Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the Roxburghe course is set within a 50,000-acre estate formerly owned by the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. A charming Jacobean mansion doubles up as a clubhouse and a stylish hotel. Within the estate, some three miles away, lies the Duke and Duchess's home, Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. It's truly an exquisite setting.
The Duke, a keen golfer, commissioned former Ryder Cup player Dave Thomas to design the course and it opened for play following an exhibition match between Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie in 1997. The course bears Thomas's hallmarks, large, well-shaped greens and deep bunkers. The Roxburghe is certainly one of his best designs, sitting nicely alongside the Belfry and San Roque. The Scottish Seniors Open was staged at the Roxburghe from 2001 to 2005: David Oakley, Denis Durnian, Nick Job, Terry Gale and Bill Longmuir proved worthy Roxburghe winners.
Scoring well requires stout driving from the numerous elevated tees to the generous fairways. We suggest that you select your tee box carefully. There are four positions, ranging from 7,111 yards at the back, to a more leisurely 5,660 yards from the forward tees. The course makes good use of the natural features of the land, including the various elevation changes and the salmon rich River Teviot. The signature hole is undoubtedly the 14th, a stunning par five, aptly named "Viaduct". The river and a steep bank run along the left, guarding the full length of the hole, whilst the imposing viaduct watches silently on. It's a serious challenge, which belies its stroke index of 15.
The Roxburghe is certainly located at "The Gateway to Scottish Golf" and it will definitely provide a memorable test of golf for all standards. The setting is very special indeed - a delightful historic estate, with a fine golf course and a tasteful, understated hotel. Take the opportunity to visit Floors Castle and gardens, which are open to visitors. They're a real joy.
In 2018, a German property developer concluded a multi-million pound deal for the hotel and golf course. Dusseldorf-based 12.18. Investment said it planned to spend around £30 million in a redevelopment which would add fifty-seven more rooms, a spa and sixty lodges on the surrounding estate. The new facility reopened the following year as Schloss Roxburghe.
A group of us are going shortly for a couple of rounds of golf, friends have recomended the course and Hotel. As for the buggy situation I always phone to see if available, if they are I book one.
What a disappointment. The Roxburghe was listed in the ‘Golf World’ magazine top 100 (at no.93) in November 2002 – making it supposedly the 5th best inland course in Scotland. Sadly, it failed miserably to live up to high expectations.
OK, as a confirmed links golfer it was going to take something to convince me that this parkland track was worth the 2-hour journey from Glasgow to play but it didn’t even come close to feeling like a course with such a former high ranking.
Plus points were the fact that they take discounted green fee vouchers, have lovely little ball markers for sale in the small pro shop, allow you to play off whatever tee you think suits your handicap and the fairway markers on every hole were both plentiful and well sited.
Minus points were the treks from green to tees (hiking boots and thermos not quite required, but not far off), very furry, slow greens (I know it was early season in April but still no excuse for a place purporting to be top drawer) and the feeling that this place still has a lot of bedding in to do after nearly 10 years.
Hpw it has managed to attract the Scottish Seniors tournament in recent years beats me. Oh, and the overstated Dave Thomas bunkering does get on your nerves after you’ve been in several of them and not even played six holes yet!
The signature 14th hole from the back tee (at 571 yards) IS a memorable hole but too many of the others have a very contrived feel to them. Take my advice if you must have a round in the Borders; try the other Thomas creation which is at nearby Cardrona, by Peebles where you will love the USGA-standard greens.