Pollok - Glasgow - Scotland

Pollok Golf Club,
90 Barrhead Road,
Glasgow,
G43 1BG,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 141 632 1080

  • Donald McKellar

  • Alister MacKenzie

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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.

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Description: During the early 1920s, Dr Alister MacKenzie redesigned Pollok and the golf club annually hosts a Summer Medal competition in honour of the famous architect. Rating: 3.1 out of 6 Reviews: 7

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

4 / 6
Pollok
May 31, 2018


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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. Pollok Golf Course - Photo by reviewerApart 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. Jim McCann
3 / 6
Pollok
June 17, 2014


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The most overrated golf course in the region. I have now idea why this course was ever elected to host professional events as it is so un-awe-inspiring and bland the temptation is just to switch off mid round. A distinct lack of elevation change on every hole except the last. The condition of the course is nothing short of immaculate with the tee boxes being among the tidiest I have encountered. However, there is very little on offer to justify the weighty green fees. Very surprising that there is no midsummer twilight offers given the city centre location. The stuffy clubhouse atmosphere and general aloof attitude of some of the members did not emit a welcoming embrace to visitors. I left with the impression that this is an old school members only sort of place and that it is quite comfortable wearing such a tag. For me this is a one off round just to say that I have played a Mackenzie course.
3 / 6
Pollok
June 29, 2011


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Scotland has a few courses like this (Killermont and Luffness are others) - gentlemens clubs with a prosperous membership and archaic rules about dress and the place of women. As for the attached golf course Pollok is very attractive and in prime condition but rather dull. There is very little to bring you back here.
3 / 6
Pollok
September 08, 2009


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The reviews below are well out of date, I played this course yesterday and it was superb. The clubhouse was very impressive, the staff were all extremely friendly and we had a great lunch there. Tee-off times were very relaxed, and we went out whenever we were ready. The course itself is beautiful, a real pleasure to play. It isn't overly long, which means it isn't hard work, and adds to the overall enjoyment. It is also in magnificent condition, both the fairways and the greens. We didn't want the course to end, and 18 holes didn't seem like enough, which is unusual. This course is a real gem with beautiful scenery, well kept premises and a traditional atmosphere. Throughly recommended.
6 / 6
Pollok
July 21, 2009


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This must be the least friendly club in Scotland. I actually had members tutting at the first tee because we where late teeing off, no fault of our own I may add. The new locker room is fabulous but the praise ends there. The course itself is far from inspiring. A flat boring track, only improved by a nice view of Pollok House, although that is no reason to play this desperately poor course as a visit to all National Trust properties is free, and a better way to spend a Saturday. If you are a woman forget it. You will not get in the club house. The only reason this course has any standing is because it is hard to get on to. As someone who has manged to play it, save your money and go to Cowglen across the road, or better still Haggs Castle five minutes away. To put it bluntly, the course is poor,and the club is shameful with its out dated attitude.
1 / 6
Pollok
August 20, 2005


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Gareth Rigby
April 17, 2007
What a lot of nonsense. Pollok Golf Club is an outstanding institutionwhich is very protective of its elite status. The course has been lengthened over the years nad many signature holes exist. THe fairways and greens are inamazing condition and a fortune has been spent on drainage makiing it the driest course in the West of Scotland. A veritable Gem.
Jeffery
April 25, 2007
I have to agree with that comment, i found the course very boring and a waste of money to play on. The members were very rude, i have no idea why though maybe they were jelous of our talent and annoyed at thier lack of. i would recommend going down to either Cowglen or more so Haggs castle, definetly worth the money...
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? James McCann
2 / 6
Pollok
January 25, 2005


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