Blairgowrie - 2016 SGTA Best Course £50-100
When Old Tom Morris visited Blairgowrie Golf Club for a match against the captain and secretary in 1890, he described it as, “the most beautiful inland green I have ever seen”. Less than a mile from Invermay, the Club now boasts two superb 18-hole courses – Rosemount and Lansdowne – and the Wee Course, a terrific 9-hole track.
All of the courses enjoy crisp, springy heathland turf, with holes carved through a landscape of heather, birch and pine, where you’re more likely to be disturbed by roe deer than other golfers.
Rosemount (6,630 yards) was originally laid out by Dr Alister McKenzie (Augusta National and Cypress Point) and then further developed by James Braid. There are no hills or blind holes, but there are lots of dog-legs and beautiful large, undulating greens. As the more mature of the two “big” courses, Rosemount provides a succession of holes through tall pine-lined avenues, each so secluded you feel you might be the only one playing the course.
Rosemount was the scene of Greg Norman’s European Tour victory in 1977 and the venue for the 2014 Junior Ryder Cup.
Youngster Lansdowne (7,007 yards), which was designed by Peter Alliss & Dave Thomas, recently celebrated its 40th birthday. It has hosted many professional and amateur events, including the Scottish Amateur Championship and the PGA Professional Championship. Some say, Lansdowne is a sterner test than Rosemount, certainly longer and tighter from the tiger tees, and with subtle, strategic bunkering around the greens adding to both the attractions and the difficulties.
The Wee Course (2,327 yards) is a real gem in its own right – a beautifully-manicured, wonderfully-designed layout. It’s a well-balanced combination of 3s and 4s displaying most its big brothers’ trademark features.
Superb practice facilities comprise two ranges, short game area and putting green and a beautiful clubhouse provides excellent catering.
Traditional Members' Club
Blairgowrie is a traditional members’ club, but that doesn’t prevent it giving visitors a warm welcome. Its commitment to customer service has been recognised by a WorldHost award.
As Peter Alliss says, “The place just oozes charm and class”.
If you can leave Blargowrie behind, nearby Alyth (8 miles) has another three excellent courses to offer: Alyth, itself, a tree-lined layout over rolling heathland woven through with the Alyth Burn and Strathmore, where you can choose between the challenging 18-hole Rannelaroch, or the more approachable 9-hole Leitfie and excellent practice facilities.
And, if all of this is not enough, Invermay is also the perfect base for your Scottish Golf Grand Tour. It’s less than an hour’s drive from each of St Andrews, Carnoustie and Gleneagles, as well as a host of other wonderful courses.
Invermay provides secure storage for your clubs and other equipment, excellent drying facilities and, if you need any help planning your golf trip, we can provide expert advice and assistance.