Roxburghe - Borders - Scotland

Schloss Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course,
Heiton,
Kelso,
Roxburghshire,
TD5 8JZ,
Scotland


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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.

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Description: Located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the Schloss Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course is set within a 50,000-acre estate, formerly owned by the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Rating: 7.1 out of 10 Reviews: 24
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jimmy dash
This is a great golf course with great people in the clubhouse and shop. This was my 191st golf course so I've seen a few. I cannot see any creditability for any of the negative reviews here. On the 1st of November the tees, fairways and greens were all in excellent condition. Despite the recent rain there was run on the fairways and the pitchmarks on the greens were usually minor indentations. This is an undulating course with longish walks from greens to tees so we chose a buggy. The holes were all excellent designs, the views off the course were superb. I will without any doubtful reservations play this superb course again.
November 01, 2014
10 / 10
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Mike stephen
I found the golf course to be long and challenging. Beautiful views of surrounding area on a nice day made it a lovely place to be. The course was in great condition very well presented and the greens were brilliant very quick a bit patchy in places but running great. I found the bunkers well placed and demanding accurate tee shots and the short holes , although not so short difficult but interesting. Long walks between many of the greens and tees added to the fact they couldn't provide a buggy spoiled it for me - age taking it's toll therefore I would not play here again unless buggies were available.liked the course though and the condition of it . Heavy rough adds to the examination and raised greens makes your approach shots hard all in all a stern test of golf.
September 05, 2014
6 / 10
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September 08, 2014
not sure about the buggy issue. ive played here several times and always had no problem getting a buggy..its a long slog of a walk otherwise. I hear the course is in fantastic condition in the build up to a European Tour Q school tournament in mid september. maybe thats why you could not use a buggy - usually you can
KL
March 27, 2016

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.

CJY Lawrence
I would have to agree with others who have commented (members bias excepted) about the 'greatness' of the Roxburghe. I've played in many times (father a member) but I'm not alone in considering it vastly over-rated. Sure it stands out in the Borders where Cardona aside there's little to get proper golfers excited but how they get away with the 'Gateway to Scottish Golf' nonsense is beyond me; the Borders is not an area that real golfers bother about - East Lothian (Scotland's Golf Coast as it's officially called with Muirfield, North Berwick, Dunbar and Gullane) or Ayrshire with Troon, Turnberry and Western Gailes, the north with Old Moray, Royal Dornoch, Balgownie etc and of course Fife and Tayside with St Andrews, Elie, Crail, Carnoustie and Panmure are the REAL deal. The Roxburghe with its pseudo country-club set up but long, tedious and unattractive layout (save for the railway viaduct which of course the designers had no hand in!) just doesn't cut it. Save your money if you're tempted to take a trip to the Borders and instead head an hour's dive across to East Lothian; that's proper golf. CJYL
November 19, 2013
2 / 10
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November 20, 2013
agree in part with your review of the roxburghe, does not compare with East lothian, ayrshire...but its not terrible. its worth giving it a go if you havent played it before...for choice try goswick which is only about 40 minutes from kelso...its a terrific links just south of berwick upon tweed.
Jim Robertson
It's been a few years since I played the Roxburghe and it would not bother me were I never to return. Long, uninteresting holes separated by long, uninteresting walks. Oh, and I must mention the long, uninteresting bunkers that dominate the layout. There are a couple of bright spots : the downhill 10th is a fine challenge and the signature 14th a work of golfing art. A course has to be something special to justify both the expense and the time you will spend at the Roxburghe. Something special it ain't.
December 18, 2011
2 / 10
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Adam Heyes
I've played the Roxburghe twice now, both times in summer and would class this as an excellent track for society golf, plus the view from the 14th is awesome (hit a wayward shot there, think I hit a salmon). I like the layout in that so many of the holes are secluded which makes you feel that your the only person on the course.It may not be upto the standard of some of the great courses, but it is challenging enough that it is a course I could happily play every week as a member
September 03, 2010
8 / 10
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Ian Smith
The Roxburghe is very much a course to be played in the summer. We played it on 25/4/10 and although the fairways and tees were fine, the greens were slow, spongy and looked dreadful with large brown and orange patches. It's clearly suffering from the harsh winter and needs some warm weather. There are some good holes (1,2,4,10,11,14) but too many poor ones (3,8,12,15,17). It's also long, even from the yellow tees, with lots of lengthy walks between holes. Our group were all shattered by the end. It's a good course to play in mid-summer but I won't be rushing back at this time of year. IS
April 26, 2010
6 / 10
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David Bostock
Stayed at the hotel in June and played the course on consecutive days, once from the yellow tees and once from the white. It's long from the white tees and unless your tee shots are right out of the meat you will be hitting lots of fairway woods. That said, from the yellows it's a very playable and very enjoyable course with some excellent holes (not just the 14th). A buggy is advisable unfortunately because there are several long walks from green to tee. Pro and staff very helpful and course in fantastic condition.
July 05, 2009
8 / 10
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Steve Clark
I have been a member here for a couple of years now and really enjoy playing this course. You can play from any tee, but you will enjoy yourself more if you are realsitic about your abilities! There are loads of great holes, the 10th hole particularly stands out, a very long par four, with the river just behind the green. I am especially fond of playing the front nine, which is very secluded and has great views (plus it is easier!!).
September 07, 2008
10 / 10
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Jim McCann
September 10, 2008
I'm sorry, but of all the 100+ Scottish courses I've played in recent years, The Roxburghe has been BY FAR the most disappointing - maybe I've overlooked something here but to my mind it just does doesn't deserve such a high ranking for such an ordinary, slightly contrived, run-of-the-mill layout!
cjfoster
played in 2006. Did not play well but this is an impressive inland course with much to commend all handicap levels. Facilities bascs but worth it for the course and its condition. It will develop into a major venue.
October 27, 2007
6 / 10
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Rob Dawson
December 30, 2009
Would have to agree with Jim McCann, have played several inland courses better than this one, mainly they are better because they are established and don't rely on length as their defence. Felt the Roxburghe was a bit one dimensional in that it was all long holes without a break and lacking the finishing touches of good greens etc, we played in late July and the greens were average then. Worth a visit perhaps but not in preference to plenty of others, namely West Linton, Duddingston, Mortonhall etc
Jim McCann

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.

Jim McCann

April 17, 2006
4 / 10
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