Strathmore (Rannaleroch) - Perth & Kinross - Scotland

Strathmore Golf Centre,
PH11 8NZ,

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The Rannaleroch course at Strathmore Golf Centre is the main attraction at an ambitious 27-hole complex that first opened its doors to golfers in the late 1990s.

Laid out by John Salvesen, a former R&A Captain who also designed courses at Charleton and Elmwood in Fife, the course was built in a minimalistic style, with little earth moved during construction on what was formerly a rolling farmland property.

The course begins and ends with challenging par fives: “Tullyfergus,” the 515-yard opening hole, doglegs left to a plateau green and “Balhary,” the 525-yard closing hole plays uphill to a testing two-tiered home green.

The other par five on the front nine, “Lochans,” is considered the signature hole on the scorecard. Rated stroke index 1, it calls for a tee shot across a pond to a fairway that doglegs right around trees to the green.

Other holes of note include back-to-back short par fours at the start of the inward half. “Kirkview,” the 286-yard 10th, features out of bounds on both sides of the fairway and “Powderswells,” the 313-yard 11th, doglegs sharply right to a green that’s protected on the left by sand and water.

“Dunsinane,” the 122-yard 6th hole is the shortest of the four par threes. It may lack length but it’s a tough hole to par because there’s water to contend with to the left of the green and out of bounds to the right.
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Description: Opened in 1996, the 18-hole Rannaleroch layout and 9-hole Leitfie Links short course comprise the exciting 27-hole golf facility at Strathmore Golf Centre. Rating: 5.5 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Jim McCann

My ears pricked up when I read the previous post which seemed to indicate this course deserved a national ranking position so I decided to check it out for myself yesterday. It’s a nice course in a lovely location with good clubhouse facilities but I’m afraid it’s nowhere near the standard required for consideration as a Scottish Top 100 track.

That’s not to say there are not a lot of good things going on at Rannaleroch because it’s Strathmore (Rannaleroch) Golf Course - Photo by reviewerbeautifully routed, maintained to a decent standard, and in possession of a really fine set of sensibly contoured greens. There are a few lovely elevation changes involved along the way, none more so that at the par three 4th and 17th holes, where tee shots plunge down to the green from lofty tee box positions. The 13th is another good short hole, played to a large green that slopes sharply from front to back, but the remaining par three at the 6th is horrible, it’s green sitting behind a ghastly artificial pond.

The most intriguing hole by far is the downhill, slightly left doglegged 16th, where a pin position on the small right hand portion of the green is one of the trickiest you will ever have to putt towards if your approach is played to the wrong side of the green - hardly classic golf design but great fun!

So, there are plenty of good, not so good, entertaining and modestly engaging holes to be played at Strathmore and I can see visiting golf societies enjoying their day out at this modern 27-hole venue in the heart of Perthshire.

Jim McCann.

October 19, 2015
3 / 10
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HCA Macintyre
November 09, 2015
I'd agree with your assessment. I think the people behind the course ramp-up the publicity a bit too much. There's nothing special about the layout and the condition when I played it in April 2015 ahead of a Girl's under16s championship was really quite average. On (amongst others) the 10th fairway it was clear to see the remains of the sour farmland pasture grass (from when the site was a farm some 20 years earlier) which was out of place on a modern (or old)course. The greens were very artificial in their design but I see that the course architect isn't really anyone of any great re-known. All-in-all it's pretty cheap to play which was on the plus side but it strikes me as a course that's not really needed in the area already well-served by Blairgowrie Rosemount and Alyth.
Had the privilege to play this magnificent course on Thursday 16 July 2015. The course was in great nick and the staff extremely helpful and friendly. We forgot our rain gear and we were supplied with an umbrella and a jacket by a very friendly lady in the pro shop. Bacon rolls were delivered to us after 12 holes after we popped into the clubhouse after 9 holes. We also had the most amazing meal in the clubhouse afterwards.The course is challenging but offers lots of variety, some very good holes and the greens were very true. I was surprised to see that the course is not rated in the top 100 courses in Scotland. Having played many of the top rated courses, I feel that this course should be right up there, especially if you consider we only paid £18 for the round.Great experience!
July 20, 2015
8 / 10
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