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Top 10 Golf Courses in Lanarkshire 2015

17 June, 2015

Top 10 Golf Courses in Lanarkshire 2015

Lanarkshire Best in Region rankings updated

If links golf is what you’re looking for then Lanarkshire’s hardly going to be a golfing destination of first choice as this land locked region boasts no coastal layouts within its boundaries in the central lowlands of Scotland. There are over thirty tasty inland courses to choose from however and we’ve just updated our rankings, listing what we believe to be the best ten layouts in the area.

The celebrated moorland course at Lanark remains our number 1 course and, so far, it’s the only one in Lanarkshire to currently occupy a position within our Scottish Top 100 rankings. Extended to an 18-hole layout by Old Tom Morris at the end of the 19th century then revised by James Braid in the mid-1920s, Lanark is renowned for its general conditioning.

The James Braid-designed course at Hamiltonswaps places with Strathaven, which climbs one position to number 2 in our chart. This course dates back to 1907, when Willie Fernie laid out nine holes, with the layout subsequently doubled in size during the mid-1960s. Now boasting a full set of USGA-specification greens, it’s an impressive track that’s now knocking on the door of national ranking recognition.

Another three courses received favourable reports from respondents to our recent survey of courses in Lanarkshire and they all make upward moves in our new listings: Drumpellier rises two spots to number 4, Bothwell Castle climbs four positions to number 5 and Colville Park advances two places to number 6.

Crow Wood, Shotts and Wishaw all drop out of our chart, replaced in this edition by Carnwath at number 7, Carluke at number 8 and East Kilbride at number 10. Courses which just missed out on a ranking this time include the likes of Airdrie, Kirkhill and Torrance House.

We’re grateful to the clubs and professionals that contributed to our re-ranking process. To view the new Lanarkshire Top 10, click the link. If you’ve played extensively across this region and would like to get involved in shaping our next chart then drop Editor-in-Chief Keith Baxter an email at [email protected].

Jim McCann
Top 100 Golf Courses


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