Woll - Borders - Scotland

Woll Golf Club,
New Woll Estate,
Ashkirk,
Selkirkshire,
TD7 4PE,
Scotland


  • +44 (0) 1750 32711

  • Nicholas Brown

  • Alex Cleghorn, Chalmers Stillie

  • None

Designed by local professional Alex Cleghorn, the course at Woll Golf Club started out as a 9-hole affair when it first opened for play in 1993. New owners took over eight years later and they immediately resolved to expand the course to a full 18-hole layout. By 2004, the additional nine was in use, with the old holes at 3 to 9 re-sequenced as the new 12 to 18. 

The reconfigured course now measures just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, playing to a par of 70, with three par fives – two of them played back-to-back at the 12th and 13th – and five par threes on the scorecard. The club decided to upgrade its greens to USGA standard in 2014 and began this process on six of the original holes. 

The par threes are all feature holes, with ponds in play at the 133-yard 5th and 166-yard 17th. “Hare’s Back” at the 8th and “Roman Cundy,” the downhill 11th, are both pleasing on the eye but the best of the short holes is the 155-yard 15th (“Saddle”), playing to an elevated green that’s protected by a couple of bunkers to the front of the putting surface. 
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Description: Designed by local professional Alex Cleghorn, the course at Woll Golf Club started out as a 9-hole affair when it first opened for play in 1993... Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Visiting the so called lesser lights of the Scottish golfing scene has been our modus operandi recently, the latest trip being a visit to Woll in the Scottish Borders. Now it is perhaps true to say that Woll might not have been on our golfing radar, but if this change of focus has taught me anything it is that there is a lot of quality courses to be played at this level, and it is perhaps it is something that we should have tapped into years ago.Initial impressions were good, welcome was friendly and off course facilities pleasant. The course also didn’t disappoint with the best of the front nine being with the opening hole, a charming short par 4, and the sixth, a tough two shotter with out of bounds lurking behind a stone wall to the left of the fairway, eventually playing to a semi pulpit green.The back nine was a step up in standard with the closing five holes in particular providing excellent golf. Stand out feature of the back 9 for me is undoubtedly the trio of par 3’s at 11,15 and 17, all different in design but all terrific, the 15th in particular being as good as any par 3’s played this year and the 17th with its water and bunkering another stiff test.Woll may not feature high in anyone’s play list but I would advise that it is a venue well worth the visit with a terrific back 9 in beautiful surroundings and the sort of venue which would be an ideal accompaniment to a visit to The Roxburghe or Goswick. MPPJ
3 / 6
Woll
October 09, 2015


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The first is a fine short par four opening hole, dog legging left to make good use of a burn that runs in front of the green. I liked the 2-tier green on holes 4 and 7 though, on the latter, I can’t for the life of me understand why anybody would want a forward pin placement on a putting surface that runs sharply away from front to back. The pace really picks up on the back nine, even though most of the holes are set out on flatter terrain. I award Woll Golf Course - Photo by reviewerholes a score of up to 3 points when playing a course for the first time and the total for the last seven holes was exactly double what I’d marked for the preceding eleven holes. The green on the par five 13th is nicely contoured, the right doglegged 14th is a terrific short par four and the slightly uphill short par three 15th is possibly the signature hole on the card. I’m not sure the new pond in front of the 17th green was necessary and it still looks a little rough around the edges but that will surely improve over time. The course is obviously still evolving after a couple of decades in operation and it’ll be in better shape when all the greens have been converted to USGA specifications. It’s obvious the club is trying to improve both the on course playing experience and the off course clubhouse facilities so top marks to Woll for investing in the future when others are maybe struggling to do so. Jim McCann.
3 / 6
Woll
October 02, 2015


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