agreeably flat fairways. With magnificent oak, chestnut, elm, ash and beech trees in abundance, this really is a pleasant walk in the park.
The course itself is relatively short, measuring 6,358 yards from the medal tees, with par set at 71. Length from the tee is not an important factor at Pollok but finding the right position on the fairways is the key to a good score. Renowned for the quality of the putting greens, Pollok will present an honest and fair test for golfers of all standards.
This is where I learnt to play golf (if one ever learns) I have not played ti now for many years but from what I read not much has changed. Polllok is normally in really good condition, not too busy, not too long, not too exacting and with a comfortable clubhouse. You can enjoy your golf here but it may not be memorable although I can remember enjoying many rounds here.
David Laird 2018
I returned to Pollok yesterday, just over ten years after first playing here, and I’m afraid my opinion of the course hasn’t really changed much. Apart from the opening and closing couple of holes, the property is really rather flat and slightly tedious, with only a few subtle changes in elevation to speak of. In fairness, it’s hard to make any course appear interesting when the acreage it sits on is so uninspiring.
Indeed, if it wasn’t for the flash-faced Mackenzie-style bunkers that prevail on almost every hole, there wouldn’t be much of merit to write about, as even the course routing is pretty pedestrian. At least the club is now entering the 21st century by offering a limited number of discounted green fees via a third party website (hence the impetus for my visit) so fair play to Pollok for that.
I just can’t see many repeat rounds being booked.
Played the course in October 2003. What a welcome we got at the front door by the caddiemaster and the locker rooms are nothing short of sensational after a recent refurbishment. Yes, the clubhouse experience was very good but I'm afraid I found the course as dull as dishwater.Largely flat (apart from the hill up to the 18th which must get the old boys puffing a bit) and bland throughout, my partner and I agreed that other courses in the very near vicinity were better places to play - sorry, Pollok, though the terrain must suit the members that we saw out that day, many of them wearing plus fours. Is this some sort of unofficial regalia at the club?